Proven and Effective Play Therapy Strategies for Children and Adolescents and Individuals of All Ages

Presented by Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |    Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


This online course is available on demand.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until November 28, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on November 21, 2022. 

This workshop will teach attendees how to use Play Therapy as an incredible method of communication and diagnostics. It will teach you how to interpret the ways in which children and adolescents play, the importance of what they play with/what they create, and how to interpret their interactions with us as the professional. You will learn how to understand and determine what the individual is struggling with and causes for presenting behaviours and emotions.

Techniques can be used for anger (OCD), anxiety, ADHD, depression and self-esteem issues, trauma/PTSD, abuse and fears. Attendees will leave with a tool box of ready to use Play Therapy techniques that they will immediately be able to implement in their work with helping children, adolescents and even adults. This tool box will consist of appropriate tools for different problems. Some of the tools will include Sand Tray therapy, coloring, the use of puppets, clay use, dance/movement, “I Spy”, and so many other great techniques. Much of this workshop will include active learning and participation. So get ready to learn, have fun and see the world through a child’s eyes.

Play Therapy allows for the clinician to be creative, adapt techniques to fit any given individual or setting and is fun! This workshop will teach attendees a wide variety of such tools but will also do so in a hands on manner so that attendees can immediately return to work and implement these tools into their day to day work.

The Development of Play

  • Stages of language and growth
  • Neural connection and brain development
  • How play helps to Build a Brain
  • The Stages of Play Development

Why Play?

  • The need for movement
  • Play and brain development

Specific Techniques & Approaches

  • Assessment and Diagnostic
  • Therapeutic Benefits
  • Non-Directive versus Directive/ Soft and Hard Medium

But Wait, There’s MORE!

  • Drawings
  • Boards Games
  • Emotions – Feeling Face
  • Make It Real
  • Collages/Journals

Play Therapy with Families, Groups, and Couples

The Significance of Repetitious Play and the Relevance to Processing Trauma

  • How To Help Children Process Trauma

Arranging the Ideal Play Therapy Space

Areas of Caution


  • Understand the significant of play and why certain toys are used more at certain ages
  • Learn and be able to implement specific and easy Play Therapy techniques for specific presenting issues
  • Use Play Therapy as a diagnostic tool and interpret what you see
  • Know which play therapy techniques to use with different children and different presenting problems
  • Address things to be aware of and areas of caution including selecting the best materials depending upon the presenting issue
  • How to use these techniques in a variety of settings including Group Play Therapy
  • Analyze case examples through stories and photographs

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.

Christine Dargon, Ph.D., having worked in clinical practice for over 20 years, now focusses her time on speaking and education. Dr. Dargon did graduate research and her dissertation on rape-related PTSD and began working with rape survivors over 25 years ago. Currently, Dr. Dargon is an international speaker traveling throughout North America presenting seminars of numerous topics. Dr. Dargon has also been teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 20 years and is currently on faculty at Grand Canyon University serving students in the Masters’ of Counselling Psychology Program and Ashford University teaching undergraduate courses. Dr. Dargon received her Doctorate of Counselling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She recently opened an alternative health and wellness centre in North Arizona.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

For group and/or student rates please view our Terms & Conditions and contact for more information and registration. 

  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits