Course Description: 

This two hour course is an invitation to examine the current pandemic and its impact on ourselves and our families, both in it’s challenges and in it’s opportunities for transformation and growth. We will take a close look at how this experience has changed the way we live and work as play therapists and counselors; honoring our losses, accepting life as it is now, and discovering how to create a life full of joy, meaning and hope.  We will discuss how to intentionally build consistency and connection and abundant with hope and joy (even when we are doing that outside our family with clients). We (yes WE, meaning us too!) will take a real and honest look at our mistakes, finding humor in our mishaps and using them to shape more informed and empowered parenting and parent-consultation. Together we will leave this experience inspired and ready to incorporate play therapy based parenting principles and life's natural gifts (foundational pillars) into your life, your family and your work as a clinician. Empowered with hope and equipped to build a life of joy and connection at home and at work.    


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

1) Identify three ways parenting during the pandemic has impacted your professional play therapy practice; 2) Adapt play therapy-based parenting skills discussed to identify opportunities for transformation, hope and healing; 3) Describe how the play therapy approach with children can inform parenting practices.

Presented by: 

Jodi Mullen PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-Master and Vanessa Kellner, LCPC, RPT, NCC, RYT


Duration: 2 Hr

Course Curriculum

About the instructor


Jodi Mullen

Dr. Jodi Weinstein Mullen, PhD LMHC NCC RPT-S CCPT-Master is the Director of Integrative Counseling Services in Oswego, Fulton, Cicero, and Auburn, New York. She is on the faculty at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy. Dr. Mullen is a credentialed play therapist and play therapy supervisor. She is the author of several manuscripts on play therapy and supervision. Her books include “Counseling Children and Adolescents through Grief and Loss”(co-authored by Dr. Jody Fiorini)(2006), “Play Therapy Basic Training: A Guide to Learning & Living & the Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy”(2007), “Supervision can be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors” (co-edited with Athena Drewes) (2008), and “How Play Therapists Can Engage Parents & Professionals” (co-authored by June Rickli)(2011). Dr. Mullen is on the editorial board for the international Journal of Play Therapy. She is also the clinical editor of Play Therapy magazine.

About the instructor


Vanessa Kellner

Vanessa received both her master's degree and her post-master's certificate from Johns Hopkins University in 2011. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Maryland and a National Board Certified Counselor for all 50 states in the U.S.  She is also a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT), the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland (LCPCM). In addition to being a licensed therapist, Vanessa is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She offers school-based, individualized and group yoga programs and also incorporates mindfulness strategies and yoga philosophies into her therapeutic work. Vanessa uses a person-centered / holistic approach in her practice, helping clients find freedom from what is weighing them down, so that they can come to see the beauty that is already within them.She is currently specializing in play therapy, seeing children at her private practice located at 770 Ritchie Highway Suite W16, Severna Park, MD 21146.