APT content area: Special Topics

Presenter: Robyn D. Rausch, LPC (TX), LPCC (NM), RPT



This training focuses on working with children under 5 years old in play therapy. This is an age group many play therapists are uncomfortable working with due to difficulties with language, parent engagement, and understanding of their developmental stages. This training will provide education on these stages of development and how to focus entirely on play an presence as the therapeutic approach relying very little on the child’s ability to verbally communicate. It will also cover how to engage parents in supporting these littles to help progress on goals at home.


Learning Objectives

  1. Clinicians will be able to verbally describe the primary developmental goals of children ages 1-5.

  2. Clinicians will be able to identify themes and corresponding play treatment goals for children ages 1-5.

  3. Clinicians will be able to describe 3-5 ways to promote change in children ages 1-5 through play therapy without relying on the child’s use of language.

Instructor Bio:

Robyn D Rausch, LPC-S, RPT-S, trainer Robyn has 8 years of experience in play therapy. She has been working with kids with mental health difficulties most of her life and has a great passion for helping families build resilience and regulation. She currently works with Renewing Hope Counseling in Houston, Texas and advocates through her business, Calming Communities. She practices Adlerian Play Therapy through Relational Cultural Lens and includes a lot of neuroscience as the foundation for skill building. For more information about Robyn, check out her page www.calmingcommunities.com

Robyn Rausch, LPC-S, RPT-S