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2021 Member Presentations: Zooming With Kids: Helping Kids Heal Via Telehealth and Beyond

  • Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • If you are not a current EB CAMFT member, please consider joining our organization and receive member benefits:

Join Fellow East Bay CAMFT Members & Guests For:

2021 Member Peer Presentations

Zooming With Kids:

Helping Kids Heal Via Telehealth And Beyond

Presented by Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S

East Bay CAMFT Treasurer, Co-Program Director, Past President

Date:  March 27, 2021  

Time:  10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Location:  ZOOM (Link directions will be sent March 26, one day before the webinar)


Non-Members and Guests - $20

2 CEU's

Registration closes on March 26th at 6:00 p.m.

(We will not be offering a recorded version of this workshop)

Click Here to register

Course Description:

Beginning March, East Bay CAMFT Members and guests have the opportunity to learn from fellow members and present peer trainings with CEUs provided through EB CAMFT.

Join our first presenter of the year, EB CAMFT Treasurer and Co-Program Director, Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S, and explore child therapy techniques to help children heal through telehealth and beyond during the pandemic.

Educational Goals:  

It is generally recognized in the graduate training of mental health professionals that not enough emphasis is placed on treating children (even though therapy students and associates are most often placed with this population).  This workshop provides an introduction to working with children remotely and eventually in person post-pandemic.

Appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed therapists who already treat children or would like to include them in their practice, this introductory workshop will examine play and its usefulness in therapy with children, explore what a child’s play can reveal about their struggles, introduce the concept of getting therapeutic results with kids as young as preschoolers on a virtual platform and beyond, and review cases. 

Play Therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children (Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002; O’Connor & Schaefer, 1983). Play Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts & feelings (Gil, 1991).  It is an evidenced-based method, in the office or via telehealth platforms, for creating the therapeutic relationships and emotional engagement necessary to allow a child to heal from even traumatic experiences. It allows a safe, fun way for children to express feelings and confront overwhelming experiences in their lives. Play Therapy strategies are developmentally-based theoretical models that engage children in the process of healing. Strategies for adapting it to a virtual therapy will be introduced.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify 3 differences between treating children and adults
  2. Explain the difference between therapeutic play and regular play
  3. List the 4 messages in children's play
  4. Administer at least 5 play therapy interventions that can be used in telehealth or office practice


  • Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • East Bay Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #52488) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  East Bay Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Course Syllabus:

  • 10:00 – 10:15 am   Getting Started
  •  Introduce goals and confidentiality 
  •  What is the difference between treating children vs adults? 
  • 10:15 – 10:45 am   Telehealth With Children
  • What are some of the challenges with virtual therapy with kids?
  • Is it possible to connect with a child virtually?
  • Early pioneer in reaching children virtually
  • How can we replicate this?
  • 10:45 – 11:00 am What is Play Therapy?
  • Definition of play therapy and how it’s used
  • The difference between therapeutic play and regular play
  • 11:00 – 11:15 BREAK
  • 11:15 - 11:40  What happens when you try to do adult therapy with a child?
  • Benefits of using Play in therapy
  • What does play therapy do?
  • Messages in children’s play
  • 11:40 - 12:00 pm Application to a Virtual Platform
  • How so we apply this to a virtual platform? 
  • Delivering an activity online

  • Online play therapy ideas

  • Q&A

About the Speaker:

Susan Kelsey is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who has dedicated her career to providing play therapy to children for over 20 years. In addition, Susan estimates that she has trained over 1,000 therapists nationally and internationally in the quality treatment of children. She has taught masters level Play Therapy courses at Argosy University and the University of California, San Diego, and has been featured as an expert in over twenty parenting magazines. Susan is currently providing therapy to children as young as three via telehealth, and in this workshop she will share with you the secrets to success online with this population. She is a past president and current treasurer of East Bay CAMFT. Click here for extended bio/CV.

**IMPORTANT REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY**  You may cancel for a 50% refund between 5 and 15 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies.  Unused funds cannot be applied to future events. NO EXCEPTIONS!  If the event is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.  

**By registering for the event you agree to the terms of the Cancellation/Refund Policy**

For general information, special needs, ADA accommodations, or grievances: Please contact Sandy at  You will receive a response within 24 hours.  Note: Deadline for requesting ADA accommodations is two weeks prior to the workshop so that we may have time to properly accommodate you.

Please noteCertificates of Completion will be awarded at the completion of the online workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety and complete the course evaluation form at the end of the workshop. No partial credit can be given.

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