Webinar: Play Therapy Techniques in Early Childhood Settings: Supporting Social-emotional Learning & Self-regulation


Research has established the negative impact of early adversity on a child’s social and emotional development. Adults who work in early childhood settings are in a unique position to help children overcome early challenges by supporting their acquisition of essential emotional skills and self-regulation capacities through consistent, predictable, nurturing, and positive interactions.

In this webinar, by Play Therapist Christian Bellissimo, MSW, LCSW, RPT, LLC, you will learn how to support children’s development through their most natural means for expression: play. First, Christian will provide examples of typical and symptomatic play expressions in the form of pictures and video from actual play therapy sessions to help you potentially identify children who may be in need of further assessment by a mental health professional. You will learn about essential play skills, derived from Non-Directive, or Child-Centered Play Therapy and how to engage young children in play and interact with them in ways that can strengthen the attachment relationship while supporting the acquisition of vital coping skills. The play skills, which can easily be applied during free play times with individuals or small groups of children, include:

  • allowing the child to lead the play,
  • naming the child’s feelings,
  • framing the child’s behavior as a choice or decision,
  • therapeutic limit setting,
  • supporting developmentally appropriate independence and frustration tolerance through challenging tasks, and
  • the use of specific praise.


3/21/2018 2:00 PM - 3/21/2018 3:30 PM


Behavior Curriculum/Instructional Methods Early Childhood Instructional Strategies Mental Health Social/Emotional