Course Description

Play therapy is not just an effective therapeutic approach for young children, it is also a powerful tool for use with teens and adults as well! Across ages and stages, play therapy helps clients to bring awareness of feelings, make sense of thoughts and emotions, increase understanding of self and others, and improve social and emotional functioning. Participants will engage in a fun, experiential play therapy training to explore how you can apply play therapy techniques with any client, regardless of age or presenting symptom.

We will explore The Therapeutic Powers of Play, developmentally appropriate play, and interventions, how to strengthen self-esteem and increase self-confidence. You will leave with a toolbox filled with play therapy techniques utilizing Sandtray, expressive arts, puppets, role-playing, and guided imagery (to name a few) that you can use immediately with clients of all ages.


  1. Describe 6 effective play therapy strategies across ages and stages of development
  2. Identify how play therapy impacts neuropsychosocial development
  3. Conceptualize attachment patterns to strengthen client’s relationships.
  4. Develop 2 new techniques to engaging parents in family play therapy.
  5. Practice evidence-based play therapy techniques to treat children, teens, and adults
  6. Identify effective evidence-based play therapy techniques that can be used immediately with their client populations.

Instructor Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has focused on providing play therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Child & Adolescents at Wasatch Family Therapy.Ms. Mellenthin is a sought after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She is the Past-President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy and remains an active member on the Board of Directors. She is the author of Attachment Centered Play Therapy, My Many Colors of Me Workbook.

Course curriculum

    1. Play Therapy Across the Lifespan PDF

    1. Play Therapy Across the Life Span Part 1

    1. Play Therapy Across the Life Span: Child

    1. Play Therapy Across the Life Span: Teen

    1. Play Therapy Across the Life Span: Adult

About this course

  • $99.00
  • 8 lessons
  • 4 hours of video content