Playing For Keeps: Creative Play Therapy Activities To Support Client Growth, 9:30AM-2:30PM June 24, 2023


June 24, 2023

9:30 AM to 2:30 PM in person in Oakland. Creative approaches to play therapy for therapists who work with children. Both play and expressive arts techniques provide an effective means for therapeutic work with children. Workshop will have both didactic material and hands-on activities.


4CEs and  4 APT credits

2 Seats Available.



In Person Training: Covid precautions

Playing for Keeps: Creative Activities to Support Client Growth

It is said that you can’t enter any world for which you don’t have the language[i] and that is particularly true in working with children. Play is a child’s language, and both play and expressive arts techniques provide an effective means for therapeutic work with children. Many play therapy techniques are evidence-based and effectively integrated with a variety of theoretical perspectives.

This workshop brings play/expressive arts and neuroscience together by providing a framework for identifying the types of interventions that address different brain/nervous system responses and allows us to successfully support children and families in addressing concerns such as depression, anxiety, self-regulation, and trauma. The workshop includes didactic instruction but is also a very hands on experience in trying out a number of the interventions discussed. Participants should be prepared to learn and have fun!

The training has a maximum of 6 participants.

[i] Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosopher

DATE and TIME: Saturday June 24, 2023  9:30AM-5:00PM

LOCATION: 3725 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602 In Person  Office is well ventilated and has 2 air filter machines

This course is designed for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, pre-licensed associates and graduate mental health students

None but come prepared to learn and to play

Jeannette Harroun, LMFT, RPT is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist. She has a private practice in Lafayette, CA where she provides psychotherapy and individual consultation and supervision. Her approach to therapy is described as positive, warm and playful. She works with children, teens and parents in addressing a variety of concerns including self-regulation, self-esteem, attachment, tantrums and impulsivity, parenting/co-parenting/blended family issues, anxiety, depression, school and motivational issues, trauma, and divorce. She is currently a collaborative supervisor for the Wright Institute and has been an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix and a workshop provider with John F. Kennedy University.


  1. Identify three benefits of using play/expressive arts therapy
  2. Describe how understanding the developmental model of the brain can be used to identify and conceptualize treatment strategies.
  3. Identify three play therapy interventions that increase/support client feelings of safety
  4. Identify three play therapy interventions that can help clients increase self-regulation skills.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:  This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCC, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CA BBS).  Growth through Play Therapy is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCC, and LEPs.  Growth through Play Therapy maintains responsibility for this course and its content. There is an additional $25 charge for CEs approved by CAMFT and required by the CA BBS. Growth through Play Therapy is an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy
APT 09-241.
There is no extra charge for APT CEs. Partial credit cannot be offered

CANCELLATION POLICY For trainings 8 hours or less: Full refund minus a $50 administrative fee if canceled at least 30 days in advance. After that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list. In that case, the payment will be refunded minus the administrative fee. If the training is cancelled by Growth through Play Therapy due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen event, a full refund will be given unless the participant confirms by e-mail that they are registering for another class.
Unfortunately we are unable to reimburse travel expenses, such as airfares or hotels in the event that the training is cancelled. 

QUESTIONS About the training:  Contact  Jeannette at 925-890-7478 or

About the facility or payment: Contact Karen Pernet at 510-923-0520 or





Enhance your play therapy skills!

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Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S

Oakland, CA 94602

I would be glad to hear from you and to share information about my services: psychotherapy, general supervision for pre-licensed therapist, specialized supervision for therapists working becoming  Registered Play Therapists, consultations for experienced therapists and trainings in play therapy and sandtray therapy.