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The amazing power of Play Therapy has been a catalyst for children's self expression and healing throughout the world.  We know that play gives words to the unspeakable and I feel so honored to have the opportunity to share the healing power of play therapy to support families, kids and therapists across the country.

This past month, I have had the opportunity to present for the Hawaii Assocation For Play Therapy (HAPT) as well as in workshops across Indiana just a few days later!  I want to thank the folks in Hawaii and Indiana for such wonderful Play Therapy Conferences! We all learned so much. It has truly been a pleasure to teach professionals in the field of mental health  who share a similar passion about helping children and families heal from life's bumps and bruises.  Play Therapy really does make a difference!

My upcoming Play Therapy workshop Attachment Centered Play Therapy is scheduled in Salt Lake City on April 22, 2016!  To register and for more information, please go to:  On May 6, 2016 I will be back in Alaska!!  This time on top of the world in Barrow, Alaska presenting The Power of Play: Trauma and Attachment in Children and Adolescents.

If you are a therapist and want to receive training on attachment based play therapy click here for more details.

I've attached a few of my newest blog articles as well as a favorite play therapy technique from my Youtube Channel.  Read below to learn about how your emotions are contagious! Plus, simple tips to how best praise your kids.

Keep on playing! All my best,

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S

Your Emotions Are Contagious!

When we think of someone being contagious, it’s most often in the context of having the cold or the flu.  We know that germs are easy to spread, and we might be susceptible to catching an illness. But did you know that our emotions are contagious, too? Emerging research is showing that the people around us can really influence our feelings.

Click here to read more!

How to Best Praise Our Kids

Praising children has been a staple topic of parenting for a while, and there’s still a lot of different opinions about it. How can we help build our kids’ self-esteem without giving them an inflated ego? What can we say to celebrate their choices and yet, not give the message that their worth is dependent on their accomplishments? Here are some ideas to keep in mind when giving praise.

Happy Thought Pot Intervention

This is a play therapy intervention to explore positive thinking and improving self and family relationships

See Play Therapy Training In Action!

Aloha from the Hawaii Association for Play Therapy!! Such a great day presenting on Attachment Centered Play Therapy!  If you would like to schedule a presentation at a conference click here.
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