Creative Techniques in Child Therapy

with Jeannette Harroun, LMFT, RPT-S
It is said that you cannot enter any world for which you don’t have the language[i] and that is particularly true in working with children. Play is a child’s language and both play and expressive arts techniques provide an effective means for therapeutic work with children. Many play therapy techniques are evidence-based and effectively integrated with a variety of theoretical perspectives. In today’s two hour workshop we will explore approaches to play therapy, the healing benefits of play and interventions to successfully engage and support children and families in addressing concerns including depression, anxiety, self-regulation and trauma. The class will include both didactic instruction, roleplays and activities with other participants.
[i] Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosopher

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:
▻ Describe three (3)  benefits of using play therapy and family play sessions.
▻ Describe three (3) play therapy interventions and describe how they can be used to help children express feelings and learn coping strategies. 

Jeannette Harroun, LMFT, RPT-S, is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She has a private practice in Lafayette, CA where she provides psychotherapy and individual consultation and supervision. Her approach to therapy is described as positive, warm and playful. She strongly believes in the power of play in helping children and teens better understand and express themselves. She regularly uses play to address a variety of concerns including anxiety, self-regulation, self-esteem, attachment, tantrums and impulsivity, anxiety, depression, school and motivational issues, trauma, and divorce. She also enjoys supervising and mentoring others, providing consultation and supervision to other professionals. She is currently a collaborative supervisor for the Wright Institute and has taught at both the University of Phoenix and John F. Kennedy University.


  • Licensed Clinician (without CE)
  • $50 USD

  • Student / Prelicensed Clinician
  • $25 USD


Institute For The Advancement Of Psychotherapy