Introductory Play and Expressive Art Therapy for Children and Adolescents

September 16, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


1255 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027

Event Organizer

Social Work Office of Professional Excellence (SWOPE)


Play is the language of children.  Play is what fosters learning and development (Russ, 2004), helps children develop roles for survival, creates positive connections and relieves stress (Landreth, 2002). Almost 80 percent of social workers regularly work with children and adolescents, yet over half do not consider it their practice area and do not have training specific to this population.

After today’s workshop, participants will significantly add to their own clinical toolbox, with an understanding of the nuts and bolts of a play therapy session, the theories behind child-centered and directive play therapy sessions as well as exercises to take home and add to their practice.


Elisabeth (Beth) Counselman-Carpenter, LCSW, PhD, is a full-time professor of clinical practice at Columbia School of Social Work, teaching courses on clinical interventions, evaluation, and the application of risk and resilience theories and research to at-risk populations. In addition to her role as educator, she has her own private practice, providing individual, group, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. For more information, please see Prof. Counselman-Carpenter’s bio.

For more information and to register for the event, please click here. 6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers. Licensed Social Workers for other states, please refer to your state licensing agency and email This event is also open to the public. Livestream available.