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In-Person Seminar

Tele-Play Therapy: Techniques to Help Kids Increase Trust & Safety, Unlock Emotions, Ignite Imagination and Boost Resilience

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT
Full Day
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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Tele-health with kids…impossible? Actually, the kids I’ve been providing telehealth for have been the most engaged, creative, and enthusiastic clients that I work with… Kids delight in the excitement of play, and not even a screen can stop their vivid imaginations!

The screen acts as a safe container to connect with children and families in a way that “zooms” into their lives and homes, to deepen our understanding of their world and creates a platform to elevate and sustain engagement. I’ll show you how through the screen, you can help kids form healthy attachments, attunement and regulation using the therapeutic powers of play. Some of the theories will include: child-centered play therapy, Theraplay©, nature-based play therapy and cognitive behavioral play therapy.

Join me, Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S, to see how seamlessly play therapy translates on the screen, in a webinar filled with developmentally appropriate, fun, play-based interventions to rewire the brain and create a sense of trust and safety in the child’s world. Through tele-play therapy, children learn how to interact with the world around them, communicate with others, problem solve, discover emotions and empathy, ignite their vivid imagination and much, much more! It has opened us to a new virtual platform where our therapeutic play space can continue to live on.

This program will offer a fresh outlook leaving you and your clients hopeful, encouraged and inspired! Register Today!

Things to have on hand: playdough or clay, journal, blank paper, colored pencils or markers



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live event. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether live activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.


This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Pennsylvania Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education clock hours for Pennsylvania Counselors. The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling that are approved by the National Association of Social Workers (49 Pa. Code S.49.36). This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #) for 6.0 continuing education contact hours. 


This course is designed to qualify towards your professional development requirement. The course is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Pennsylvania Educators & School Personnel

6.0 ACT 48 Hours will be made available through Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU). Those requesting ACT 48 Hours will need to follow the extra steps during the evaluation process and provide their Pennsylvania Certification Number in order to be reported to the board. Only those individuals who have a CAIU online account are eligible to receive ACT 48 Hours

Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the activity advertisement, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Pennsylvania Marriage & Family Therapists

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at This intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc.  is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02218. This Distance Learning-Interactive is offered at .625  CEUs Intermediate, OT Service Delivery.


Play Therapists

PESI, Inc. is an APT Approved Provider 05-165. Full attendance at this program will qualify for 6.0 non-contact hours. Play therapy credit may only be awarded to mental health professionals.

Pennsylvania Psychologists

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education credit hours for Pennsylvania Psychologist. The Pennsylvania Board of Psychology, 41.59(d)(3) confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to psychology from providers approved by the American Medical Association (AMA). This live activity is certified for a maximum of 6.0 <i>AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™</i> by PESI as an accredited ACCME provider authorized to award credit by the AMA. PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Psychologists & Physicians

Physicians: PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists: The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists


This live course is offered for 06 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live webcast if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.

Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.


Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.

Social Workers (NASW)

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886759332-8704) for 6.0 continuing education contact hours in Social Work.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 380 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



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Main Line Play Therapy

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S, is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist. She is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Ardmore, PA. Tammi is an international speaker and play advocate. She is a certified trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a certified FirstPlay® practitioner, trained in level one Theraplay® and EMDR. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy have been published an internationally recognized. Her Facebook community is internationally recognized for her resources and interventions that are shared with teachers, parents, clinicians and other professionals. She specializes in attachment, sandtray play therapy & sensory integration working with children, families, and adults of all ages. Tammi is the author of an attachment-based multisensory story titled, Casey's Greatness Wings: Teaching Mindfulness, Connection and Courage to Children. For more information on Tammi's publications and work, visit her website at


Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Tammi Van Hollander is the owner of Main Line Therapy, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-Financial: Tammi Van Hollander is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

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Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a 60 minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.

Facility Details

This facility requires face coverings for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. As COVID-19 policies are subject to change, please contact the facility for the most up to date information.


  1. Compose ways to explain telehealth to parents and how to prepare for play therapy sessions.
  2. Determine how the therapeutic powers of play attribute to effectiveness of play therapy interventions.
  3. Design ways play therapy techniques, such as hide and seek, can be used to form healthy attachments with the family in a tele-play therapy setting.
  4. Develop the skills needed to teach parents and caregivers how to play with their child and how to make it a part of their daily play therapy routine.
  5. Demonstrate the three stands of the Nurtured Heart Approach® and the power of resetting for clinicians and clients.
  6. Apply bibliotherapy and storytelling to offer a safe psychological distance from problems and to how it can be used as a teaching tool to explain current events.


Grounding Self Reflection Exercise

The Therapist and Parent Relationship: Building Alliance

  • Parent coaching and support
  • Intro to Nurtured Heart Approach®
    • How to implement with treatment team
    • Greatness interventions to use with clients and families

Intake for Telehealth – Family and Child Assessment

  • Explaining Teleheath to parents
  • Pros and cons of tele-play therapy
  • Four-part Intake process
  • Demonstration and experiential of family intake session
  • Family play assessments: Group activity

Play Therapy for Healthy Attachments, Attunement and Regulation

  • Neuroscience of attachment
  • Attachment-based family interventions
  • Play-based interventions to help children regulate mind and bodies

Helping Kids Creatively Navigate Current Events

  • Bibliotherapy: Suggested books to use therapeutically
  • Story-telling, music, and videos as a tool to teach current events
  • Helping parents and therapists when children ask hard questions

Creative Tele-Play Therapy Interventions -Therapeutic powers of play

  • Sensory play
  • Mindfulness play therapy
  • Theraplay
  • Nature-based play therapy
  • CBT play therapy
  • Greatness activities
  • A toolbox full of resources for play-based virtual activities

Final Activity

  • Self-care mindmap

Benefits/Challenges/Scope of Practice

Target Audience

  • Play Therapists
  • School Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Educators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Psychologists

What Should Attendees Bring

  • Playdough or clay, journal, blank paper, colored pencils or markers



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 4


Ayanna S

"Great course and instructor/instruction!"

Lucinda B

"I appreciated Tammi's attention to questions, but she almost gave too much attention to questions. I was disappointed the last part was rushed for the last exercise."


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