Culture, Metaphors, and Play Therapy: Finding the Rainbows of Resilience through Life’s Storms

August 2, 2021 6:00PM-9:00PM ET

Date/ Time:

August 2, 2021

6:00 PM-9:00 PM Eastern Time

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Online- Live Webinar


Trauma and attachment have been major focuses in our field of child, adolescent, and family play therapy in recent years. However, two areas often overlooked or minimized are the sociocultural view of how historical oppression and cultural resilience have impacted the healing process with children, adolescents, and families. Utilizing the resiliency-focused principles of Milton H. Erickson, Transcultural teachings, and elements of the StoryPlay® model, this play therapy webinar will provide participants with a socio-cultural lens through which to expand their ability to develop and utilize culturally respectful metaphors and creativity into their play therapy practice. Participants will be able to explore their own beliefs, spirituality, cultures of origin, stories, and traditions, and how they impact their work as play therapists.

Learning Objective:

  • Describe how to activate a sense of hope and positive therapeutic attachment in the first play therapy session.
  • Identify five cultural elements that impact our work as Play Therapists.
  • Explain how to recognize, utilize, and nurture inner strengths as seeds for developing a storytelling metaphor for children and adolescents in Play Therapy
  • Use a culturally respectful StoryCraft that can promote healing in play therapy.

Your Instructor

Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D., RPT-S
Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D., RPT-S

Founder of StoryPlay® Global, award-winning Play Therapist, author of eight books, and considered an expert in metaphorical interventions, Dr. Joyce Mills is an internationally recognized storyteller, consultant, workshop leader, program development specialist, and keynote speaker to medical, psychological, and educational organizations. With “resiliency” and “creativity” at its heart, Dr. Mills developed StoryPlay®, a new Ericksonian Indirective model of Play Therapy helping children, adults, families, and communities heal from trauma and disaster. In addition to her training programs, Dr. Mills is a Co-Director of the Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therapy, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a registered Play Therapy Supervisor. Her books include: Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within (Second Edition); Reconnecting to the Magic of Life; Butterfly Wisdom; Little Tree, Gentle Willow; and Sammy the Elephant and Mr. Camel.

Award-winning Co-Author of Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within

2014 – AZ Association for Play Therapy for “Distinguished Service” award during their 19th Annual State Conference in Phoenix Arizona.

2014 – Paris France – “Lifelong work and contributions to the field of multicultural hypnotherapy.”

Recipient of the 1997 Annual Play Therapy International Award for an

“Outstanding career contribution to the field of child psychology & play therapy.”

Course Curriculum

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CE Information:
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (3hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

APT CE Hour Area: Special Topics (3)

Please Note: The CE certificate will be awarded within 3 business days to those who attend the entire webinar, complete a multiple-choice test, and fill out course evaluations. No partial credit will be given. Play Therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Effective May 15, 2020, through June 30, 2021, APT Approved Providers may temporarily offer "contact" hours for online continuing education." All of our Live webinars during this time period will meet APT's requirements to provide "Contact CE" credit. In order to be eligible, participants must keep their cameras on throughout the webinar. Please contact us with any questions.

For general information, special needs, or grievances, please contact Beth Couturier at [email protected] You will receive a response within 24 hours

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