This course is included in the 2017 Play Therapy All Access Pass.


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Play Therapy Summit All Access Pass

Course description

** This course is being retired.  In order to obtain APT credit, you must complete the course by March 1, 2020.**

In this video interview, Carla Sharp discusses the development of her Build A House technique for assessing family functioning in family play therapy sessions.  She explains how clinicians can begin using this technique with families and how to make observations about the elements in the house that will provide insight into family roles, communication patterns, and overall functioning. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn a simple play therapy technique called Build A House to use in the assessment of family functioning in play therapy sessions. 

2. Participants will learn why assessing the family system during play therapy sessions is vital to understanding the child. 

3. Participants will learn how the process of building a house in play sessions will reveal communication patterns, parenting style and sibling/parent relationship patterns.

4. Participants will learn how the actual house build during a play session will say a lot about the family system. 


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by Jacqueline Bush

by Misti Brien

by Jacqueline Bush

by Misti Brien

Carla Sharp, ARNP

Carla Sharp, ARNP

Guest Speaker

Carla Sharp is a retired Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a retired Certified Sandplay Therapist-Teacher living in Kailua, Hawaii. She graduated from University of California, San Francisco, in 1973, where she was trained in play therapy.

In 1985 she created a play therapy technique to assess child and family functioning. It is being used by professional counselors and psychotherapists around the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong. This technique requires only 50 minutes, wooden building blocks, a variety of toys and an observant clinician. Both the process and content of this unique assessment tool allow all aspects of family functioning to be revealed. It is highly recommended for all clinicians who work therapeutically with families.

Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy. (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description.  Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. 

Jennifer Taylor has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 6928.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly marked.  Jennifer Taylor is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Course Contents

1 Video

1 Survey

1 Quiz

4 Texts

2 PDFs

1 Audio

1.0 hr