Session #1


The Playful Parent: Engaging Parents in Play Therapy

May 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Harrisonburg, VA
Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S

When working with children, it can be beneficial to work with the parents or caregivers. However, engaging parents in play therapy can sometimes be a challenge. In this workshop we will discover several ways to engage and inspire parents to appreciate the value of Play and Play Therapy. We will also cover the importance of a parent’s role in the development of a child’s self-concept.  Clinicians often struggle with the effects of a parent’s role in a child’s life. For most children, parents are a source of joy and happiness. However, for others, parents can be the source of much pain and disappointment. In this Workshop we will review the importance of a parent’s role in the formation of a child self-concept and review several ways in which we can Inspire and motivate a parent to realize the positive impact that they have on their child’s life. We will review a theoretical model to help parents understand the importance of playing with their child and the therapeutic value of play itself. A Developmental Model will be used to frame the theoretical orientation with a focus on Filial Therapy skills. Experiential activities will be reviewed to help participants gain a better understanding of the therapeutic powers of play.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify 5 Key people in the development of a child’s Self-Concept
  2. List 3 Relational impacts of Play
  3. Identify Parental Roadblocks to Play and Play Therapy
  4. Describe 3 benefits of Special Play Time with a Parent
  5. List 4 Activities to help Engage Parents In Play
  6. Identify 3 Contraindications of involving a parent in the Play Therapy process


Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S

Therapist, Author, Speaker, & Life Coach. The owner of K.I.D.Z., Inc. a private practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana. During more than 20 years of experience, he has worked in various clinical settings, obtained extensive play therapy training, and crated several therapeutic products. Mr. Riviere offers innovative therapeutic strategies, and is known for his sense of humor and practical techniques.