Upcoming Trainings

1st Annual Play Therapy Conference
Partners in Play: Adlerian Play Therapy

March 12, 2018 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Join us for this fun, interactive, and experiential workshop. Dr. Terry Kottman, the "inventor" of Adlerian play therapy, will introduce you to Adlerian play therapy, a method of integrating the concepts and techniques of Individual Psychology with the practice of play therapy. You will learn techniques for establishing relationships with clients, exploring clients' life-styles, helping clients gain insight into their lifestyles, and reorienting and reeducating clients. Dr. Kottman will introduce you to several of the unique ways that Adlerians conceptualize children and the significant adults in their lives: goals of misbehavior, the Crucial Cs, and personality priorities. We will explore play therapy strategies, art techniques, metaphors, and storytelling strategies for working with a wide range of clients. Dress comfortably, and be prepared to PLAY!!

*Participants registering for this workshop will receive 6 Continuing Education hours.


Intensive Seminar in Adlerian Play Therapy

March 13-16, 2018 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Join The Center for Play Therapy Research and Training with Dr. Terry Kottman for an intensive 4-day seminar in Adlerian Play Therapy. In this training, Dr. Kottman will use discussion, encouragement, video demonstrations, and role playing to help you refine your skills so that you will be able to use play therapy to (a) build relationships with children; (b) explore children's lifestyles; (c) help children gain insight into their lifestyles; and (d) help children make changes in their thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviors. You will also learn and practice strategies for developing a conceptualization of the child and consulting with parents and teachers. Built into this workshop is the opportunity to make video recordings of your practice with a child in the playroom and receive supervision from Dr. Kottman. Required reading before class: Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy (3rd ed.) (Kottman and Meany-Walen, 2016).

Cost: $600 is due on January 31, 2018 ($650 if paid in installments - the first payment is due on January 31, 2018).

*Participants registering for this workshop will receive 34 Continuing Education hours.

About Terry Kottman

Terry Kottman, Ph.D., NCC, RPT-S, LMHC, founded The Encouragement Zone, a center where she provides play therapy training and supervision, life coaching, counseling, and "playshops" for women. She regularly presents workshops on play therapy, activity-based counseling, counseling children, school counseling, and life coaching. Prior to founding The Encouragement Zone, Terry held a number of different jobs - she was a day care provider, an associate in an elementary school, a graduate teaching assistant, a special education teacher, a school counselor, the director of the Child and Family Resource Clinic and professor of counselor education at the University of North Texas, and a professor of counselor education at the University of Northern Iowa.

Terry went to Grinnell College as an undergraduate, majoring in American Studies and English. She has a master's degree in Elementary Teaching from Colorado College and a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Texas at Dallas. Terry's doctorate in Counselor Education is from the University of North Texas, where she specialized in working with children and families. During her internship there, Terry developed Adlerian play therapy, an approach to counseling children that combines the ideas and techniques of Individual Psychology and play therapy.

Terry is the author of Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy and Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond; she is the co-author (with Dr. Jim Muro) of Guidance and Counseling in the Elementary and Middle Schools; co-author (with Drs. Jeff Ashby and Don DeGraaf) of Active Interventions for Kids and Teens: Adding Adventure and Fun to Counseling and Adventures in Guidance; and co-editor (with Dr. Ann Vernon) of Counseling Theories: Practical Applications with Children and Adolescents in School Settings and (with Dr. Charles Schaefer) of Play Therapy in Action: A Casebook for Practitioners . She has written many journal articles and book chapters on play therapy, metaphors, school counseling, counseling with children and families, Adlerian therapy, and perfectionism.

In 2014, Terry won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy.

Terry is also Jacob's mother and Rick's wife -by far the most important and favorite of the many things she does.

Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy

Graduate Certificate