Storytelling Metaphors in Play Therapy

May 13, 2022. 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Date/ Time:

May 13, 2022

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

9:00 AM - 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Live Webinar


The development and use of metaphors create a bridge of connection between the listener and the therapeutic message within the story or activity. Focusing on an Ericksonian resiliency-focused perspective, we will look at how to use real-life experiences, cultural stories, and elements of nature as metaphors that can facilitate transformational healing, balance, and wellness for children who are facing life and learning challenges. Included will be examples showing how metaphors can connect to the innate gift of childhood curiosity and discovery.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe how storytelling in play therapy is healthy for the brain and emotional development.

2. Learn how to release your inner storyteller using four steps to develop a narrative in Play Therapy.

3. Utilize everyday experiences as stories to help children and teens in Play Therapy.

4. Identify how traditional cultural stories enrich the lives of children and teenagers in Play Therapy.

5. Utilize elements of nature to create a storytelling metaphor 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.”

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: Play Therapy Skills and Methods or Special Topics (3)

Please Note: The CE certificate will be awarded 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, 2022, 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.

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