Getting Unstuck: Play Therapy for Children and Teens with OCD

Getting Unstuck: Play Therapy for Children and Teens with OCD

Fall 2018-2019 dates to be posted soon!

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is frequently misdiagnosed and often treatments are not consistent with the evidence – which shows that Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) is most effective. Since this treatment asks children to face their fears, it is critical to engage the child and his/her family. Play Therapists are uniquely qualified to help make the treatment tolerable.

You will learn Play therapy techniques to help the child make sense of his/her OCD. We will demonstrate how to create exposures to have the most impact using play therapy. Case examples will help you avoid a common mistake – reinforcing the OCD.  We will discuss the benefits of including the parents as part of the treatment team.

Working with children with OCD using Play therapy is enjoyable and extremely rewarding. Come join us to learn a more effective approach!


  1. Define Obsessive and Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and identify 3 subtypes.
  2. Identify the major assessment tool for OCD (C-YBOCS).
  3. Discuss the importance of play therapy techniques for building rapport and increasing motivation during the treatment of OCD.
  4. Practice 2 play therapy techniques that help children externalize OCD.
  5. Demonstrate at least 3 play therapy techniques for exposure and response prevention treatment (ERP).
  6. State 3 ways parents can participate in treatment and increase successful outcomes.


Presenters:  Meg Clark Soriano, MA, LPC, ACS, RPT-S and Rachel Hutnick, MA, LPC, RPT

Location: Center for Counseling and Education of Medford

66 North Main Street

Medford, NJ 08055

Fee: $100

“APT Approved Provider 15-439”


To register: Call 609-714-8400 or email