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Therapeutic Powers of Play


This workshop will cover the foundational and historical concepts of the therapeutic powers of play developed by Dr. Charlie Schaeffer. Dr. Schaeffer notes, “The therapeutic powers of play refer to the specific change agents in which play initiates, facilitates, or strengthens their therapeutic effect.” (p.2 Therapeutic Powers of Play). The therapeutic powers of play will be discussed in relation to the different play therapy modalities.


  1. Participants will analyze the 20 core agents of change in play therapy..
  2. Participants will discuss 2 therapeutic powers of play in a play therapy case scenario.
  3. Participants will describe how the therapeutic powers of play relate to different theoretical models of play therapy.
  4. Participants will design one play therapy intervention utilizing the therapeutic powers of play.
  5. Participants will analyze the impact of the therapeutic powers of play in clinical play therapy practice.
  6. Participants will discuss 2 impacts of the therapeutic powers of play in the play therapy relationship.
CS Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy. APT approved provider number15-419. CS Institute maintains responsibility for the program.


  • Sharolyn Wallace PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, IMH-E®

    Sharolyn Wallace PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, IMH-E® has worked with children and families for over 30 years. She has served on the APT Board of Directors and OKAPT and currently serves on the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Dr. Wallace has authored six children’s books and APT magazine articles. She is the Professor of Human Services at Tulsa Community College and Faculty Director for the Center for Addiction Prevention and Recovery Support.

September 22, 2023
Fri 9:30 AM CDT
CREOKS Play Therapy Cohort 11- CBT Play Therapy Tulsa Clinic - Upstairs Training Room

Duration 7H 0M

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