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Jungian Play Therapy

September 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am - September 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

$125 - $240
Jungian workshop

This workshop is intended to provide play therapists a cursory understanding of Jungian Analytical Play Therapy with the intention to provide them with a relevant model and structure by which they can deepen their understanding of children’s therapeutic play. 12 CEUS available. (NASW approved)

Learning Objectives-

  1. Gain a clear understanding of the development of a child’s psyche through play therapy.
  2. Gain a clear understanding of the development of a complex and proto-complex in play therapy.
  3. Gain a clear understanding of the archetypal material involved in complex formation in play therapy.
  4. Gain a clear understanding of the symbolic nature of toys in play therapy sessions.
  5. Gain a clear understanding of the connection between the thematic application of the toys and the child’s complex related issues in play therapy sessions.
  6. Gain an understanding of a child’s work and the process of transformation through play therapy.
  7. Gain an understanding of the therapist’s role as witness, container, and interpretor during a play therapy session.

During the course of a play therapy session there are a great number of things happening. From a Jungian Analytical Play Therapy perspective, there is as much happening unconsciously as consciously, which only adds to the number of issues over which the play therapist must be aware. Over the years it has become this presenters’ experience that the more seasoned and experienced play therapist is anxious to explore more of that unconscious material, and establish a deeper understanding of the child’s behavior. This sectional will explore the deeper meaning of the child’s play to her core issues. This sectional will start by examining the structure of the child’s psyche. We will establish a theoretical core from which we can understand the child’s symptoms in relationship to how the child has processed her experiences. The dynamic relationship between the child’s conscious behavior and her deeper,  unconscious formulation of complex related material will be presented. The toys the child selects, and the themes presented by the child’s play will be examined to illustrate them as direct empirical manifestations of unconscious material. This material will be examined for clinically relevant material, and the process of transformation will be illustrated. This “deeper” look into the therapeutic play of children will assist seasoned play therapists to discover a more meaningful understanding of the play that children manifest during a play therapy session.


JP Lilly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist/ Supervisor in private practice. He is published in books and journals, and taught at Brigham Young University in the graduate schools of Clinical Psychology, Social Work, and MFT for seventeen years. He is the founder of BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse). He served on the Association for Play Therapy national board and a past UAPT president.



September 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am
September 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
$125 - $240


Intermountain Medical Center
5121 Cottonwood St
Murray, UT 84107
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