The Play’s The Thing: How Play and Playfulness Build Resilience

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This address aims to provide a nuanced conceptual understanding of the importance of play in the emotional and academic lives of children.

Through the combined use of lecture, case presentation and audience participation, the ingredients fostering the capacity for play, the nature of play itself and the ways in which deficiencies in play can be ameliorated will all be presented.

Learning objectives:

  • To provide a means for understanding the necessary psychological ingredients that permit the capacity to play to develop.
  • To provide a nuanced examination of the nature of play itself.
  • To use case material to explore how play can be enhanced in psychotherapy with children whose capacity for play has become derailed.

Part of the The Role of Schools in Fostering Resilience in Children: A Guide for School Mental Health Professionals Seminar Series.

Conference Information


October 24, 2021


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Early bird – $80
After 10/15 – $100

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Steven Tuber, Ph.D., ABPP

Steven has been on the faculty of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the City College of New York for 37 years; its Director of Clinical Training for 22 years and its Program Head for 19 years. He is the author and/or editor of eight books, the Editor in Chief of the book series, Psychodynamic Assessment and Treatment for the 21st Century (Lexington Books) and an Associate Editor of four additional journals. His areas of greatest interest are the teaching of psychodynamic child therapy, the use of projective testing with children and adults and the conceptual and clinical work of Donald Winnicott.


Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D.

Introduction by Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D., senior adjunct faculty at Adelphi University, founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor of the two-volume series, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents.

Moderated by

Stephen Hyman, Ph.D., is the Founder and Co-director of Adelphi University’s Postgraduate Program in Psychodynamic School Psychology; former school psychologist, Hewlett Woodmere Public Schools; Journal article: The School as a Holding Environment; Private Practice, Roslyn Heights, New York.

Matthew Tedeschi, Ph.D. is Co-Director and faculty, Adelphi University Postgraduate Program in Psychodynamic School Psychology; faculty, Adelphi Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy; former school psychologist Western Suffolk BOCES; Private Practice, Northport, New York.

Case Presentation

Frances Dalis, Psy.D. LMSW, RPT-S is Director of the Long Island University

Psychological Services Center and Co-Director of Clinical Training also at LIU. She supervises graduate student therapists who work in LIUs Pride Healing Center which provides treatment to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Dalis’ 2018 dissertation was on: Coming Out as a Gay Man: The Journey of Self-Discovery and Disclosure.

Dr. Dalis is a graduate of the Adelphi University Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy where she was a Fellow. Currently she teaches psychology courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to her work with children and adolescents Dr. Dalis often includes parents and other family members in the treatment process. Assisting children to recognize their resilience is part of Dr. Dalis’ orientation. She is a Registered Play Therapy- Supervisor- (RPT-S) and is in private practice in Roslyn, New York where she utilizes an integrative approach in working with children, special needs students, adolescents and families.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

Susan Price (She/Her)
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Hy Weinberg Center 325
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