Online Courses

Dissociation in Play Therapy – July 30th – Live/Virtual


Dissociation in Play Therapy


This play therapy training is offered Live In-Person and Virtual via Zoom Platform. Dissociation is a disconnect from emotions, body sensations, thoughts, memories, and/or identity. Dissociation in children is often misunderstood due to their complexity with professionals stating “nothing works with them”. In play therapy, dissociation can look like explosive behavior, clients presenting as “shell shocked”, self-injuring behavior, or bizarre mood and personality shifts. Participants will learn how to assess, have conversations in play therapy about dissociation, and demonstrate skills to work with parts of self in the play room.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how to assess for dissociation in children in play therapy
  2. Discuss how to speak to children and parents about parts of self in play therapy
  3. Demonstrate basic parts work interventions in play therapy


Nik has been a private practice counselor at the Center for Counseling and Family Relationships since 2017. He works with children aged (aged 4+), adolescents, and adults, specializing in complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy. Previously Nik worked at an agency in Missouri providing play therapy to children in the foster care system. He offers continuing education to professionals, especially within the topics of working with developmental trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy.