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The Role of Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy with Daniel Siegel, MD

Despite your best efforts and applying various tools in the toolbox of “therapy techniques”, do you continue to struggle with some clients?

Do you wonder if there’s some new approach that you can integrate to make better headway?

By incorporating Play and Creativity in your work, you can improve treatment outcomes with your clients.

Learn how to incorporate Play and Creativity into your practice. Dr. Siegel is the New York Times bestselling author of Whole Brain Child, Brainstorm, No Drama Discipline and Mindsight and the leading expert on the confluence of interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness and psychotherapy.

You’ll learn how you can use play for the clinical evaluation of a child, adolescent, or adult, because how a person plays reveals ways in which mental well-being may be present or impaired. You’ll discover how easy it is to incorporate play techniques and other creative approaches such as rhythmic movement, non-verbal alignment, improvisation and musical vocalizations into your practice.

To give you even more practical application, Dr. Siegel will demonstrate play activities that are used with huge success in the treatment of:

  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression


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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
6 Hours 19 Minutes
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Oct 14, 2015
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This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



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Mindsight Institute

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Siegel's psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel's books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Power of Showing Up also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute.  He is an author for W.W. Norton publishing and receives royalties.  He is an author for Bantam publishing and receives royalties.  He is an author for Guilford Press and receives royalties.  He is an author for Tarcher/Penguin and receives royalties.  He is an author for Random House and receives royalties.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial:  Dr. Daniel J Siegel is a clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine. He does not receive compensation.

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  1. Discuss the role of play in the development of mental well-being in clients.
  2. List four forms of play and their treatment implications.
  3. Contrast a state of trust from a state of wariness in clients.
  4. Identify how client attachment patterns shape the drive for exploration.
  5. Summarize three ways in which uncertainty is necessary for play in a clinical setting.
  6. Name four ways to incorporate creative play in psychotherapy.



  • How attachment relationships create the space for play
  • Neural integration, play and self-regulation
  • Trust, social engagement and play
  • Forms of play

Development of Play Across the Lifespan

  • Developmental trauma and its impact on trust and play
  • Abuse, neglect, and attachment
  • Traumatic attachment, unsolvable fear, and impaired play
  • Dissociation as a developmental result of trauma

The Fundamentals of a Creative Psychotherapy

  • The PART we play as therapists
  • Healing power of presence
  • The Polyvagal Theory and social engagement
  • Play and imagination within dyadic integration
  • Trust and the social engagement system of the brain

Play and Creativity

  • Space for inner directed exploration of the internal and external worlds
  • Find time to play and the freedom to create
  • Thriving with uncertainty
  • The pleasure of play builds upon itself

Play and Therapy

  • Energy and Information in new combinations
  • Use the a playful mind to change a chaotic or rigid brain
  • The central role of consciousness and neuroplasticity in the process of therapy
  • The self-organizing aspect of play in therapy
  • How creativity and play change a brain

Interventions and Play Activities

  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression

A Playful Interpersonal Space in Psychotherapy

  • Respect and Trust
  • Embrace the power of uncertainty
  • Cultivate and reignite the creative imagination
  • Relational and neural integration at the heart of resilience and health

Target Audience

Case Managers, Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 13


Sharon P

"this has enhanced my learning and is very relevant to my role. great ideas to think about and plan to put into practise."

Sharie B

"I feel really inspired to continue my work of teaching adults improvisational play forms and using it as part of my counseling practice. More examples of how to introduce play in sessions and how it has been helpful for people would be helpful. At times it felt like too much detail and I needed t"

Grace P

"I learned a lot from this seminar and enjoyed hearing Daniel share his knowledge."

Deanette C

"Excellent want to learn more!"

Emily D

"This was an excellent training that all child and family therapists should take. "

Maggie R

"This was a very informative training. I would encourage all of my colleagues to attend a seminar by Dan Siegel. "

Althea C

"This program is more amazing that I had anticipated before staring this workshop. I am deeply moved and amazed by the depth of knowledge possessed by this speaker, and his sense of humor is greatly appreciated. The amount of knowledge and information provided in this workshop is so helpful that I ca"

Loree S

"I am an art therapist and this workshop supports me experiences using art with with groups of adult patients experiencing emotional crisis. Over time I have found the experience of making art to be the most valuable part of the therapy. Patients use words like "freeing, calming, fun, engaging" to "

Phyllis D

"I find myself pulled toward hearing about the recent brain and mind research. It's fascinating!"

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