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Sun, May 15


Online via Zoom

Solution-Focused Play Therapy: The Magic of Strengths-Based Play

APT Approved Provider #21-638

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Solution-Focused Play Therapy: The Magic of Strengths-Based Play
Solution-Focused Play Therapy: The Magic of Strengths-Based Play

Time & Location

May 15, 2022, 9:00 AM CDT – May 22, 2022, 12:00 PM CDT

Online via Zoom


About the Event


Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

Dates & Times:

May 15, 2022 - 9:00a - 12:00p

May 22, 2022 - 9:00a - 12:00p


Solution-focused play therapy (SFPT) is a strengths-based approach to play therapy that helps children work through challenges by building on internal assets and external resources. SFPT has been elucidated in a breadth of play therapy literature (Berg & Steiner, 2003; Hartwig, 2021; King, 2017; Nims, 2011; Taylor, 2019) with a medium positive effect size reported for treating child behavior problems (Hsu et al., 2021). In this workshop, the presenter will provide an overview of the history and key concepts of SFPT. We will discuss how to set small, measurable goals with child clients and their caregivers. We will also do an expressive art activity that can be used in goal setting. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice SFPT basic skills, techniques, and creative interventions. At the end of this workshop, the presenter will share some SFPT resources that can be beneficial tools in the playroom. This interactive workshop will explore ways of being with kids that are playful, systemic, and affirmative in both nondirective and directive ways.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define two key concepts of SFPT

2. Examine how development impacts directiveness when employing SFPT

3. Identify three basic skills of SFPT

4. Explore goal setting using an SFPT expressive intervention

5. Identify steps to assessing progress in play therapy using scaling

6. Evaluate two creative SFPT interventions

APT Contact Area:

Play Therapy Special Topics - 6 CEs


  • 30 minutes

    Intro activity and review of learning objectives

  • 30 minutes

    SFPT foundations and key concepts

7 more items available


  • Professional

    +$3.75 service fee
  • Student

    Students receive a discounted rate on the event fee. If you are a student, be prepared to provide a copy of your current student ID if requested by the event host.

    +$3.00 service fee



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