The Process of Adlerian Play Therapy

8/9/2019 - 9:00am CDT to 8/10/2019 - 4:30pm CDT

This is a two day event.  This course will explore Adlerian Play Therapy techniques, as developed by Terry Kottman, Ph.D. These techniques will assist you in building relationships with children, exploring the children’s lifestyle, helping children gain insight into their lifestyle, and helping children create change in their thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors. There will be an emphasis on play therapy skills, Adlerian theory as applied to play therapy, and what makes Adlerian Play Therapy unique. Playful, hands on activities will be presented to assist students in experiencing different aspects of the Adlerian play therapy process, along with activities that can be utilized with clients. Adlerian play therapy was added to the SAMHSA list of evidenced-based treatments.

The instructor, Susan Dannen, LICSW, RPT-S, completed a train the trainer program with the creator and founder of Adlerian Play Therapy, Terry Kottman, Ph.D., Susan has studied directly under Dr. Kottman and has known Terry for over ten years. As a trainer, Susan can share copies of Dr. Kottman’s student training manual, as well as other handouts created by Dr. Kottman.

Susan has over 25 years of experience in the mental health field, specializing in children and families. She is a Clinical Social Worker, and she is certified as a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor, as well as being a Certified Youth Instructor for Yoga Calm. Susan is approved to supervise Play Therapy and Social Work. Susan is currently the Supervisor of Early Childhood programs at Orchard Place in Des Moines, IA.


1. Identify components of Adlerian Psychology and how thet are Utilized in Adlerian Play Therapy

2. Articulate the steps in Adlerian Play Therapy

3. Summarize the differences between Indirect and Direct Play Therapy techniques and when to utilize these techniques with clients in the Adlerian Play Therapy Process

4.Identify specific hands-on techniques that can be utilized with clients in Adlerian Play Therapy

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