Reflective Practice for Play Therapists

Kimberly Cosgrove, Carole Norris-Shortle, and Susan Taylor

Program Goals

The goal of this workshop is to equip play therapists, and other mental health professionals, with a framework for and practice experience in Reflective Practice.  

Play therapy is always fluid.  Sessions with clients and client families can flow, or may have tension, feel stuck, and become derailed.  Reflective Practice can provide a structured framework to create the security needed to explore growing edges in clients, in families, and for play therapists.  As lifelong learners, play therapists, and other clinicians, can consciously and intentionally enhance our ability to reflect and respond as we strive for coherence between our values and theory, and our practice.  Mindful self-regulation promotes the curiosity and self-awareness that facilitate the reflective process and clinical growth. Based on the presenters’ over 20 years of experience creating an attachment-based, trauma-informed, play therapy model serving homeless babies and their parents, we will delve deeply into the forms of Reflective Practice that have sustained us. These methods apply to play therapists, and other clinicians, in any stage of their professional journey, with any client population. Please join us as we offer ourselves a day to notice and explore the cycle of self-awareness and learning for our clients AND for ourselves.

Program Schedule

The schedule will consist of lecture, discussions, and experiential explorations.

9:00- 09:45 Introductions, participant urgent concerns/intentions for the day, discussion of expectations, experiential exploration
09:45 -10:30 Parallel process in creating a guiding framework for Reflective Practice, experiential exploration
10:30 -10:45 Break
10:45 -12:30 Mindfulness in Reflective Practice, experiential exploration, midpoint check in
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch break
01:30 - 3:00 Empathic Inquiry, rupture and repair, participant issues, experiential exploration
03:00 - 3:15 Theory of Change, collaboration and attunement in practice, experiential exploration
03:15 - 4:30 Parallel process in integration, participant issues, experiential exploration

Course Objectives

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Define a 3-step template for structuring reflective sessions for play therapists and clients or client families. 
  2. Identify at least 2 "growing edges" that play therapists can develop in regard to their own reflective presence.
  3. Name 2 mindful self-regulation techniques that support the parallel process of reflection in play therapy and other therapeutic modalities.  
  4. Describe the use of the FAN (Facilitated Attuned iNteraction) in play therapy, using at least 2 examples of reflective practice embedded in this model.
  5. Identify, by using 3 words, a process of play therapy integration for client families, and clinicians.

General Course Information

This course is limited to 30 participants and is designed to facilitate experiential work, group discussion, and review the present literature and practice regarding reflective practice and play therapy.  Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their specific needs and clinical questions. Participant feedback and participation will be sought out throughout the day.

Clinical case discussions will adhere to HIPPA regulations regarding client confidentiality.

Target audience is Mental Health Professionals and students, including, but not limited to Play Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage and Family Counselors, Psychiatrists.

The program is appropriate for all levels of practitioner, from students to well seasoned, advanced professionals.

This event is co-sponsored by Starbright Training Institute and the Institute for Continuing Education.  Starbright Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Provider No. 96-029).  

Additional CE units, not specific to play therapy, will be provided through the Commonwealth Educational Seminars (  There is an additional $25 fee for social work, counseling, MFT, and psychology CEs and checks are made out to Starbright Training Institute (or cash paid at training, no credit cards).

For information about continuing education credit, fees, and deadlines for cancellations/refunds, please see It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

Myriam Goldin, LCSW, RPT-S is Director of Starbright Training Institute.  Phone: 703-980-2886. Email:

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Susan Taylor;, 443-540-2875. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Starbright Training Institute’s training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations please contact the Director of Starbright Training Institute. See contact information above.

Course Instructor Contact Information

Name: Kim Cosgrove


Phone: 301-219-4023


Name: Carole Norris-Shortle


Phone: 443-851-1502


Name: Susan Taylor


Phone: 443-540-2875