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S21-210 Play Therapy: Is it Really Just for Children?

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Mimi Y Ryans
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Participants will learn some strategies for incorporating play therapy into sessions with adults. Some topics will include: Play Therapy with Families, Play Therapy with Couples, and Using Play Therapy in Groups.


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Lighthouse Center for Therapy & Play

Y. Mimi Ryans, LCSW-C, RPT,CCPT is the Owner/Therapist at Lighthouse Center for Therapy & Play. For the past decade, she has made it her lifework to provide quality mental health services to children and families either experiencing mental health crises or those with specific mental health needs. In the last few years, it has become more evident to her that the focus on trauma when addressing children’s mental health needs is imperative to their healing and completing their treatment.

In 2013, Mrs. Ryans incorporated Lighthouse Center for Therapy & Play. At Lighthouse Center for Therapy & Play, the mission is to provide hope and healing to children and families through the power of play. Lighthouse is a therapist owned and operated provider of mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. They provide quality individual, family and group therapy to the children and families of the greater Howard County community. They truly believe in working with each individual and family to help them understand and utilize their strengths in the process of healing and broadening their communication through expressive therapies.

They offer children, adolescents, and adults the opportunity to process their feelings and challenges through the use of play therapy and other alternative techniques including sandplay, filial, art and expressive therapies. Play therapy, children’s natural language, offers them the opportunity to process and communicate their feelings and needs without the traditional “talk” therapy that is common in therapeutic settings. They use several play therapy interventions including trauma-focused integrated play therapy, child-parent relationship therapy, and other interventions that strengthen the client’s ability to function in the home, school and other environments that they identify. They believe that working with children through their natural language of play is the most impactful strategy to assist them with identifying and addressing their emotional and behavioral health challenges.

Mrs. Ryans has presented trainings on Introduction of Play Therapy and Trauma & Play Therapy. Some of the venues have included University of Maryland School of Social Work (Baltimore & Shady Grove campuses); Jewish Community Services; University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. Mrs. Ryans is a Certified Trainer for Mental Health First Aid in both the Youth and Adult Modules.

Mrs. Ryans is the wife of Richard Ryans for fourteen years.  She is the mom of Jeremiah (15) and twins Alyssa & Allyson Ryans (11). She enjoys reading and traveling with her family.


Agenda & Learning Objectives


01:15 Registration

01:15 - 03:30




Definition & Objective of Play Therapy

Playfulness Scale, Introduction of Interventions

03:30 - 03:40    Break

03:40 - 04:30


Lecture (Continued):


Questions, Evaluations

04:30 Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Discuss recent articles identifying the relevance of talking vs. non-talking therapy with adults.

Discuss the importance of play and application of play therapy in various settings.

Identify ways to adapt play when working with adults with anxiety, depression and other “common” diagnoses.

Identify at least 3 strategies to use play therapy with adult.

Bibliography & References


• Caldwell, C. (2003). Adult group play therapy: Passion and purpose. Published in: Play Therapy with Adults.

• Counseling Today. (2016). Retrieved from

• Gil, E. and Green, N. (2011). Extended Play-Based Developmental Assessments Clinician Guide Retrieved from

• (2016). Retrieved from http://www.

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• Kernberg, P.F., Chazan, S.E. & Normandin, L. (1998). The Children’s Play Therapy Instrument (CPTI): Description, development, and reliability studies. Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, 7(3), 196-207.

• Ward-Wimer, D. (2002). Retrieved from

• Webber, J.M. & Mascari, J.B. (2008, March). Sand tray therapy and the healing process in trauma and grief counseling. Based on a program presented at the ACA Annual Conference & Exhibition,

• Honolulu, HI. Retrieved from


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Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3.0} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


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Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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