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Proven & Effective Play Therapy Strategies with Children, Adolescents & Children of All Ages

Presented by Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 4, 2017  |  Winnipeg, mb

!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird Deadline has been extended to May 2, 2017.

Date & Location

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Thursday, May 4, 2017

9:00am – 4:00pm

Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel

1715 Wellington Avenue

Winnipeg, MB

phone:  204.775.9889

fax:  204.775.4576

website:  http://www.bestwestern.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

This workshop will teach attendees how to use Play Therapy as an incredible method of communication and diagnostics. It will teach you how to interpret the ways in which children and adolescents play, the importance of what they play with/what they create, and how to interpret their interactions with us as the professional. You will learn how to understand and determine what the individual is struggling with and causes for presenting behaviours and emotions.

Techniques can be used for anger (OCD), anxiety, ADHD, depression and self-esteem issues, trauma/PTSD, abuse and fears. Attendees will leave with a tool box of ready to use Play Therapy techniques that they will immediately be able to implement in their work with helping children, adolescents and even adults. This tool box will consist of appropriate tools for different problems. Some of the tools will include Sand Tray therapy, coloring, the use of puppets, clay use, dance/movement, “I Spy”, and so many other great techniques. Much of this workshop will include active learning and participation. So get ready to learn, have fun and see the world through a child’s eyes.

Play Therapy allows for the clinician to be creative, adapt techniques to fit any given individual or setting and is fun! This workshop will teach attendees a wide variety of such tools but will also do so in a hands on manner so that attendees can immediately return to work and implement these tools into their day to day work.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Play Therapy – How to Use it!

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:
    • Sand Tray Work
    • Watercolors
    • Play Dough
    • Drawings
    • House- Tree-Person
    • Finger Painting
  • Directive Techniques:
    • I spy
    • Movement and Music
    • Drama
    • Puppets
    • Maps – where in the world do you want to be?
    • What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • What Animal am I?
    • Doll House
    • Dance and Movement
    • Board games
    • Emotions – Feeling Face

What techniques are best for what disorders:

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


Play Therapy with Families, Groups & Couples


Areas of Caution

  • Hard and soft mediums
  • Sexualized and acting out behaviours
  • Children who have been abused and repetitive play

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the Purpose & Goals of Play Therapy
  • Learn and be able to implement specific »»and easy Play Therapy techniques for specific presenting issues
  • Use Play Therapy as a diagnostic tool »»and interpret what you see
  • Know which play therapy techniques to »»use with different children and different presenting problems
  • Address things to be aware of and areas of »»caution including selecting the best materials depending upon the presenting issue.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Christine Dargon, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist with over 20 years of experience. She has been working with children and families for years in such areas as abuse, divorce and custody disputes, children of alcoholic/drug addicted parents and adopted children. She currently has a private practice in Northern AZ where she offers a wide range of psychological services including play therapy, counseling for individuals of all ages, couples and family therapies. 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 undergraduate programs. Dr. Dargon received her Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Family Therapy. Dr. Dargon is the Founder and Director of a Children’s’ Theater Company.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel

1715 Wellington Avenue

Winnipeg, MB

phone:  204.775.9889

fax:  204.775.4576

website:  http://www.bestwestern.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

For April 26-27, 2017 and May 10-12, 2017

1 or 2 Queen Beds – $124 + Tax

For May 3-4, 2017

1 Queen Bed – $114 + Tax

Cut-off Date: 30 days prior to arrival

* Please use group booking code 91710 for April 26-27, 116203 for May 3-4, and 100703 for May 10-12.

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited. 

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual $229 $249
Group 3-7 $214 $234
Group 8-14 $199 $219
Group 15+ $179 $199
Full-Time Student $179 $199

For more information on Student Rates, click here

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: May 2, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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