Play Therapy with children who have experienced trauma and loss

Friday, April 27, 2012
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Adelphi Alumni House
Garden City Campus

Directions to Campus

Event is Sold Out

About the Program

Because children are often ill equipped to express feelings through words, play therapy enables them to demonstrate their feelings in non-verbal symbolic ways. Children are able to engage in play that not only brings cathartic relief, but also permits them to try out various solutions that help them feel better. This is especially true when they are bereaved as a result of traumatic circumstances.  Traumatized children are often in pain, but are unable to verbally express  their thoughts and feelings. Often, they can express their feelings of grief and work through their trauma by playing out their stories in non-verbal symbolic ways within the safe context of the therapeutic helping relationship. This workshop presents a number of play therapy methods useful in helping traumatized and bereaved children express and process their feelings of grief. These methods will be illustrated through in-depth case examples that demonstrate the use of play therapy both with the child alone and in conjoint therapy with the child and mother. The methods include the entire range of play therapy methods, such as drawing activities, the use of puppets, dolls and doll houses as well as blocks and toy vehicles such as school buses, ambulances and police cars.

About the Instructor

Nancy Boyd Webb, D.S.W., LICSW, RPT-S, retired from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in 2008 where she taught in the clinical practice area for 30 years and developed a Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Child and Adolescent Therapy. The program trained close to 200 professionals in the use of play therapy with children who have experienced trauma, various kinds of losses, and bereavement. Dr. Webb holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Social Work Emerita and formerly held the endowed James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies at Fordham. She presents frequently as a keynote speaker and workshop leader at conferences nationally and internationally. Her recent publications include: the 3rd editions of Helping Bereaved Children, Play Therapy with Children in Crisis and Social Work Practice with Children and a new book on Helping Youth and Families Cope with Acute and Chronic Health Conditions

Program Fees

Regular registration, March 27, 2012 or later. $115.00
Full-time faculty member at Adelphi University. $85.00
Registered full-time student at Adelphi University. $55.00


We are sorry, but registration is closed for this program as it has reached full capacity.

Who Should Attend

Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Providers, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, Neonatologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physician Assistants , Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Speech Pathologists,  Psychologists, Obstetricians, Family Therapists, School Counselors, Child Life Specialists, Educators, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Students and Others who professionally impact the lives of  adults, families and children.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marcy Safyer
Director Institute for Parenting
p - 516.877.3060
e - theinstituteforparenting@adelphi.edu

Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information visit tsg.suny.edu. You may also contact EIP at eip@tsg.suny.edu or 800.295.9616.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • ASHA
  • Psychology     
  • NBCC
  • OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services)

This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 6 continuing education/training/contact hours or .6 ASHA Credits

Social work CEU’s are given through the New York State Chapter of the NASW.

CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted for approval to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for credits toward recredentialing.
Education Hours/credits: May be received at the discretion of your school. We are happy to provide any information you may need to help towards your approval.

NBCCNBCC Credits/Hours:
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting is an approved provider of the National Board for Certified Counselors- Approved Education Providers (NBCC-ACEP).


This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Related area).

Continuing Education Certificates:  Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the conference.

Psychology CE credits:  Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists through the Adelphi University School of Social Work.  Adelphi University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Attendance to the entire conference is required. No partial credit is given. To apply for CE credits, contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.237.8513.

Nursing Contact Hours: Adelphi University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on accreditation.

Confirmations: No confirmations will be issued due to the high volume of registrations.

Cancellation Policy: No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee.  Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.


Should you require disability accommodations, please email the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@adelphi.edu, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, 7 days notice is required.

For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512
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