Healing Wounded Hearts: Understanding Attachment Disruptions in Childhood Using Attachment Centered Play Therapy

September 18, 2020 and September 25, 2020 10:00AM-1:00PM ET

Date/ Time:

September 18, 2020 and September 25, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00 PM ET

Online- Live Webinar


Through this 2 part webinar series, play therapists will learn about the challenges that attachment disruptions can cause in childhood, as well as how to create healing, hope, and felt security with their child and adolescent clients and families. Through the lens of attachment theory, participants will gain a new understanding of how children and families interact and bond to one another in healthy vs maladaptive ways. We will be exploring how trauma, abuse, and neglect impact the bonds of attachment within the family system and how the power of Attachment Centered Play Therapy can help to heal these wounds.

Participants will spend each day learning new and innovative play therapy techniques including hands on experiential activities, sand tray interventions, and expressive arts. You will leave with a creative toolbox of tips, techniques, and a clear understanding of how attachment styles impact relationships.

Day 1: Introduction to Attachment Centered Play Therapy, Identifying Attachment Patterns and Attachment Wounding

Day 2: Treating Attachment Disrupted and Attachment Wounded Children and Families Using Attachment Centered Play Therapy

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how attachment theory applies to play therapy and to view family systems through the lens of attachment.
  • Conceptualize attachment patterns that impact parent-child relationships.
  • Conceptualize generational attachment patterns and how these manifests in family-based play therapy.
  • Analyze attachment theory as it applies to play therapy to provide integrated therapeutic treatment.
  • Evaluate the four key concepts of attachment theory and how these concepts apply to attachment centered play therapy.
  • Analyze various family systems through the lens of attachment theory to strengthen clinical assessment skills.

Your Instructor

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S is an international speaker, award winning author, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has specialized in providing play therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Child & Adolescents at Wasatch Family Therapy. Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy professional trainings on Attachment Centered Play Therapy, Family, and Trauma issues both nationally and internationally.

Ms. Mellenthin is a sought-after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She is the Past-President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy and remains an active member on the Board of Directors. She is the author of Attachment Centered Play Therapy; Play Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders; My Many Colors of Me Workbook, and has authored several chapters and articles. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings and appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues.

CE Information:
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (6hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

This course is closed for enrollment.