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WPYFS Psychoanalytic Play Therapy


Psychoanalytic play therapy foundations were laid by the work of Sigmund Freud but Anna Freud and Melaine Klein as best associated with the more rigorous development. According to Richard Bloomfield (2003), “Psychoanalytic play therapy intends to go beyond the immediate pain or difficulty and clear the way so that healthy development can resume from where it has been halted or detoured by external trauma or untenable internal conflict (neurosis). It also is effective in helping children who have real and significant limitations come to terms with who they are, helping them to develop more secure, adaptable, compensating, and self-accepting ways and attitudes.” This workshop will focus on the Psychoanalytic Play Therapy foundational concepts in the process of application of play therapy.


  1. Participants will discuss 2 foundational concepts in Psychoanalytic Play Therapy.
  2. Participants will analyze 3 play therapy interventions in Psychoanalytic Play Therapy.
  3. Participants will describe the role of the clinician, client, and caregivers in Psychoanalytic Play Therapy,
  4. Participants will critique 2 Psychoanalytic Play Therapy concepts in relation to other play therapy theoretical orientations.
  5. Participants will discuss utilizing Psychoanalytic Play Therapy within their own practice.
  6. Participants will design 2 Psychoanalytic Play Therapy interventions.

CS Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy. APT Approved Provider number is 15-419. 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.

November 17, 2023
Fri 9:30 AM CST
CS Institute- Norman Psychoanalytic Play Therapy Pioneer Library 255 S. Howard Ave Moore OK 73160 Storytime Room

Duration 7H 0M

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