Play Therapy and the Expressive Arts

Course code:21-JS-037
Dates:June 11-19, 2021 Alternate Course Dates
Meets:F and Sa from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Eastern, 4 sessions
Instructor:Nina Salzberg
Fee: $249.00


Play Therapy and the Expressive Arts: Using Creative Interventions with Tweens, Teens and Other Populations
Prerequisite: Principles of Play Therapy. Explore the rationale for, philosophy, history, and Gestalt theory supporting the use of expressive arts in play therapy. You will learn the basic skills needed to enter the world of expressive arts, which includes drama, music, art, storytelling, poetry, and movement. You will leave the workshop with the confidence to begin working with clients using expressivearts-based interventions. In addition, you will be able to use expressive modalities with a variety of populations and ages both in the playroom and in other settings.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Explain and apply Gestalt theory, an Association for Play Therapy historically significant theory to the field of play therapy, in a play therapy setting;
  2. Demonstrate how various expressive modalities (art, music, drama, poetry) are used in play therapy;
  3. Describe and demonstrate how to create a safe and protected space in which clients can freely communicate using expressive arts and play therapy;
  4. Compile materials and items useful for clients at various developmental stages for in-depth expression;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work with clients through multimodal expressive arts to engage the senses in ways that offer experiences to strengthen the self; and
  6. Discuss archetypes, symbols, and metaphor and demonstrate how to recognize these in expressive and play therapy work.


Instructor: Nina Salzberg, LPC, ATR
Nina Salzberg is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Nina has worked in a variety of mental health treatment facilities, including outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient, for six years. Nina is a Mental Health Clinician 11 for ChildSavers Outpatient Clinic and is working toward becoming a clinical supervisor. Nina has extensive training in Art Therapy, trauma-informed treatment, group therapy, and sand tray therapy. Nina’s clinical specialty interests include working with pre-teens and teenagers, self-harm and suicidality, grief and loss, and LGBTQ+. Nina enjoys working with children, teens, and families through life’s critical moments and believes that each individual has a unique voice worthy of expression.
This real-time telehealth format session will be held online via the Zoom platform. VCU OCPE will provide you with a link where you can connect through your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android device.
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) has approved this VCU event for 16 contact continuing education hours.
Our Zoom sessions are in real-time and offer an opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants. There will be a one hour break per day. These sessions may include the following: didactics, discussions, videos, activities/exercises, practice/demonstrations of skills, and role plays/observations. Your instructor will send you a list of creative materials to have on-hand during the session.
You are required to have your camera on during these sessions to allow for verified engagement. In addition, you are required to pass a multiple-choice post-test in order to receive Association for Play Therapy credit for your participation.
Questions? Should you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Jennifer Sisane at or (804) 828-1322.
Cancellation and Refund Policies:
You may cancel your registration up until May 31, 2021, and receive a full refund minus a $35 credit card processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at
In the unlikely event that this workshop is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

Transfer Policy:
Workshop registrations may be transferred to a different workshop or person if requested in writing via email at by the cancellation deadline. The participant must meet all prerequisites or qualifications required by the program.
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