Play Therapy and Childhood Trauma Training

Experiential training programs to help you better serve children and families in need. Read below for more information about our upcoming programs.

  • 2018/2019 Calendar
  • Past Workshops
  • Program Information
  • Faculty
  • Additional Registration Information
  • Payment Information

Please check below for information related to Continuing Education for specific programs.

November 16, 2018: Play Therapy with Children of Divorce: Helping Parents Cope with Warring Parents

InstructorHeather Bryan, LPC, RPT-S
CE clock hours6

November 30 - December 2, 2018: Sand Therapy Integrated With Play Therapy: Theory and Application

InstructorEliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S
Credit Hours18

December 3, 2018: Supervision in Play Therapy

InstructorEliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S
Credit Hours6


February 15-16, 2019 Trauma Focused Integrated Play Therapy

InstructorMyriam Goldin, LCSW, RPT-S, Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Supervisor & Trainer
Credit Hours12

March 8-9, 2019 Developing An Ethic of Play: Strategies for Professional Resilience

InstructorRobin Carnes, CYT,and Kate Amoss, LCPC
Credit Hours10


Feb 8-9, 2019: Integrating Somatic & Sensory Terapies With Play Therapy For Treating Complex Trauma

InstructorJenn Lefebre, PSY.D.
Credit Hours12

April 26th-27th, 2019: Attachment-Based Play Therapy: Promoting Connection, Compassion, & Creativity through the use of Play Therapy and Mindfulness

InstructorTammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT
Credit Hours12

September 8, 2018: Assessment of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

InstructorJennifer Shaw, Psy.D.
CE clock hours6

September 16-17, 2018: Treatment of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

InstructorJennifer Shaw, Psy.D.
CE clock hours12

October 12 & 13, 2018: Integrating Mind-Body Skills into Your Life and Your Therapy Practice: A Skills-Based Training for Mental Health Professionals

InstructorRobin Carnes, CYT
CE clock hours12

October 20, 2018: The use of Play Therapy with LGBT Children

InstructorQuinn Smelser, LPC, RPT-S
CE clock hours6

October 26-27, 2018: Integrating Theraplay with Other Clinical Approaches

InstructorMyriam Goldin, LCSW, RPT-S
CE clock hours12

November 3, 2018: Maneuvering Play Therapy Practice in a Technological World

InstructorRachel Atvater, Psy.D., LCPC, RPT-S
CE clock hours6

Coming Soon: Interplay: A Sustainable System for Self-Care

InstructorKate Amoss, LCPC & Robin Carnes, MBA, Certified Yoga Therapist
Training Location: Blue Nectar Yoga Center 513 W Broad Street Suite 110C Falls Church, VA 22046

Training Hours: Fri: 9:00-4:30 pm

Sat: 12:30-4:30 pm

CE clock hours10
Costs$320 ($160 Per Day)

Dr. Eliana Gil is part of a training team that provides relevant, practical, and integrated trainings on a variety of topics related to play therapy and childhood trauma. Invited Faculty will provide specialized trainings on a variety of topics.

Special features of Starbright programs include:

  • Limited group size
  • Experiential participation
  • Clinical case presentations
  • Clinical skill building

For details and additional information regarding transportation, lodging, Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours, cancellation policy and work scholarships click on Additional Registration Information tab.

Example of Daily Schedule: Six full hours per day

8:459:00 Arrival and coffee
9:0010:30 Program
10:3010:45 Break
10:4512:15 Program
12:151:00 Lunch (On your own; brown bag encouraged)
1:002:30 Program
2:302:45 Break
2:455:00 Program


There are two major airports in the Northern Virginia area:Ronald Reagan National Airport and Dulles Airport. Ronald Reagan is approximately 30 minutes from the host site and Dulles airport is about the same distance. All trainings will be held in the Vienna, Virginia area.


We are happy to refer our workshop participants to the Homewood Suites by Hilton, located about 5 minutes from our offices.  We have worked out some good rates with this hotel and Myriam Goldin personally visited it and found it to be clean, comfortable, pleasant, and very well situated from our offices.  They have extra amenities, including transportation to and from Starbright and the Metro; a full breakfast by an Ecuadorian chef; walking distance from the Silver Diner (now using a very healthy and natural menu), and across the way from some other nice restaurants.  There is a swimming pool and a nice dining area and courtyard.  The rooms are all suites with a kitchen area (my personal favorite when I'm on the road).  The rates for our partiticipants attending Thurs eve through Sunday is $209 per night on Thursdays (heavy volume night) but $109 for Friday and Saturday.  These are competitive rates for the area.  Please mention Starbright when you call for reservations and if you have questions, please contact Bob Duffey.

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON   8130 Porter Road, Falls Church, VA

703.560.6644  * will provide shuttle to Starbright Institute, as well as Dunn Loring Metro Station *

Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours:

Starbright Training Institute currently provides Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours for play therapy.  Starbright Training Institute has been approved by the Association of Play Therapy to provide Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours in play therapy.  Starbright Training Institute is an Approved Provider with APT (APT#96-029) and maintains full responsibility for the program.

Other Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours:  Contiuning Education Credits for many of our programs will be awarded by the Commonwealth Educational Seminars (Continuing Education clock hours) for some of the following professions listed below.  Please see course descriptions of each workshop to confirm if they are approved for the individual program and which professions are eligible to received Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours for each specific training.

Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours may be awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (Continuing Education clock hours) for the following professions.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (Continuing Education clock hours) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours programs. Continuing Education clock hours maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers: Continuing Education clock hours, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Continuing Education clock hours maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: 10/15/15 through 10/15/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA,WI and WY. Continuing Education clock hours maintains responsibility for this program.

Licensed Professional Counselors: Continuing Education clock hours is entitled to grant Continuing Education Contact Clock Hours to LPCs in the following states:AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. Continuing Education clock hours maintains responsibility for this program.

Who Should Attend: These training events are appropriate for mental health professionals who work with children, adolescents, and their families.

Skill Level: Due to the interdisciplinary audience these events attract, attendees are urged to review the training description to determine appropriateness for personal and professional goals. Content is appropriate for professionals with skills of beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Cancellation Policy:

Please be mindful that we offer very small trainings and make decisions about holding workshops based on registration. Faculty often cancel clients in order to be available to teach workshops thus our registration policy is that refunds will be made only if requested in writing. A 75% refund will be provided to registrants who send a cancellation notice postmarked no later than TWO WEEKS prior to the workshop. Please note that you are also able to transfer your registration to another available workshop.

In cases of extreme emergency, you may be eligible to transfer your registration and/or receive a 75% refund. Extreme emergencies include death or sudden illness, or catastrophic environmental situations, and must include verification.

ADA/Section 504 Policy: If you have special needs, please contact Myriam Goldin at 703-980-2886 at least two weeks prior to the scheduled event.

Work Scholarships:
A limited number of "work scholarships" and partial-discount "hardship scholarships" are available upon written request. Please write a letter stating why you qualify for these scholarships to Myriam Goldin and email to our new email:



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  • You may mail a check, along with a copy of your completed Registration Form, to:
  • Myriam Goldin, LCSW, RPT-S. 8626 Lee Highway, Suite 200,Fairfax, VA 22031
  • Please make checks payable to:  Starbright Training Institute


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If you have questions or if you require any additional information, please call us at 703-980-2886