Course Description

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours.

This LIVE course is offered on October 10, 2020 from 10am to noon EDT. Training is conducted via Zoom meeting and participants will receive access Zoom link from this course. The link will also be emailed to all participants the day before the meeting.  Participants who are unable to participate for the entire live sessions will have access to the recorded content at a later date and be eligible for NON-CONTACT APT hours only. 

This training provides 2 Total CE CONTACT APT play therapy training hours in the category of play therapy interventions. Dr. Roz Training & Consultation is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy and offers continuing education specific to play therapy (#18-547). 

Dr. Roz Training & Consultation is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy and offers continuing education specific to play therapy (#18-547).   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.   

To listen to each other, to really listen, is to redeem the best in ourselves so we can learn to write a new story for how to fully and beautifully show up for ourselves internally and in the world.


Children (and their parents) are faced with enormous challenges right now in terms of managing their emotions and finding a sheltered, calm internal space in the midst of family and school changes and demands. Teaching and developing mindful engagement through the lens of building a special island in their imagination, anchored by drawings and reflection, will enhance their internal resources and mastery of self-calming and regulatory skills. This workshop will teach participants to engage their clients and parents in developing a passage to a special island adventure that is under the child’s direct control, strengthening and protecting their ability to cope with these challenges and disruptions to their in daily life.

Learning Objectives:

At the close of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. List at least 5 essential features of helping parents and children create the child’s Special Island.

2. Describe at least 3 challenges when assisting the child the create their island world.

3. Discuss how this technique can enhance the therapeutic relationship in play therapy.

Instructor Rosalind Heiko, PhD. , RPT-S, ISST, CST-T, NCSP

Rosalind Heiko, Ph.D. (aka “Dr. Roz”) is a psychologist and Play Therapist-Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy in the US (RPT-S); a Sandplay teacher with the International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST) and the Sandplay Therapists of America (STA); and also holds national certification in school psychology. She trains therapists nationally and internationally. Dr. Roz is an Executive Board Member of the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals, and has been an Executive Board member of STA. She has worked clinically with children and families for over 35 years. She has published chapters in books edited by Eliana Gil and Eric Green, as well as being an author of several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Her most recent book is A Therapist’s Guide to Mapping the Girl Heroine’s Journey in Sandplay (2018), published by Rowman & Littlefield. Reach her at

Course curriculum

    1. Recorded Webinar- My Special island

    2. My Special Island powerpoint

    3. Instructions on setting up the Special Island

    4. Hank Wesselman

    5. References

    1. Course Evaluation (Required)

    2. Quiz (Required)

About this course

  • $75.00
  • 10 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content

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