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East Bay District Meeting

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Towne House Wellness Center 629 Oakland Ave, Oakland 94611


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"Filial Therapy: Integrating Family and Play Therapy"


Presented By: Karen Pernet, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor



This workshop will introduce professionals who work with children and families to Filial Therapy. Filial is a well-researched and highly effective psycho-educational, skills training model that integrates the magic of non-directive play therapy and direct parent involvement in the change process. The therapist trains the parent to become the healer of his or her own child in a process which enhances the parent/caregiver and child relationship. The focus is on the present-emphasizing appropriate skills for positive parent/child relationships. There will be a case presentation to demonstrate Filial Therapy.


Goals/ Objectives:

After the session participants will be able to

1. Describe 3 central principles of Filial Therapy

2. Name 3 advantages of Filial Therapy over traditional play therapy or parenting skills training

3.  Describe the four basic skills which are taught to parents in Filial Play Therapy.


About the Presenter:

Karen Pernet, LCSW, RPT-S, has been practicing for over 25 years. In addition to Filial Therapy, she provides psychotherapy, play therapy, and sand tray therapy to people of all ages. She offers trainings in play therapy, Filial Therapy and sandtray therapy as well as clinical consultation & supervision.  She is co-founder of two play therapy training programs: Growth through Play Therapy and Connecting to. Play Therapy. 


This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Members earn credits at no cost. Credits for non-members are $10.00 per unit. All are welcome to attend at no charge (no CEU certificate). MSW students are especially encouraged to attend. 

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