February 2015

Day One ~ Play Nice: Teaching Emotional and Social Skills Through Play Therapy

Day two ~ Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun: Play Therapy with Tween and Teen Girl’s

Holly Willard, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist, is a psychotherapist at Wasatch Family Therapy in Utah. She also works as an elementary school counselor and an adjunct professor for Westminster College and University Of Utah. She completed her Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2000.  Holly Willard has extensive background working with children, teens and families with trauma.   Holly is a contributor to local television news and radio.  She serves on the Utah Play Therapy Board and presents nationally on play therapy topics.  She is married and has four children.

Friday, February 13, 2015 ~ Twin Falls 8:30am to 4:30pm

Play Nice: Teaching Emotional and Social Skills Through Play Therapy.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand, and react to others’ emotions while comprehending social networks. Research shows that even more than IQ, your emotional & social intelligence is more correlated with success and overall happiness.  Improving emotional intelligence is important for all children.  Interventions presented in the training can be used in individual, family, or group therapy and applied in numerous settings: private practice, schools, residential or community programs.

Participants  will learn:
1.  What is emotional intelligence and why is it important.
2. How to increase client’s social and emotional intelligence through play therapy methods.
3. The training will be hands experiential learning, participants will learn several interventions they can immediately use.

Saturday February 14, 2015 ~ Twin Falls 8:00am to 3:00pm

Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun: Play Therapy with Tween and Teen Girl’s
Females are being attacked at earlier ages by media, society and social norms.  Girls as young as six years old begin to have body image issues, demonstrate relational aggression and low self-esteem.  Many girls struggle with emotional regulation, anxiety and depressive symptoms.  Self-mutilation, substance abuse, eating disorders and relationship problems are prevalent.  Treatment needs to focus on female-specific to assist clients in reclaiming their authentic selves.  Interventions must be strength-based and best practice.   Play therapy allows clients to be vulnerable and express themselves freely.

1. Participants will gain basic understanding of theories and models that involve best-practice including: Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Neurological findings, Feminist Theory, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and Client-Centered Play Therapy
2. Participants will learn how to improve the therapeutic relationship through play methods and teach skills to parents to improve family relationships.
3.  Participants will learn numerous interventions to use with adolescent females that correlate with best practice models and treat symptomatic behavior.


Day One – February 13, 2015 – 6 hrs CE Credit for one day

8:00 am to 8:30 am – registration

8:30 am to 10:00 am – conference

10:00 am to 10:15 am – break

10:15 am to 11:45am- conference

11:45 pm to 1:00 pm – lunch on your own
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – conference

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm – break

2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – conference

4:15 pm to 4:30pm – Wrap up


Day Two– February 14, 2015 – 5.5 hrs CE Credit for one day

7:30 am to 8:00 am – registration

8:00 am to 10:00 am – conference

10:00 am to 10:15 am – break

10:15 am to 12:00 pm- conference

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm – lunch on your own
1:15 pm to 3:00 pm – conference/Wrap up

Continuing Education

Molly and Me’s Training Center is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Provider #08-222).  11.5 CE hours for the two day conference are available for Social Workers, Counselors, and MFTs.