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Play Therapy for Young Children: Innovative Attachment-Based Interventions to Treat Behavioral and Sensory Challenges

Brain development is the most rapid in the first three years of life, and play therapy is integral in promoting healthy child development and sustaining the parent/child attachment.

This recording is filled with appropriate, fun, play-based interventions to rewire the brain and create a sense of trust and safety in the infant and young child’s world. Through play, children learn how to interact with the world around them, communicate and negotiate with others, discover emotions and empathy, ignite their imagination and creativity, boost resilience and self-esteem, and much, much more!

This recording will give you a clear understanding of attachment theory and child development, help you decipher the differences between developmental age and chronological age and most importantly, understand kids and the way they play.

Play therapy theories and techniques will include: Client-centered play therapy – Cognitive-behavioral play therapy – Developmental play therapy – Family play therapy - Theraplay®.

Through videos, case studies and hands-on directive play-based activities, you’ll increase your confidence to work with this young population and gain strategies for:

  • Sensory Processing Challenges
  • Aggressive Behaviors
  • Anxiety/OCD/Perfectionism
  • Trauma/Grief
  • Co-regulation
  • Sleep Issues
  • Enuresis
  • and more!

Children are sensory learners and play is a full sensory experience where children become engaged and make sense of the world around them.

Play will inspire and give you the tools to promote healthy development and attachment!


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Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT
6 Hours 20 Minutes
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Feb 20, 2019
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Main Line Play Therapy

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S, is a licensed clinical social worker, registered play therapist supervisor, and owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is an international speaker and play advocate. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy have been published and internationally recognized. She is an Advanced Certified Trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach®, and a Certified FirstPlay® Practitioner.

Tammi is a founding board member of The World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals. She specializes in sand tray play therapy, sensory integration and attachment, working with children, families, and adults of all ages. She's the author of Casey's Greatness Wings and creator of Greatness Sticks© & Greatness Cards. Tammi is a sought-after expert for speaking engagements, podcasts and webinars.


Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Tammi Van Hollander is the owner of Main Line Therapy, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-Financial: Tammi Van Hollander is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

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  1. Demonstrate at least 3 ways play therapy assessments are useful for setting therapeutic goals and treatment planning for your clients.
  2. Design 4 ways play therapy techniques can be used to form healthy attachments, attunement, and regulation in the children you work with.
  3. Build confidence in understanding and treating behaviors of infants and young children through play therapy.
  4. Determine 3 ways sandtray play therapy can quiet a child’s nervous system when dealing with sensitive issues.
  5. Devise the skills that are needed to teach parents and caregivers how to play with their child and how to make it a part of their daily routine.
  6. Characterize how play therapy can reframe trauma experiences, increase self-regulation and connect to a mind/body awareness.
  7. Assess the importance and ethical issues of therapeutic touch when implementing play therapy.


Introduction: Ice breaker activity

Building Healthy Relationships: Attachment Theories
  • Video on neuroscience of attachment and the brain
  • Mary Ainsworth: 4 types of attachment styles
  • Bolby Attachment Theory
  • Video of Still Face experiment
  • Group activity
Infant & Child Development Theory
  • Maternal mental health
  • Freud, Erikson, Piaget and Mahler
  • Video: marshmallow test with children ages 3-5
Why Play?
  • Evidence supporting benefit of play
  • Therapeutic powers of play
  • Group activity
Play Therapy
  • Getting started
  • Therapeutic benefit
  • Limitations & potential risks
  • Assessment and treatment
    • What is the need behind the behavior?
    • What does the behavior tell us?
    • What are the skills behind the behavior?
Engaging Children in Play
  • Neurobiology of play
  • Repair of developmental trauma
  • Tools for self-regulation
  • What is needed for a play therapy room: the basics
  • From intake to termination
  • An ongoing process
Creative Play Therapy Interventions for:
  • Sensory
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Sensory Processing D/O
  • Enuresis
  • Trauma/Grief
  • Nightmare/Sleep Disorders
  • Hyperactivity
  • Divorce
Play Therapy and Techniques
  • Non-directive play
    • Client-centered play therapy
    • Sandtray
    • Art & music
    • Dolls and dollhouse
    • Case study and video
Developmental Play Therapy Ethical Issues of Therapeutic Touch
  • Intro to Dr. Courtney’s FirstPlay® Kinesthethic Storytelling Infant Massage®
  • FirstPlay® - Demonstration with baby dolls
  • Becky Baily: Baby doll groups and “I love you rituals”
  • Developmentally-appropriate songs and games
Directive Techniques
  • Fun with Feathers
  • Puppet play
  • 6 Senses Safe Place
  • Superpowers
  • Fun with Food
  • Bubble Tennis
  • Pooh/Inside-Out Feelings
  • Favorite books and interventions
  • Casey’s Greatness Wings
  • Greatness Sticks®
  • Sandtray Interventions
  • Mindful Freeze Dance
  • Wiggle out the sillies
  • Sandtray play therapy

Case Studies will be shared throughout the workshop when introducing interventions to participants, so you will get real life examples of the therapeutic value of my most beloved play therapy interventions I use with young children.

Group Activity: creative reflection exercise

Final Community Activity

Target Audience

  • Play Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Educators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 11


BreAnna D - WASHINGTON, District of Columbia


Amanda C - Wylie, Texas

"Great seminar!"

Diana S - Whitehall, Montana

"I am very pleased with the material presented. Also, I like how she used real life example, it make it easier to understand and learn. Great presenter! great way to present such information."

Tanja L - Laguna Niguel, California

"I found this section to be quite engaging throughout the training and relative to my area of focus. Lots of interactive learning!"

JULIE D - MALDEN, Massachusetts

"Great course. A lot of cool new play therapy techniques. "

Marta F - SUNNYVALE, California

"I enjoyed the presenter's positive energy."

Amy R - FORT WORTH, Texas

"Thank you Tammie. Your approachable and humble demeanor as well as your experience made me feel so fortunate to take part in your class. "

Hillary S - CHAMPLAIN, New York

"loved her energy and passion"

Mary K - WARRENTON, Virginia

"Tammy is an excellent instructor!"

Carol K - Bloomington, Illinois

"Tammi is a wonderful presenter! I very much enjoyed learning with her! "

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