Using Play Therapy in Schools

Details: Friday July 30, 2021 from 9am – 12:15pm Central via Zoom *This session is limited to 40 participants.

Session Description: This workshop will illustrate how play therapy can be facilitated in a school setting for individual and group use. Participants will discuss materials and skills useful in providing school-based play therapy. Suggestions for play therapy application with students will be provided. 

Learning Objectives:
After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss research supporting the use and benefits of play therapy in school settings
  2. Describe materials useful in providing play therapy in school settings
  3. Identify the application of play therapy interventions to respond to various student concerns 

Instructor: Sara Carpenter, Ph.D., Certified School Counselor, PLPC

Dr. Sara Carpenter is a practicing middle school counselor and counselor educator at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2018, she received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As a certified K-12 school counselor, Carpenter has practiced across all three levels; elementary, middle (her favorite!), and secondary; and frequently uses play therapy interventions to support the social and emotional development of students. Dr. Carpenter completed her play therapy training at the Play Therapy Institute @ UMSL and is currently receiving play therapy supervision as she works towards her clinical license.