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Play Therapy: Proven Treatment Strategies for Trauma, Anxiety, OCD and More!



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  • Fill your tool kit full of techniques to use at the office, schools, in the community – anywhere that you are working with children
  • New and innovative techniques made simple such as sand tray therapy and drama therapy
  • Make counseling children fun and therapeutic
  • Effectively diagnose and counsel through play

Play therapy is an incredible method of communication and diagnostics. It will teach you how to interpret the way in which children play, the importance of what they play with/what they create, and how to interpret their interactions with us as the professional.

By the end of this seminar recording, you will learn how to understand and determine what the individual is struggling with and causes for presenting behaviors and emotions through their play. You will end with a tool box filled with ready to use Play Therapy techniques that you will immediately be able to implement in your work with children and clients of all ages. This tool box will consist of appropriate tools for different presenting problems such as anger, ADHD, depression, anxiety and more. Some of the tools will include Sand Tray therapy, coloring, the use of puppets, dance/movement, “I Spy”, Gift Boxes, and so many other great techniques. Much of this conference will include active learning and hands on participation. So get ready to learn, have fun and see the world through a child’s eyes.

Format: DVD Video – 4+ hours

Length: 5 hr 35 min

Details: Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.


  1. Explain the purpose and goals of play therapy.
  2. Implement specific and easy play therapy techniques for specific presenting issues.
  3. Use play therapy as a diagnostic tool and interpret what you see.
  4. Determine which play therapy techniques to use with different children and different presenting problems.
  5. Address change to issues to be aware of and areas of caution including selecting the best materials depending upon the presenting issue.
  6. Demonstrate how to use these techniques in a variety of settings including group play therapy.

Specific techniques and novel approaches

  • Assessment and diagnostic
  • Therapeutic benefits
  • Non-directive versus directive/soft and hard mediums

Hands on learning and using the techniques – from crayons, to puppets, to movement and much more! This will be the focus of the day

  • Non-Directive Techniques:
    • I Spy
    • Sand tray work
    • Watercolors
    • Play dough
    • Doll house
    • What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • What animal am I?
  • Directive Techniques
    • Gift boxes
    • Movement
    • Drama
    • Puppets
    • Maps – where in the world do you want to be?
    • House-tree-person
    • Make me
    • Dance and movement
    • Board games
    • Emotions – Feeling face
    • Bam Bam dolls
    • Music

What techniques are best for what disorders:

  • Anger (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression and self-esteem issues
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Abuse
  • Fears

Areas of caution

  • Hard and soft mediums
  • Sexualized and acting out behaviors
  • Children who have been abused


Christine Dargon, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience. She is currently in private practice in Northern Arizona where she offers a wide range of psychological services including play therapy, counseling for individuals of all ages, couples counseling and family therapy. Dr. Dargon specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders and marriage counseling. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and is the Founder and Director of a Children’s Theater Company. She has much training and experience with Drama and Dance and now integrates that into her therapeutic work.

Dr. Dargon has also been teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 15 years specializing in Child Development and Counseling. She is currently on faculty at Grand Canyon University serving students in the Masters’ of Counseling Psychology Program and Ashford University teaching undergraduate courses. Dr. Dargon received her Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, her Masters’ of Science in Education in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University with a focus in School Counseling and her Bachelors’ in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Connecticut.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Christine Dargon maintains a private practice. She is on faculty at Grand Canyon University and Ashford University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Christine Dargon is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

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