Games and Activities in Play Therapy

Course code:21-JS-036
Dates:May 14-22, 2021 Alternate Course Dates
Meets:F and Sa from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Eastern, 4 sessions
Instructor:Jan Williamson
Fee: $249.00


Prerequisite: Principles of Play Therapy.
Using play therapy principles, you will explore the use of a directive approach in play therapy. You will develop skills to select and use therapeutic play therapy activities as well as traditional and therapeutic games. You will use games and activities to help children reflect their inner world, enhance healthy development, and strengthen coping skills. In addition, you will learn to engage children in various creative, sensory and stimulating activities that decrease stress, increase emotional regulation, and improve self-esteem. You will learn to choose activities and games that address a specific therapeutic need.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Describe and apply Cognitive Behavioral Theory in a play therapy setting, which the Association for Play Therapy recognizes as historically significant to the field of play therapy;
  2. Articulate the rationale for using a directive approach in play therapy while incorporating play therapy principles;
  3. Apply Landreth's limit setting Acknowledge, Communicate, Target (ACT) technique and demonstrate the ability to apply limit setting in the playroom;
  4. Analyze when to choose a particular directive play-based play therapy activity in accord with a client's developmental stage, clinical issue, and specific therapy goals;
  5. Discuss developmental stages and limitations that may apply in choosing a play therapy activity;
  6. Demonstrate which play therapy games and activities might be most useful to target a specific issue; and
  7. Prepare to stock and organize the playroom with recommended games and materials for play therapy activities.


Instructor: Jan Williamson, LCSW, RPT-S
Jan Williamson serves as the lead instructor with the VCU Play Therapy program. She is also the clinical supervisor and a mental health clinician providing trauma-informed mental health services for the non-profit agency, ChildSavers in Richmond. Previously she worked for the Child Advocacy Center and has also been an adjunct professor for the VCU Graduate School of Social Work. She has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master's in Clinical Social Work. First licensed as a family therapist, she has over 40 years of experience in the mental health field working with families, adults and children. Jan worked internationally with refugee children and families in Southeast Asia and in Africa in areas of armed conflict and mass displacement.
Jan is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a past member of the board of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy. Jan's areas of expertise also include work with sand trays.
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 3, 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.

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