March 22, 2023 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

2023 Professional Continuing Education Workshop

Introduction to Play Therapy for Mental Health

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Owen Brown Interfaith Center

7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

IN-PERSON Workshop – 4 CE Credits

Fee: $49/person

FREE for Active PBC Volunteer Clinicians

Featured Presenter: Sabra Starnes, LICW, LCSW-C, LCSW, MEd, RPT-S

Session Description:

This workshop will explore how play is a therapeutic intervention and assessment tool to help children, adolescents, and families to communicate ideas, feelings, and experiences using non-verbal and verbal play therapeutic interventions and techniques. This workshop will give a core understanding of play therapy and how it can be applied in various settings and populations. Participants will also explore, as mental health clinicians in the therapy room, that we are not the experts of our clients lived experience and that we must use a lens of cultural humility in honoring and recognizing our client’s intersectionality.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Compare directive and non-directive play therapy interventions and their effectiveness
  • Identify several play-based interventions that can be applied to individual, group, and family play therapy
  • Analyze ways to set up a playroom in a variety of settings, including mobile play strategies
  • Describe ways in which children express awareness of cultural differences in the play therapy room
  • Discuss the importance of using cultural humility and intersectionality lens in working with all clients

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Presenter Bio: Sabra Starnes, LICW, LCSW-C, LCSW, MEd, RPT-S

Sabra Starnes is an Independent Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing for 23 years in the DMV area. She worked for 13 years in the District of Columbia Public School System as a School Social Worker. She is the founder and Owner of Next Place Therapy Services, LLC, a private practice in Largo, Maryland, where she works with children ages 3-18 years old and their families. Furthermore, she has extensive training and certifications in adoption and attachment, EMDR, Sand tray, Trusted Behavioral Relation Intervention, Daring Way, Kinesthetic Storytelling, and Trauma. And is a local, national, and international Speaker and Trainer on Adoption and Foster Care from a personal and professional perspective. She became a Registered Play Therapist in 2003 and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor in 2015. Her practice is an approved provider for the Association of Play Therapy. She provides engaging and fun play and sand tray workshops both in-person and online play therapy training for mental health clinicians.

IMPORTANT: Attendance will be taken. Participants must arrive to the workshop at the start time and participate in the entire event in order to earn CE credit.

Pro Bono Counseling is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Pro Bono Counseling maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Maryland Boards of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors and Therapists certify that this program meets the criteria for four (4) credit hours of continuing education for social workers (Category 1), professional counselors, and therapists (Category A) licensed in Maryland.

CE credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops. Attendance is monitored. Credit will not be granted to registrants who arrive late or depart early from a session. It is the responsibility of registrants to comply with these requirements.

By registering for this event, all participants agree to abide by the following code of conduct:

Workshop Code of Conduct

Pro Bono Counseling (PBC) is dedicated to providing a positive continuing education experience for everyone of all backgrounds and identities. We do not tolerate disrespectful behavior or harassment of workshop participants, facilitators, or PBC staff in any form. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of characteristics that include but are not limited to: gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, citizenship, veteran status, pregnancy status, race, ethnicity, or religion. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, PBC may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the event with no refund.

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