January 2016


Abuse, Divorce, Grief (oh my!) Play Therapy Interventions for the Tough Subjects

Friday and Saturday, January 29 and 30, 2016

Twin Falls 8:00am to 4:30pm


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.


Many problems addressed in therapy are heartbreaking and difficult.  As play therapists, we need to be equipped and confident in dealing with tough subjects. Therapists have to be willing to go to the “dark places” with our clients so they are not left alone in their suffering. Using the curative powers inherent in play therapy, we can help clients can heal and thrive.  The training will cover numerous interventions in a variety of topics including: sexual abuse, neglect, physical abuse, bullying, trauma, foster care, adoption, depression, anxiety, grief, divorce, etc. Interventions will be taught using experiential and interactive methods.

Participants  will learn:
1.  Participants will learn several theoretical foundations of Play Therapy and be able to identify appropriate use of the different Play Therapy approaches.
2. Participants will be informed regarding the occurrence of trauma, abuse, grief and their symptoms.
3. Participants will learn specific Play Therapy interventions to address: abuse, trauma and grief that they can use immediately
4. Participants will gain confidence in addressing difficult subjects through Child-Centered Play Therapy and strength based modalities.