The Therapeutic Use of Stories in Play Therapy

March 26, 2021 10:00AM-1:00PM ET


March 26, 202110:00AM-1:00PM Eastern Time

7:00AM - 10:00AM Pacific Time


Live Webinar


Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form. (Jean Luc Godard)

Like play, stories and the use of stories have been part of humans’ everyday existence since the beginning of humankind. (Murray, S. 2020). The use of stories are an essential aspect of Play Therapy and are a vital skill for a Play Therapist. This workshop will look at the therapeutic use of stories in Play Therapy. This experiential workshop will explore the different types of story use and the beneficial aspects for both the child and the Play Therapist. It will examine the neuroscience of the use of stories and how stories can bring about turning points and change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss why Play Therapist use stories in Play Therapy
  • Explain the therapeutic role of stories in Play Therapy
  • List the therapeutic powers of stories
  • Identify the developmental stages of stories linked with play
  • Demonstrate skills in the therapeutic use of stories in Play Therapy

Your Instructor

Sonia Murray
Sonia Murray

Sonia Murray holds a Diploma in Social Work and is a registered Play Therapist with the British Association of Play Therapists. She has thirty years of experience as a practitioner in the fields of child abuse, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, children’s mental health, childhood trauma, parenting programmes and Play Therapy. Sonia trains nationally and internationally on topics related to Play Therapy, understanding behaviour, play, communicating with children, behaviour management, positive parenting. Her work history includes employment as a childcare Social Worker, parent worker, Play Therapist in Education and Social Care and Health settings. Sonia provides consultation, supervision and training in both statutory and voluntary fields of children and young people’s services. Sonia has also contributed to a number of publications, including a chapter on Play Therapy in Schools in Becoming & Being a Play Therapist.

Sonia has served on the Board of Directors for British Association of Play Therapists in a variety of capacities including Treasurer and chair of Business and Research sub-committees for nearly ten years. Sonia is passionate about understanding children and young people and gains so much from supporting and advising others who are wanting to develop children, young people and families’ lives.

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 Area: Play Therapy Skills and Methods (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

This course is closed for enrollment.