August 10, 2017

The first meeting of my new Play Therapy Virtual Book Club was a hit.  We had a fantastic group of clinicians discuss Virginia Axline’s classic book, Dibs: In Search of Self.  If you missed it, the recorded version of this course is available for non-contact hour credit here.

(And, the audio of the discussion is available as a free preview so you can see what it was like before you decide to purchase the course).

August 2017 Selection

The August Selection is Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide edited by Dr. Janet Courtney and Dr. Robert Nolan. 

You can purchase the August Selection anywhere you like, but consider, Self Esteem Shop because you can use code JT12302017 to save 20% of your purchase.

This is a great exploration of play therapy interventions that use touch.  And, it’s perfect for discussion because each chapter is a case study of different techniques. So, you can actually read it in any order or jsut read parts of it and still benefit from this discussion.

And if you’re a fan of Dr. Courtney, you will be pleased to listen to her presentation in the Play Therapy Summit starting August 25th!  

Zoom Meeting

The discussion takes place through Zoom Meeting on August 24th at 2pm CST. Not sure what time that is where you are? Use this easy time zone converter.

Here’s all the details that you need to know:

Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: Discussion From (1 hr play therapy credit: APT Approved Provider 12-331)

Program Description

This live group discussion  will take place through Zoom meetings and will feature the book “Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide” edited by Janet Courtney and Robert Nolan.   Participants can register for free by joining this list and will be provided with a meeting link the week of the call. (Participation is free, only pay $10 if you need documentation for play therapy credit).

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the ethical considerations in providing therapuetic touch in play therapy
  2. Describe at least 3 case studies of how touch was used in play therapy
  3. Explore and discuss innovative ways that play therapists are using touch in play therapy settings.


There is no fee to participate in the discussion, but there is a fee for play therapy credit ($10).   Register by adding your email to this list.  You will receive a link (the week of the meeting) to join the live discussion.  If you are unable to join live, you will receive notification when the recording is available for viewing. *Note, this discussion is limited to the first 100 participants.

(If you’re wondering how to discuss a book with 100 people – it’s easy. Zoom meeting allows for break out rooms, so you will be randomly assigned to smaller groups and will rotate groups throughout the meeting).

Live Participants with verified attendance for the entire hour may receive 1 hour play therapy credit (after completion of a course evaluation).

For those viewing the recording, a short quiz will required and 1 hour of NON-CONTACT play therapy credit will be offered. This is usually posted within 7 days of the event.

*Play therapy credit is not available to non-mental health professionals; however,  students (social worker, counseling, other mental health field) are eligible.

**There is no fee for participation.  However, no refunds whatsoever will be issued after a certificate is obtained.

***Participants assume all responsibility for operating within their scope of practice.  Participation in a group discussion is not a substitute for supervision or consultation while acquiring new skills.

To view all the details about cancellations and refunds, see the policy here. 


This will be a monthly offering so mark your calendars and start reading the future selections.


September 14 2pm-3pmCST: Integrative Team Treatment For Attachment Trauma in Children: Family Therapy and EMDR by Debra Wesselmann et al.  (**note, you do not have to be EMDR Trained to participate, but are responsible for working within your scope of practice).

Join this list to get notified of any future offerings (both live and recorded). 


About the Author

Jen Taylor, LCSW-C, RPT-S is an EMDR Approved Consultant and Certified Journal to the Self Instructor.  She is a therapist specializing in complex trauma, an international play therapy teacher and a published writer of multiple play therapy chapters.  Jen is the creator of the original 2017 Play Therapy Summit and many other innovative programs for mental health professionals.  Jen uses writing therapy, play therapy and expressive arts for her clients and for other mental health professionals so they can lead more joyful and meaningful lives.  Jen encourages people to try new things and create daily habits that allow for incremental progress towards previously unimaginable results.   Jen is a travel enthusiast, an avid reader, and a girl who lifts weights and runs for fun.  

  • I just found out about your Book Club through Jamie Langley! I’m so excited about this!!! I need to be pushed/held accountable to finish books. LOL! This is a great way to get therapists to keep learning on their own. Can’t wait to join in.

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