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Continuing Education

The Power of Play and the Expressive Arts: Increasing Attachment in Families

Date: 9:00am - 4:30pm PST January 24, 2014 Location: Smith Hall

  • Eric Green, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Smith Hall

This two-day workshop will provide participants with expressive arts and play therapy interventions for therapeutic work with children and their families, as well as an understanding of the research that supports these interventions.

Day one offers highly interactive content including demonstration and practical application of creative, expressive art and play therapy interventions known to activate healing in adult clients within familial contexts. The day’s premise is a practical illustration to blend techniques and approaches from the expressive and play therapy disciplines with adults so that therapists can augment their therapeutic tool kit within a competent, research-based practice.

On day two Dr. Green will provide an overview of sand play, including unique play therapy interventions specific to children and families. Theoretical information as well as typical symbols in healing will be presented, as well as video case presentations from Dr. Green’s clinical library. Experiential activities involving family sand play for participants to utilize with their clients will also be covered.

After participation in this two-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the research-base supporting expressive arts and play therapy interventions 
  • Identify at least four expressive arts and play therapy interventions to use with children, adults and/or families
  • Articulate the basic premise behind the healing power of sand play, a form of expressive art therapy in play 
  • Identify 2-3 central archetypes (or symbols) of healing in sand play, a form of expressive art therapy in play 
Who should attend? 

This workshop is for play therapists, counselors and child-based clinicians seeking to integrate play therapy interventions, graduate students in child and adolescent mental health programs, marriage and family therapists, and social workers who specialize with children and families.

Workshop content is appropriate for both beginning and seasoned clinicians as the latest research will be presented from Dr. Green’s book, Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy, as well as depth or analytical-oriented expressive art therapy interventions. Copies of this book, as well as DVDs of Dr. Green’s film Jungian Play Therapy and Sand Play with Children: Myth, Mandala, and Meaning will be available for purchase at the workshop.

Workshop Details & Registration

Dates: Friday-Saturday, January 24-25, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Eric Green, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Cost: $225 by December 19, $250 after, includes 12 CEUs. $80 for students. Lewis & Clark alumni receive a 10% discount. Please contact us to register at the discounted rate.

APT Approved Provider 13-890

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About the Presenter

Eric Green, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, is currently Associate Professor of Counseling at the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas), where he teaches graduate courses in play therapy and is the Director of the Community Counseling Clinic. Before he joined UNT Dallas in fall 2010, he was a full-time faculty member and coordinated the Play Therapy Graduate Certificate Program at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He maintains a summer teaching schedule at Hopkins, as well as coordinates and presents at the annual Johns Hopkins Summer Play Therapy Institute. 

Dr. Green’s research focuses on an analytical approach to counseling children/adolescents affected by trauma. He is recognized as one of the leading U.S. authorities in play therapy. He infuses expressive art therapy modalities and interventions, such as the use of sand and miniatures and concepts from music therapy, into his Jungian theoretical model of child and adolescent play psychotherapy.  

Dr. Green is a frequently invited keynote speaker at various Association for Play Therapy state branch conferences across the U.S., as well as international play therapy organizations. In 2013, he keynoted such conferences as the Hawaii Association for Play Therapy conference in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Australia Play Therapy Conference in Queensland, Australia; and the Canada Play Therapy conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He trains participants in Jungian play therapy, coloring mandalas in child psychotherapy, sand therapy; and the use of analysis and interpretation in the consulting room. To date, Dr. Green has published more than 50 professional works, including two books on play therapy, 12 chapters in different book projects, 14 national peer-reviewed journal articles, and 25+ articles in mental health magazines. He’s a regular presenter at the American Counseling Association’s annual conference, as well as the Association for Play Therapy’s annual conference. Learn more at

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