Anxiety is extremely prevalent among kids, yet it is under identified, and under treated. It is vital to empower our youth with strategies for coping with anxiety. It is further important to bring the body and mind together for healing anxiety. Play therapy is able to utilize the natural creativity, hope, and movement inherent in imaginative play to empower kids to defeat their “worry bully,” and calm their body. From creating a “worry bully” with kids to helping them practice the 3 ways to defeat the “worry bully,” this training will offer several mind body strategies for over coming and defeating anxiety.


This topical series on play therapy is meant to give therapists new tools and expand their repertoire of techniques for specific client issues of concern. Therapy with kids and adolescents is different, and it requires learning new arenas & languages to facilitate growth and healing. These classes are built on sound therapeutic theory and will focus on the application of specific play therapy tools through demonstration and interaction.


Check out the other topical play therapy training on Anger!


Learning Objectives: At the end of this training, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between worry and panic.
  • Recite and explain a metaphor for explaining anxiety.
  • Describe 3 ways to defeat a "worry bully."
  • Name 7 sensory systems influencing the perception and felt sense of anxiety.
  • Name a physical activity that can be used to calm and regulate a person from each of the 7 sensory systems.
  • List 12 thinking category pairs to evaluate helpful vs. unhelpful thinking.
  • Describe and practice building positive self-coping statements from the 12 helpful thinking categories
  • Explain a process for building a progressive plan for facing fears


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Play Therapy for Anxiety

  • This class is worth 3 CEs. These hours can be applied towards obtaining the necessary 150 CE hours required for RPT credentialing from the Association for Play Therapy. This course is founded in Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, which is considered “seminal theory” by the APT, and appropriate to take during all three phases of training required for obtaining the RPT credential.

    Playmore and Prosper is an approved provider of Play Therapy Training. APT Approved Provider 17-504.