Course Detail: 18SW0912 - Introduction to Play Therapy: Working with Children and Families

Course Description

This workshop will present an introduction to Play Therapy and working with children and their families. It will define play therapy, and briefly discuss relevant theories, as well as various models of play therapy. Information on what play therapy looks like when the child client has a trauma history, as well as working with children's parents and setting limits within sessions will be covered. Finally, the presenter will share clinical examples from her own outpatient work

Who Should Attend?

  • - Social Workers
  • - Medical Professionals
  • - Mental Health Professionals
  • - Human Service Professionals


  • - To gain a basic understanding of play therapy, and why it is such a valuable tool in the treatment of young children.

CEUs and Contact Hours

This lecture is worth 2 contact hours or 0.2 CEUs.


Claudia Shapiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated with her Bachelor's in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and went on to pursue her Master's in Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work. She has experience working with children of all ages and has received training in a number of interventions used with children, including Non-Directive Play Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Ms. Shapiro is trained as a group leader of the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Program and is a certified leader of the Incredible Years Dinosaur School Classroom Program, and is currently working as a coach for The Incredible Years Dinosaur Project with DukeCenter for Child and Family Policy. Ms. Shapiro also uses concepts from these two evidence-based programs when working with children and parents, as well as collaborating with teachers and schools, in her outpatient work in Burlington, NC.

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