Supporting Client's Unique Expression of Grief and Healing in the Play Therapy Room

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This 2- hour recorded play therapy webinar will focus on how grieving helps adults and children heal from their pain, and it is a natural reaction to the death of a loved one. Sometimes, adults who try to protect youth (ages 3-18 years old) from the pain of loss are often trying to protect themselves. Keep these suggestions in mind as children work through grief. Allow children to express grief in their own way and in their own time.

Participants will explore how Children's feelings may emerge through behavior and play, not through talking and discussing, simply because they are not able to verbalize what they are feeling (e.g., children might laugh or play at a time that feels inappropriate to an adult). 

The webinar will discuss the  Three-Dimensional Grief Model (Ward-Wimmer et al. 2002). The practice model is based on the premise that children have to engage and complete their bereavement tasks in order to reconcile, let-go-of, and adjust to their loss. The presenter will discuss Gestalt Play Therapy.  The Powers of Play Therapy will be weaved to supporting clients in their healing process.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define the Gestalt Theory and Gestalt Play Therapy  to support clients dealing with loss and grief

2.Describe the developmental stages of childhood, and explain how each impacts the way a child grieve

3. Discuss the Three-Dimensional Grief model to use to support clients'unique expression and healing and grieving in play therapy sessions.

4. Understand the importance of allowing children to express grief in their own way and in their own time in play therapy sessions

5. Learn 5 activities that are play-based and expressive that focus on healing and grief to use in individual, group, and family sessions in the play therapy room


INFORMATION FOR THIS WEBINAR WILL CLOSE 1 HOUR BEFORE THE WEBINAR. No registrations will be accepted after this time.

You must actively attend the entire webinar and complete an evaluation to receive non -contact hours.

You will receive a webinar link via email within 48 hours of the webinar beginning. Also, check your spam folder as well.

If you do not receive the webinar link you have up until 8 hours prior to the webinar to contact the trainer to receive the link again. The presenter will not be able to send a link after this time frame.

Webinar/Refund Policy

There are no refunds for this webinar if you are not able to attend or miss the webinar please email Sabra Starnes at info@nextplace therapy. You may receive the recorded video to view for 30 days and a copy of the handout to keep. The recording is not automatically sent it must be requested.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sabra Starnes, the organizer at

Next Place Therapy is as Approved Provider for the Association for Play Therapy #17-526. The owner is Sabra Starnes. 

Course Curriculum

Welcome to the 2 Hour Non Contact Play Therapy Webianr

What's included?

1 Video
2 Texts
Sabra Starnes
Sabra Starnes
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

About the instructor

Sabra D. Starnes, LICSW, LCSW-C, RPT-S
, is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist supervisor. She is the owner of Next Place Therapy in Largo, Maryland. She also works as a School Social Worker for the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Sabra is a passionate and committed therapist and educator, who enjoys working with children, teens, and families. Sabra has been successful in providing effective family therapy to adoptive, foster, divorced and stepfamilies. She has done local and national training for parents and professionals on various topics. Sabra specializes in attachment, building healthy and secure relationships with families, school issues, adoption, and foster care. Sabra is trained and skilled in Play Therapy, Sand tray, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Relationship work. She enjoys incorporating expressive therapy techniques, art, music, dance, and psychodrama into the work she does with clients.

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