Family Systems Therapists Northwest

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“Meaningful Moments in Play Therapy”

From 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Amanda Franklin’s home in Seattle. 2 CEUs.

Children naturally engage in play to help organize and make sense of their world. A trained play therapist looks beyond the content of the play behaviors to understand the meaning behind the child’s play through symbolism and metaphor. 

For those not trained in play therapy, it can be difficult to understand this language and to see play not as random and meaningless, but rather as intentional and meaningful. Even for the trained play therapist, it can be difficult to “trust the process” in the face of therapeutic challenges and believe in the child’s innate ability to heal through play.

This presentation will invite the participant along the therapeutic journey with one child, over the course of treatment. The case example will show the ways in which the child uses symbolism and metaphor to make sense of her internal world and slowly feel free to be herself.

Each meaningful moment with this child will be threaded together to make a cohesive story that will illuminate key aspects of Child Centered Play Therapy theory, symbolism, and the value of the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for growth and change in the play therapy encounter.

Learning Objectives – participants will:

  • Be able to name therapeutic benefits of play
  • Learn Virginia Axline’s eight basic principles of play therapy
  • Learn to recognize the value of symbolism and metaphor in children’s play by looking a case example
  • Witness the course of treatment for a child receiving long term play therapy

Rosie Newman, MA, LMHC, RPT-S, is a child and family therapist and founder of Seattle Play Therapy, a private practice in North Seattle. Rosie received her MA in Existential and Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University and subsequent training and experience in play therapy to earn her Registered Play Therapist—Supervisor credential.

Rosie was branch president of the WA Association for Play Therapy. She is also the Clinical Director of the Seattle chapter of A Home Within, a national non-profit that provides free long-term psychotherapy to foster youth.

2 CEUs for LMFT, LMHC, LASW, LICSW, and associates; and 2 CEUs for APT practitioners.

Registration fees: FSTNW Members – $40; Nonmembers – $80
Includes CEUs, materials, and refreshments

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This training has been approved for 2 CE’s for Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1613.


By partnering with Washington State Association for Play Therapy, these CE’s meet criteria for Association for Play Therapy (APT).  APT Approved Provider #11-296