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San Diego District Meeting

  • Thursday, February 06, 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Jewish Family Services of San Diego 8804 Balboa Ave, San Diego 92123


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California Society for Clinical Social Work

San Diego District


Catherine Dickerson, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist

Play Therapy- Answering Children's Cry for Help


When:         Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Where:        Jewish Family Services of San Diego

                         8804 Balboa Ave, San Diego 92123

Cost:            CSCSW members can earn 1.5 CE credits at no cost. Non-member LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs may earn 1.5 CE credits for a nominal fee of $15. Free to audit. PCE#1.


Children “misbehave” all the time, and adults are constantly challenged to redirect or correct them. But that “misbehavior” is often the way children tell adults that they have a problem, and need help. It’s as if they are speaking to us in code. In the rush to teach children how to behave properly, adults frequently miss important information from the children in their care.

Children very much want to tell adults when they have a problem; they want our understanding and our help in solving it. Play therapy offers children a place to speak in the code of play as loudly and boldly as they need to. Trained play therapists understand that children are not “just playing,” but communicating their experiences, thoughts, emotions and needs. In play therapy, therapists can help children to solve their problems and regain a sense of personal power, well-being and self-control.


Goals and Objectives:

1) Describe 4 unique benefits of play therapy for children.

2) Identify 8 play metaphors and materials used to the express them.


About the Presenter:


Catherine Dickerson, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist specializing in therapy for children ages 12 and under and their families in private practice in Solana Beach, California. CLICK HERE to visit her website.

She uses a broad array of play therapy approaches to allow children to explore and master their pain, fears and worries at their own pace and in their own way, while modeling for parents effective techniques to understand and effectively communicate with their children. During the therapy process, children and parents also identify and develop impressive strengths and abilities, and more loving and respectful relationships. 

She has given parenting workshops since responding to requests from the parents of her Montessori students over 20 years ago. She currently teaches P.E.T. in Solana Beach. 

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5hrs of CE credit for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs as required by the CA BBS. PCE #1

Everyone is welcome. We especially encourage MSW students to attend. For more information, contact Ros Goldstein, LCSW  goldsiegel@gmail.com or 619-692-4038 Ext 3. Please RSVP.

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