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Culture, Metaphor & Play Therapy: Finding Resilience through the Storms with StoryPlay®

  • 8 May 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Childhelp, 2120 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004


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Culture, Metaphor & Play Therapy: Finding Resilience through the Storms with StoryPlay®

Presented by Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D.


Trauma and attachment have been major focuses in our field of child, adolescent, and family play therapy in recent years. However, one area often overlooked is the Socio-cultural view of trauma and attachment and how "historical oppression" has impacted healing children, adolescents, and families. Utilizing the principles of the resiliency-focused StoryPlay model, this experiential play therapy workshop will provide participants with a socio-cultural lens through which to expand their ability to develop and utilize culturally respectful metaphors and creativity into their play therapy practice. Through individual and group exercises along with discussions, participants will explore their own beliefs, spirituality, cultures of origin, stories, and traditions, and how they impact the Play Therapy work that they do with their clients.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Learn how to develop a positive therapeutic attachment in the first play therapy session.
  2. Identify five cultural elements that impact our work as Play Therapists.
  3. Utilize cultural values to create a collage or sand tray in the play therapy session.
  4. Create a storytelling metaphor that can be used with children and adolescents dealing with Historical trauma.
  5. Learn one cultural StoryCraft that can promote healing in play therapy. 

Level of training: Foundational/Intermediate/Advanced

2 CEs toward the Techniques/Methods Content Requirement

About our presenter: Dr. Joyce C. Mills is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. The founder of StoryPlay®: an Ericksonian resiliency-focused model of Play Therapy and of The StoryPlay® Center, she is also a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and a Co-director of the Phoenix Institute for Ericksonian Therapy. As an award-winning psychotherapist, Dr. Mills has been called an expert in her masterful and creative use of storytelling to communicate with the most difficult of society's populations, namely severely troubled children, youth, and families. She has used this expertise along with principles of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Play Therapy, and her experiences with Native American, Hawaiian, and other trans-cultural teachings to create the inspiration to soar. 

AZAPT Members $35

NonMembers $45

Check in at the door begins at 6:10 p.m.

AZAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 97-035. AZAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote AZAPT.

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