Dibs: In Search of Self – Play Therapy Virtual Book Club, July

Nerd alert!  I love a good book club. The problem is that I am one of those professionals that spends my free time reading professional books and so I never actually make time to read fiction books for pleasure.

The problem is that none of the community book clubs have an interest in reading play therapy books and even if they did, well…it’s just not the same as being around a group of mental health people that truly love play therapy.

Now, if you couple that interest with the need to have professional continuing education credits AND a problem traveling far away to full day conferences, then you really are a kindred spirit.

Problem Solved:

I am excited to announce the start of a Play Therapy Virtual Book Club that will help you

  • Finish those professional books that you order but never quite get around to reading
  • Connect with other like-minded professionals to dive deeper into the material and process it at a whole new level AND
  • Earn play therapy contact hours while you’re at it.


The Play Therapy Virtual Book Club meets all of those needs and starts this month with the play therapy classic Dibs: In Search of Self.

I’m going to admit right now that I just finished this book last week!  I know, I should have read it years ago.  But, it seemed like a good place to start for this book club.  If you’re like me and never ordered it, you can get your copy for under $10 and finish it before July 21st.

Zoom Meeting

And then, meet up with us on July 21st at 2pm CST to discuss all the lessons learned from this classic case.  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:

Dibs: In Search of Self Play Therapy Virtual Book Club (1 hr play therapy credit: APT Approved Provider 12-331)

Program Description

This live group discussion will be hosted through Zoom Meetings and will discuss the implications of Virginia Axline’s classic book, Dibs: In Search of Self for contemporary play therapy practice.  Participants can register for free by joining this list and will be provided with meeting link the week of the call.  (Participation is free, only pay $10 if you need documentation for play therapy credit).

Learning Objectives

  1.  Identify 3 ways the Axline’s play therapy principles are demonstrated in this case
  2.  Discuss 3 ethical issues related to working with Dibs and critique how they were handled
  3.  Review and discuss 3 examples of how non-directive strategies achieved treatment plan goals in this case.


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.

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.

*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.

July 21 2pm-3pm CST:  Dibs: In Search of Self  by Virgnia Axline

August 24 2pm-3pm CST : Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: Edited by Janet Courtney

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

Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT is an experienced child and family therapist and public speaker who specializes in trauma, ADHD, and conduct problems. Discover more about her diverse clinical background and family. Reach out to Jennifer with questions or comments by emailing at info@jentaylorplaytherapy.com


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