Seminar Detail

Play Therapy: Effectively Diagnose and Assess Through Play

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Play Therapy is an incredible method of communication and diagnostics. It will teach you how to interpret the ways in which children play, the importance of what they play with/what they create, and how to interpret their interactions with us as the professional.

By attending this seminar, you will learn how to understand and determine what the individual is struggling with and causes for presenting behaviors and emotions through their play. You will leave with a tool box filled with ready to use Play Therapy techniques that you will immediately be able to implement in your work with children and clients of all ages. This tool box will consist of appropriate tools for presenting problems such as anger, ADHD, depression, anxiety and more. Some of the tools will include Sand Tray therapy, coloring, the use of puppets, dance/movement, “I Spy”, Gift Boxes, and so many other great techniques. Much of this conference will include active learning and hands on participation. So get ready to learn, have fun and see the world through a child’s eyes.

  1. Explain why and how to engage the family for long-term success.
  2. Implement easy play therapy techniques for specific presenting issues; anger, abuse, depression, etc.
  3. Use play therapy as a diagnostic tool and interpret what you see.
  4. Demonstrate short-term play therapy techniques to maximize behavior change.
  5. Select the best techniques, depending upon the presenting issue.
  6. Demonstrate how to use these techniques in a variety (w/ family, couples and schools) of settings including group play therapy.


Christine Dargon, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience. She is currently in private practice in Northern Arizona where she offers a wide range of psychological services including play therapy, counseling for individuals of all ages, couples counseling and family therapy. Dr. Dargon specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders and marriage counseling. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and is the Founder and Director of a Children’s Theater Company. She has much training and experience with Drama and Dance and now integrates that into her therapeutic work.

Dr. Dargon has also been teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 15 years specializing in Child Development and Counseling. She is currently on faculty at Grand Canyon University serving students in the Masters’ of Counseling Psychology Program and Ashford University teaching undergraduate courses. Dr. Dargon received her Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, her Masters’ of Science in Education in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University with a focus in School Counseling and her Bachelors’ in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Connecticut.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Christine Dargon maintains a private practice. She is on faculty at Grand Canyon University and Ashford University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Christine Dargon is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

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