“LET’S PLAY” – Play Therapy: Adlerian Theory and Techniques

A free workshop for therapists, social workers, psychologists, educators, and anyone who desires to know more about play therapy.

Presented by: Ann Schelbe, MSW, LCSW

Saturday March 15, 2008
10 AM to 12 PM
Bethel Park Library
5100 West Library Road, Bethel Park, 15102

This workshop will provide an overview of play therapy and review some of Alfred Adler’s principles such as all people being social beings, all aspects of life being interconnected, work and friendship being life long tasks, and all behavior having a purpose within the framework of play therapy.

What is play therapy? Is this something that can be done at home? Or only by professionals? Is play therapy just play? What does it do for the child? What is the expected outcome?

This workshop will illustrate how professionals can utilize play to encourage children to make meaning of their early experiences and to act within this framework throughout their lives. It will also encourage parents to learn effective ways to play and participate actively with their children.


  1. To define what is play therapy and why it is not just play.
  2. To understand the benefits of play therapy.
  3. To understand how to provide encouragement to a child in play therapy and in life.
  4. To define the four goals of misbehavior which become apparent in play therapy.

Ann Schelbe LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She has over ten years of therapeutic experience, working with children and adolescents aged 4 to 18, with their parents on parenting issues, and with adults on individual concerns. She has extensive experience in Wraparound services as a behavior specialist and mobile therapist, and in outpatient therapy as a school therapist and in private practice. She also has thirty years of parenting experience with the raising of three daughters. Ms Schelbe is the secretary of the Western Pennsylvania Society for Adlerian Psychology and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

About the Society:
The Western Pennsylvania Society for Adlerian Psychology promotes the educational theories and practical techniques of Dr. Alfred Adler, a leading theorist in the field of mental health and the founder of child guidance centers. His theory of Individual Psychology promotes a holistic approach for each individual and is based on a model of growth. His teachings are applicable to parent/child relationships and counseling for families.

Continuing Education Credits:
Two (2) hours of Continuing Education will be awarded. This program is co-sponsored by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). NASAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for counselors. NASAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. NASAP is also approved to sponsor continuing education for ACT 48 for educators in the state of Pennsylvania. Application has been made to the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Work for continuing education. There is no fee for attendance. There is a nominal charge of $5.00 for CEs for non-members of WPSAP to cover administrative costs.

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