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Play Therapy with Foster and Adoptive Children and Families

December 8, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

$90 – $145

Come prepared to learn and PLAY!

This workshop is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced play therapist, school counselor, social worker and anyone who works with children in the mental health field. Participants will gain knowledge of play therapy, specifically play therapy with foster and/or adoptive children and their families, navigating the uniqueness of working with foster and/or adoptive children, and strategies for implementing play therapy with this population.  Participants will learn techniques they can use with foster & adoptive children immediately.


Jennie Wilson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.  Jennie obtained her play therapy training through Mid America Nazarene’s Play Therapy Certificate Program and has been EMDR trained through the EMDR training center in Kirkwood, MO.   In 2016, Jennie was honored by the Missouri Association for Play Therapy by receiving the Katherine Boone Outstanding Play Therapist Award. Jennie has experience in both the Post-Secondary setting as was as private practice. Currently, Jennie sees children and adolescents in her private practice. Additionally she enjoys working with and supporting counselors using play therapy in the school setting. In her free time, Jennie enjoys volunteering with a local youth ministry program and is involved in the foster and adoptive community in the St Louis Metro area.

CEUs  6


Early Bird Member (purchased before November 27th): $110

Early Bird Non Member (purchased before November 27th): $130

Student: $90 *with transcript

Member: $125

Non Member: $145

Limited seating available


  1. Define Play Therapy
  2. Recognize acronyms and special vocabulary that a play therapist might encounter when working with a foster or adoptive child.
  3. To define the various foster care team members, how those team members affect the client and expectations they have on the play therapist and play therapy sessions.
  4. Understand role of the play therapist, in the bigger picture of other professionals in the foster or adoptive child’s life.
  5. Distinguish the differences between foster and/or adoptive children and other children a play therapist might work with.
  6. Identify the different stages a foster and/or adoptive child might move through during play therapy.
  7. Construct appropriate play therapy documentation for progress notes, treatment plans, progress reports and court reports.
  8. Know appropriate questions and background to ask caseworkers in the beginning of play therapy treatment.
  9. Identify specific toys helpful to have in a playroom or travel play therapy with children placed in the care of Children’s Division.
  10. Name different books and interventions to use in biblio-play therapy with a foster or adoptive child.
  11. Understand different dynamics between a foster and/or adoptive child’s biological family vs. foster family vs adoptive family.
  12. Describe playful techniques to educate foster parents, biological parents or adoptive parents on the foster child and trauma.


8:15-8:45am         Registration


10:45-11am           Break


12-1pm                     Lunch/Board Meeting- all are welcome to attend!


3-3:15pm              Break



This workshop is designed the therapist who works with, or who would like to work with foster and adoptive children and families using play therapy. It will provide a brief synopsis of the unique situations and challenges faced by this population of children and families. Attendees will learn about their roles in foster and adoptive team, as well as techniques to adapt play therapy to the needs of these clients. The workshop will also cover the additional documentation often required when working with foster and adoptive youth.


Refunds will be given for paid continuing education training cancelled by MAPT and for when MAPT relocates training to another region of the state. For attendees who cancel 48 hours prior to the start of the training, a MAPT CREDIT  will be provided to attendees for the amount paid, and can be used at a future MAPT training.


APT Provider Number: 08-223


December 8, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$90 – $145
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Missouri Association for Play Therapy


Youth in Need
1815 Boone’s Lick Road
Saint Charles, 63301 United States
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