Using Play Therapy to Teach Social Skills

October 26, 2020 October 28, 2020 and October 29, 2020 7:00PM-9:00PM ET

Date/ Time:

October 26, 2020 October 28, 2020 and October 29, 2020

7:00PM-9:00PM ET

Online- Live Webinar

Children who lack social skills are ignored, rejected or bullied. Teaching social skills through “talking” about the skills does not seem to be understood by children who have social deficiencies. They know what to do, but they just don’t do it. Play Therapy is a natural course to take to teach social skills to children. Through individual or group settings, the play opens the avenue to knowledge by allowing the child to feel what it is like to have social skills. These children cannot learn by just seeing or hearing. Children who are deficient in social skills need to feel it to know it. When something is fun, children persist at it, learn more, and become more fully engaged. This workshop will provide the participants with various methods of play therapy that can be used to teach social skills. DVD presentations will illustrate some of the techniques, while others will be done experientially.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define four categories of social skills
  • Understand the importance of social skills
  • Discuss some clinical and subclinical concerns for socially deficient children
  • Understand Cognitive Development
  • Discuss how play therapy enhances social skills development
  • Learn how to use play therapy in order to facilitate social skills.

Your Instructor

Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S
Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S

Dr. Heidi Gerard Kaduson is a licensed clinical child psychologist in New York and New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She specializes in the evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional and learning problems. She is obtaining her masters in Psychopharmacology for Prescribing Psychologists.
Dr. Kaduson uses play therapy for individual counseling, group psychotherapy, and social skills training. She has lectured throughout the world on Play Therapy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. She has trained and/or supervised thousands of individuals around the world. Dr. Kaduson is Past-President and a past-Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Play Therapy, as well as the Director of The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc.

Dr. Kaduson is editor and author of many books: The Quotable Play Therapist; The Playing Cure; and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Vol. III, Short Term Play Therapy, Game Play Therapy, Short Term Play Therapy, Second Edition, Contemporary Play Therapy, and Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition, Short Term Play Therapy, Third Edition as well as Prescriptive Play Therapy. Dr. Kaduson also has a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, as well as a DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with ADHD. Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy and play therapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

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 (6hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

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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