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Play Therapy for Tweens and Teens
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
$99.99 USD
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Now Available For Preorder
This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on March 21, 2019.
Product Details
DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
6 hr 20 min
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
3/21/2019 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  1. Facilitate verbal and nonverbal expressions of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in teens and tweens through the use of four or more play therapy interventions.
  2. Transform your work and enhance the capacity for healing and creativity among tweens and teens through play therapy strategies to build resilience and self-esteem.
  3. Discover how play therapy can increase engagement and build therapeutic rapport within this dynamic developmental stage via play-based assessments and icebreakers.
  4. Evaluate the balance between both structure & freedom and independence & dependence, and learn at least four play therapy strategies to maintain this flow.
  5. Build confidence in teaching caregivers how to play with their adolescents, and how to make these experiences part of their daily routines.
  6. Learn how to combine play therapy and traditional therapies to support the constant shifts in this developmental stage.
Why Play Therapy? What is It, and How is It Different with Teens and Tweens?
  • Evidence supporting the benefits of play and creativity with this population
  • Therapeutic powers of play
    • Neurobiology of play & impact on trauma and attachment
  • Avoid pitfalls when working with teens and tweens
    • The frustration factor ~ use of cognitive skills and language
    • Understand the difference between resistance, opposition and shut-down
    • Play-based assessments and icebreakers to increase engagement
  • Limitations & potential risks
From Client-Centered to CBT, a Myriad of Play Therapy Approaches as Applied to Adolescents
  • Developmental Play Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
  • Adlerian Play Therapy
  • Client-centered Play Therapy?
  • Theraplay®
  • Play therapy with families and groups
Physical, Cognitive, Moral, and Psychosocial Development Changes and Milestones of Tweens and Teens
  • Autonomy from parents & family
  • Relationships, friendships & intimacy
  • Identity development
  • Moral reasoning & physical and intellectual growth
Influences of Culture, Heredity, Environment and Social Setting on Adolescents
  • Social media, television and movies, music, electronics…oh my!
  • This is the world we live in…how it effects treatment and growth
Striking a Balance
  • Structure & freedom and independence & connection
  • Verbal intellect & playfulness and creativity
  • Strategies to teach caregivers how to play with their adolescents, and how to make these experiences part of their daily routines
Enjoy the Silence ~ How to Use Silence to Increase Engagement and Therapeutic Rapport
  • Try not to laugh
  • Hide & seek & peek-a-boo
  • What might this be? What can this do??
Walk this Way ~ Embodied Play Therapy and Movement Techniques to Increase Emotional and Behavioral Regulation
  • The floor is lava...The floor is quick sand
  • Mirror, mirror
  • Trauma-informed yoga
What’s on Your Play List? ~ How to Use Music to Facilitate Therapeutic Discussion
  • Trashballs
  • Catch the beat
  • What are you listening to?
Enter Sandman ~ The Use of Sandtrays to Facilitate Verbal and Nonverbal Expressions of Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
  • Safe Place
  • Futurerama
  • Half & half
How to Use Drawing, Paint, Clay, Masks, and More!


Jennifer Lefebre, PsyD, RPT-S, is a clinical psychologist and Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor. Her clinical and research interests center on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. She has extensive experience working with young children (0-5), adult survivors of severe childhood abuse and neglect, first responders, and combat veterans.

Dr. Lefebre is the clinical director at Healing the Child Within, a holistic trauma center in northwestern Connecticut, which integrates psychotherapy, yoga, and eastern philosophies into the treatment of complex trauma. She also provides clinical supervision and play therapy consultation throughout New England and online, and is an infant and early childhood mental health consultant. She has worked in residential treatment, psychiatric inpatient, community mental health settings, and schools, whole teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate level and providing trainings around the country.

She has received specialized training in many modalities, to include Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY), Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART), Theraplay, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT-A). She is working towards becoming an EMDRIA-approved consultant, and is an EMDR (Level II) clinician.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Lefebre is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jennifer Lefebre is a member of the Association of Play Therapy.
Continuing Education Credits

CE Information Coming Soon
Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists