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The Power of Relationships: Play Therapy with 0-5

Date:   TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD


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Training Description:

This workshop will discuss the importance and the power of relationships especially for youth and families involved in the welfare/probation systems. This workshop will discuss the importance of attachment through the 0-5 years and how that impacts ongoing relationships. This workshop will address what it is that relationships need in order to thrive. Additionally, this workshop will provide experiential activities in order to practice reflective listening and empathic responding with clients during nonverbal communication in play. Participants will also learn about the importance of parallel process in therapy and learn specific interventions for co-regulation as well as self-regulation in order to help improve relationships between clients and their caregivers. This training is relevant to working with youth and families involved in the welfare/probation systems as it provides participants with tools to help youth and their families repair ruptures in attachment.


About the Trainer:

Cristal Alvarado is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with an MA in Counseling Psychology and Correctional Emphasis. She currently works with at-risk youth and Hayward families at the Hayward Police Department. Cristal previously worked with First Five in East San Jose and has been practicing play therapy since 2017. Cristal provides play therapy trainings centered on culture to agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.


**All instructors and staff declare that they have no known conflicts of interest.*


Educational Goals: 

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to: 

  • Use family play time to assess for strengths and needs. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to use reflective listening and empathic responding. 

  • Use self-regulation activities to help youth and families regulate.



  • Implement at least 3 different interventions in order to assess the relationship between caregiver and child.

  • Identify 3 general categories for play observation and apply at least 2 skills from each category in order to effectively observe a play observation.

  • Identify at least 4 needs in a relationship at various developmental stages that can improve the caregiver-child relationship.


Target Audience:

This is an introductory course designed for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, pre-licensed associates, and graduate mental health students.



To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at



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Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form and passing of a post-test. Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.



Full refund if canceled 45 days before training, minus $50 administrative fee; after that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list. Participants may cancel via If a course must be cancelled, the course participants are notified via email no later than one week in advance. In the event that an instructor has an emergency and must cancel a course with less than a week notice, participants will me notified immediately via email and include information regarding a rescheduled date.




Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit, for LMFTs, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Cristal Alvarado is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #10003384) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LCSW;s, LPCC;s, and LEP's. Cristal Alvarado maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.



9:00 Introductions

9:15 Guided Meditation

9:20 pm – Attachment

9:30 - Assessments

10:30 am – BREAK (15 mins – not eligible for CEU credit)

10:45 pm – Reflective Listening

11:20 – Watch, Wait, Wonder

11:35 - Co Regulation Activities

12:00 – Self Regulation Activities

The Power of Relationships: Play Therapy with 0-5

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