Work Hard, Play Hard: Understanding the Therapeutic Value and Real Work Within Play Therapy, Wednesday, 6-21-23 (Live Webinar)

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Work Hard, Play Hard: Understanding the Therapeutic Value and Real Work Within Play Therapy

This webinar is live, real-time and interactive. Participants will earn 2 CE Credits. For many states, live, interactive webinars count the same as in person.

Presenter: Sarah Gugluizza, LCSW

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

8:00PM – 10:00PM EDT

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Join Sarah Gugluizza, LCSW as we discuss the importance of play, with special consideration to play in the treatment setting. Practitioners will gain insight on how play is the language of children, the different types of play and what purpose each of them serve; why it’s important for therapy, as well as knowing/using direct versus non direct play; specific play therapy interventions and strategies will also be addressed.


Sarah Gugluizza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of New York and Kentucky, and additionally holds her Psychotherapy R Privilege in NY. Sarah has been working as an LCSW since 2012 and, received her LMSW in 2008. Sarah received her MSW from New York University in 2008 and has worked specifically within the field of clinical social work since graduation. During the first half of Sarah’s career, she worked in an extensive array of psychiatric agencies including the New York State and New York City hospital systems, school-based mental health, psychiatric in-patient pediatric services, intensive day treatment services, community mental health, and has additionally worked as a social worker in early childhood education within NYC’s Department of Education. Sarah has owned her own private psychotherapy practice since November 2014. Though initially opened in Brooklyn on a part-time basis, in 2017, Sarah shifted her practice from part-time to full-time, and established herself in the Hudson Valley. Sarah has worked solely at her practice since 2017 providing outpatient mental health treatment specialized in treating children and adolescents, and maternal mental health. Sarah is certified as a child and family therapist and a certified perinatal mental health therapist. In 2020, amidst the covid-19 pandemic, Sarah expanded her services from an individual to a group practice model, and Rising Lotus Counseling was born. Sarah currently has a staff of 4 team members that she oversees including 3 social workers, and a licensed creative art therapist. Sarah continues to work for herself in her practice, providing therapy services for clients, supervisory services for her staff, and administrative responsibilities to maintain her business. Rising Lotus Counseling has become a very well-known practice in its location as one of the few agencies there that directly services youth, provides play and art therapy, and specifically treats maternal mental health conditions. While running Rising Lotus Counseling, Sarah has also been an adjunct professor for several of New York’s top social work programs since 2017 including Adelphi University, Columbia University, and Fordham University. Sarah developed and built out her teaching materials for a combined total of 13 academic courses that she has taught for those schools, as well as served in the roles of supervising MSW students as a field supervisor, task supervisor, and field instructor. Sarah engages fellow social workers by providing monthly continuing education webinars through the organization and consultation work to fellow clinicians, schools, and agencies. Her virtual workshops have included presentations on Understanding Play and Play Therapy, Understanding Grief Responses in Children and Adolescents, Understanding Complicated Grief and Complicated Topics Impacting Grief for Children, and Bullying. Sarah also co-developed and facilitated a day-long training workshop on Race and Privilege alongside a fellow teacher for Woodstock Day School, a well-known progressive private school in Ulster County. Sarah has been interviewed as an expert in her field relating to parenting, child development and maternal mental health. She also served as an expert consultant for Maven Health in 2020-2021, partnering with members of their Content Development Team as they built out their platform for parents and families. Her work there can be seen on supporting parents with tools to understand stages in child development and when to be concerned, coaching parents on strategies for skill-building, and easy therapeutic interventions parents could do with their children under various circumstances. She also worked with them on developing content on specific childhood diagnoses: ADHD, Depression, Anxiety; and common parenting struggles with temper tantrums, frustration tolerance, and adjustments and transitions. When Sarah is not working, she is spends her time with her husband and three young girls, and is working on publishing her first children’s book.


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Learning objectives – Participants will gain enhanced insight surrounding:

  • Importance of play, with special consideration to play in the treatment setting
  • Insight on how play is the language of children, the different types of play and the purposes they serve, and how they are important for therapy
  • Direct versus non direct play; specific play therapy interventions and strategies.

This presentation is open to:

  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services

and is beneficial for:

  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.

CE You LLC #1573 is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 3/27/2021 – 3/27/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437

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