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Digital Seminar

Play Therapy: Attachment-Based Treatment Interventions for Trauma, Anxiety, OCD and More!

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S
5 Hours 49 Minutes
Dec 05, 2018
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Play Therapy is an incredible communication tool for children when they are unable to verbally express themselves. Through play, children are allowed to:

  • Become aware of and express their feelings
  • Manage anger
  • Improve self-control
  • Reduce fear, anxiety and depression

You will leave with a toolbox filled with ready to use Play Therapy techniques that you will immediately implement in your work with children and can also be adapted for clients of all ages.

In this recording, you will learn how to interpret the way in which children play, the importance of what they play with, what they create and the significance of patterns in their play. You will learn to “listen” to what they are telling you. Play Therapy expert, Lucy Barbera, Ph.D., will show you how to effectively use sand trays, coloring exercises, puppets, dance/movement, “I Spy”, Gift Boxes and so many other powerful techniques. Much of this conference will include active learning and hands-on participation. So get ready to learn and have fun!



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Main Line Play Therapy

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S, is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist-supervisor. She is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Ardmore, PA. Tammi is an international speaker, play advocate and founding board member for The World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals. She is Advanced Certified Trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a certified FirstPlay® practitioner, trained in level one Theraplay® and EMDR. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy and sandtray therapy have been published and internationally recognized. She specializes in attachment, sandtray play therapy & sensory integration working with children, families, and adults of all ages. Tammi is the author of an attachment-based multisensory story with children, families, and adults of all ages. Tammi is the author of an attachment-based multisensory story titled, Casey’s Greatness Wings: Teaching Mindfulness, Connection and Courage to Children and creator of Greatness Sticks and Greatness Cards. For more information on Tammi’s publications work, visit her website at


Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Tammi Van Hollander is the owner of Main Line Therapy, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Tammi has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Tammi Van Hollander is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the National Association for Social Workers. She is a board member of the World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals and a program committee chair for the Specialists of Schools.

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  1. Assess anxiety symptoms using play therapy techniques to better inform treatment outcomes.
  2. Evaluate the ethical implications and clinical limitations of using play therapy in clinical practice.
  3. Integrate attachment-based play activities into your practice to improve client engagement in treatment.
  4. Discover how trauma impacts brain development, and how play therapy can strengthen relationships and improve behavior.
  5. Demonstrate an effective evidence-based play therapy technique that can treat trauma symptoms and be used with your clients.
  6. Determine how play therapy can reframe trauma experiences, increase self-regulation and connect to a mind-body awareness.


Play Therapy – How to Use it!

Specific Techniques and Novel Approaches
  • Assessment and diagnostic
  • Techniques to use early on in treatment
  • An ongoing process
  • Therapeutic benefits
  • Emotions and behavior
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal
  • Communication – learn to listen to your client
  • Language, play and drawing development
Disorders and Client Situations
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Depression and self-esteem issues
  • ADHD
  • Abuse
  • Fears/nightmares
  • Groups and families
Play Therapy Techniques
  • Non-Directive Techniques:
    • Sand tray work
    • Watercolors
    • House-tree-person
    • Play dough
    • Finger painting
  • Directive Techniques:
    • I Spy
    • Story Telling
    • Sentence Completions
    • Doll house
    • Gift boxes
    • Movement
    • What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • What animal am I?
    • Role Playing
    • Maps – where in the world do you want to be?
    • Dance and movement
    • Board games
    • Emotions – Feelings and faces
    • Bam Bam dolls
    • Music
Areas of Caution
  • Wet and dry
    • Selecting the right mediums
    • The Limbic System
  • Importance of collaboration
  • Children who have been abused
  • Sexualized and acting out behaviors
  • Importance of self-care

Target Audience

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

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