The Holidays: Using Play Therapy to Help Children Deal with the Holidays


1 CE (Non-Contact)

Presenter: Allan Gonsher, LSCSW, RPT/S

During the Holiday “season” we often forget about children’s challenges in school, family, friends, and within themselves.  Depression, anxiety, and ADHD are often diagnosed and treated more heavily during these stressful times.  What happened to the joy, fun, and warm feelings that were characteristic during Holiday “seasons”?  Watching children in the play room with the use/intervention of defined play therapy techniques can often help children emancipate from difficult relationships, feelings, or behavior.  Play therapy 101 can/should be implemented during this season.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to revisit the paradigm of the Holiday season which can be constructive in play therapy.
  • Participants will learn play therapy techniques which apply to the season.
  • Participants will understand how play therapy helps families/kids negotiate, express, and communicate during holidays.

CEs are offered through:
Kids Inc. (APT Approved Provider 10-275) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer Continuing education specific to play therapy