Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Heroes at Play: An Experiential Approach to Play Therapy

Heroes at Play

An Experiential Approach to Play Therapy


About the Workshop:

Play therapy is the most effective therapeutic approach for children.  Children love to play.  While they play they are actually learning about their world, the people in their world and themselves.  Play therapists say "play is the language of children" and the "toys are their words."  During play therapy, children have access to a variety of toys to express themselves as they desire through dramatic and imaginary play, sand, and art.  The Experiential approach is a client centered model which is used most effectively with children who have experienced trauma, such as child abuse.  While there are many playful techniques available to connect with children, the experiential approach developed by Drs. Byron and Carol Norton provides children with the ability to safely access experiences, discharge energy, integrate memories and regulate emotions. 

Workshop Objectives:

  • Learn how trauma affects the brain and negatively impacts children and families.
  • Learn Drs. Byron and Carol Norton's model of Experiential Play Therapy.
  • Learn how symbols and metaphors/themes play a role in play therapy and will be able to identify at least 5 of each.
  • Learn 4 sequential ways children integrate traumatic memories toward healing.

Workshop Agenda


Meet Your Presenter


Workshop Flyer (PDF)

When:      Friday, April 8, 2011

Time:       8:30 am - 4:00 pm (6.5 CEs for the Association for Play Therapy)

Where:    Voyageur's Room in Atwood Memorial Union

                 St. Cloud State University

                 720 Fourth Avenue South

                 St. Cloud, MN 56301

Cost:       $25 for Undergraduate Students

                 $50 for Graduate Students

                 $60 for SCSU Alumni, Faculty & Staff

                 $150 for Professionals (non SCSU Alumni, Faculty or Staff)

Register by: Friday, March 25, 2011. 

Online Registration

Registration Form (PDF)