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See The Apple? Examining Symbolic Play and Play Therapy™

  • 1 Jul 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Newton Play Therapy, 44 Mechanic Street, Suite 206, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464


  • NEAPT Member Registration
  • Non NEAPT Member (Guest)


See The Apple? Examining Symbolic Play and Play Therapy™

The use of symbolic play by children correlates with increased complexity in communication skills and self-regulation. Children who come to play therapy may have delayed or missing play skills. When play therapists support the child’s development of symbolic play, the child builds skills needed for problem solving and flexible thinking that allow the child to regulate in real emotional situations. Increasing the use of symbolism in play allows the child to experience emotions in their natural abstract form, and ultimately to heal through play therapy.

Learning Objectives: After successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how symbolic play contributes to development of problem solving skills and self-regulation.
  2. Name play levels and assess the play level of children using play based assessment.
  3. Execute play strategies that assist the child in achieving high levels of symbolism in play

    2 APT Contact CE | Intermediate| Play Therapy Special Topics

    About our presenter: Denise Galford-Koeppel, PMC, MS, MS Ed, LMHC, RPT™ has been a champion for young children for over 25 years. Denise holds degrees from Wellesley and Wheelock Colleges, Bay Path University, and a Post Master’s Certificate in Early Education Research Policy and Practice from UMass Boston. A special educator, certified early intervention practitioner, licensed counselor and registered play therapist, Denise teaches children, parents, and educators through the approaches of the Hanen Program, the Pyramid Model, and Developmental Individual-Differences Relationship -Based Model with a specialization in working with young children (those under age 8 years). 

    NEAPT Members $50; Guests $85 | Limited to 12 participants

    NEAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 02-123. NEAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote NEAPT.

    Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than June 15, 2023. Cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee. Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to another training date may be requested. No refunds or partial refunds after June 15, 2023.

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