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Not Such Little Losses: Play Therapy for Grieving Children

Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

by: Jodi Weinstein Mullen PhD LMHC RPT-S

Limited to 25 participants

Children experience many losses. Some losses are celebrated, like losing a tooth. Others are minimized, like moving to a new community, and some are too horrible to mention that adults become afraid, like the death of a parent or sibling. This training will include looking at the complex, varied and multiple losses children face. The participants will be challenged to look at the ways adults minimize and deny loss experiences of children. We will explore ways play therapy and play therapy-based strategies and interventions can be used to honor the losses experienced by children so that growth and healing can take place. The workshop will make use of both didactic and experiential experiences and have a strong focus on role-play and discussion.

This workshop is for licensed mental health practitioners and students in mental health related programs. This is a perfect workshop for those who are interested in learning about play therapy but who have never had formal training or those who need a refresher on using play therapy skills.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Experience and create play therapy techniques for use with grieving children
  2. Identify the multiple and varied losses experienced by children
  3. Understand when and how to utilize play therapy techniques in treatment
  4. Utilize skills to alleviate issues of counter-transference

Saturday, March 28, 2015

9:00 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions
9:15-10:15 a.m.: Why Play Therapy with Grieving Children?
10:15 a.m.: Break
10:25-11:30 a.m.: Activities and Discussion
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch
12:30-1:45 p.m.: How Grieving Children Present Clinically in Play Therapy
1:45 p.m.: Break
2:00-3:30 p.m.: Review of Sessions, Activities, and Discussion
3:30-4:00 p.m.: Wrap up and Evaluation

Program Presenter:
Dr. Jodi Weinstein Mullen, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, is the Director of Integrative Counseling Services in Auburn, Cicero, Fulton & Oswego, New York.  She is on the faculty at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy.  Dr. Mullen is a credentialed play therapist and play therapy supervisor.  She is the author of several manuscripts on play therapy and supervision.

Her books include “Counseling Children & Adolescents through Grief and Loss” (co-authored by Dr. Jody Fiorini) (2006), “Play Therapy Basic Training: A Guide to Learning & Living & the Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy” (2007), and “Supervision can be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors” (co-edited with Athena Drewes) (2008), “Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook: A Self-Directed Guide for Professionals” (co-authored by June Rickli), (2014). Also co-authored by June Rickli, (2013), “How Play Therapists can Engage Parents & Professionals” (Rev. ed.); and with her family (2013), “Naughty No More: A workbook to help children make good decisions.”

Dr. Mullen is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Play Therapy.

Contact Play Therapy Credit Hours: 5.5
Approval # PCE 09-251

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Written cancellation must be received via email at least five (5) days prior to the training for full refund of workshop fee.  Please send an email to Michele Petrin ( if you need to cancel.
Programs may be cancelled by the Nazareth College Play Therapy Center for Children and Families based on low attendance.  Full refunds will be issued.

Forum, Otto Shults Community Center
Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618
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$95 Professionals/Students

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