PQ Story Play® Level 1 & 2
7-day course will be for PTUK/PTI Certified PlayTherapists Along with the
seven-day workshop, there will be on-line assignments for participants to
Dr. Joyce Mills, Ph.D. LMFT, LLC
Creative Solutions for Positive Change, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, is a nationally and internationally
recognised storyteller, keynote presenter, workshop leader, consultant, trauma
specialist, and programme developer for health-care, psychological,
educational, and community organisations. Founder of The StoryPlay® Center, Dr.
Mills is the recipient of the 1997 Play Therapy International Award for
outstanding career contributions to the field of Play Therapy and Child
Psychology. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Registered Play
Therapy Supervisor, Dr. Mills is the author and co-author of seven books
including the award-winning Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child
Within, Reconnecting to the Magic of Life, Sammy the Elephant and Mr. Camel,
Gentle Willow, and Little Tree.
Definition of StoryPlay®
StoryPlay® is a multi-cultural,
resiliency-based, indirective Play Therapy model that draws upon the natural
inner resources, skills, and strengths of each child, adolescent, adult or
family member to generate healing, growth, and change. StoryPlay® is founded
upon the principles of Milton H. Erickson, Indigenous teachings, and the
innovative approaches of Dr. Joyce Mills. With the power and spirit of
therapeutic storytelling and play at its centre, each element of the StoryPlay®
approach provides participants with play therapy, hands-on, creative tools for
working with difficult or traumatized clients using their favoured treatment
modality or philosophy.
Using the twelve modules of the StoryPlay® Foundations
training manual, this seven day course teaches the six roots, key elements, and
essentials of the StoryPlay® model, including therapeutic metaphors,
storytelling, story-crafts, sensory synchronicity, artistic, living metaphors,
and therapeutic rituals and ceremonies. Award-winning Founder and author, Dr.
Mills shows how StoryPlay® can be effectively utilized with specialized
populations or situations, such as natural and man-made disasters, PTSD, abuse,
ADHD, attachment, grief and loss; and various treatment modalities: i.e. play,
family, individual, group therapy, sand tray, expressive art and movement.
Participants will also be
required to complete assignments on-line demonstrating their ability to develop
a treatment plan utilising therapeutic storytelling, artistic, story crafts,
living metaphors, and therapeutic rituals and ceremonies.
Level I & II for APAC
Taught by Joyce C.
Mills, StoryPlay® Founder*
(2) choices regarding how to proceed after attending the 7 days of StoryPlay® training:
- You decide not to go any further and use the skills
learnt in your play therapy
sessions. You will receive your Provisional Certificate but if you decide not to continue you can ask the office for a
7-day attendance certificate.
order to receive a Level II – StoryPlay Practitioner Certificate you need to
commit yourself to 10 individual Skype supervision sessions with Joyce showing how you are
implementing the StoryPlay model in your practice. The minimum time in which
this can be done is 10 months; i.e, one
supervision session per month or you can negotiate with Joyce to do the 10 sessions over a longer period. Also
you need to do a group Skype once every 3
months. Arrangements made by Joyce. You pay Joyce directly for these sessions.
Level III - Qualification: In order to be
considered to go on to Level III – StoryPlay Facilitator Training, all assignments and supervision
requirements must be fulfilled. Level III Facilitator Training is a separate
training and supervision. Once you fulfil Level III course requirements you can then, under guidance
of Joyce, start teaching StoryPlay.
Mentoring is part of this training.
- Module One: The Six Roots of StoryPlay;
- Module Two: Philosophy and Essential Elements;
- Module Three: Trans-cultural Wisdom and Healing
- Module Four: Two Paradigms for Transformational
- Module Five: Breathing and Relaxation Exercises.
- Module Six: Indirect Suggestions –
Developing and delivering healing messages
- Module Seven:
Therapeutic Metaphors: Storytelling, Nature as Co-Storyteller, Building Bridges
from first session; Exercises: Developing & Utilizing real life & made
up/myth stories. Integration of Indirect Suggestions within storyline.
- Module Eight: Sensory Synchronicity: The Sensory
Language of the Child.
Recognizing Sensory Preferences
during play therapy session; Retrieving and using blocked sensory systems (out
of conscious). Exercises demonstrating conscious, unconscious and out of
conscious sensory systems. Emphasis will be on recognition and utilization.
Exercises include Integration of sensory elements within storyline.
- Module Nine: Artistic Metaphors: Inner Resource
Drawings; Resource Board Game; Pathway to Success Map.
- Module 10: StoryCrafts – Natural Healing
Activities for Individual, family, classroom, and community healing.
- Module Ten (continued): completing
- Module 11: Living Metaphors;
- Module Twelve: Creating Therapeutic Rituals and
Ceremonies for Transformational Healing
- Therapeutic Metamorphosis: Braiding it All
Together: Participants will be asked to braid together the elements of
- Storytelling Metaphors
- Sensory Synchronicity
- Artistic Metaphors
- Living Metaphors
- Therapeutic Rituals and Ceremonies
- Putting StoryPlay Into Play: Through review,
exercises, group participation, and coaching, participants will be given an
opportunity to integrate each element they have learned into their particular
practice or program.
Course Hours: Total required: Level 1 – 30; Level 2 – 72 = 102 (face to face and on-line contact)
Assignments for combined courses Level I and Level
II will be on-line as follows:
- Participants will be required to complete the
Learning Guide questions at the end of each module (300 words for each of the
questions approximately 1 – 2 pages double spaced)
- Participants will choose one of their cases, redact
information for confidentiality and describe in writing how they have
implemented the StoryPlay® model into their work (approximately 3 pages double
1 – A Real Life and Made Up/Myth Storytelling Metaphor showing how they:
Sensory descriptive words
2 – Choose one StoryCraft and one Artistic metaphor that would be applicable
for the chosen case – approximately 1 page each double spaced.
3 - Participants will write-up a Living Metaphor and a Therapeutic
Ritual/Ceremony that would be applicable for their chosen case approximately
one page each double spaced. This
written assignment will be typed, double spaced and approximately 5 – 7 pages
- Participants will be required to submit a written
monthly check in on line describing how they have been using the StoryPlay® modules
with their clients or in their programmes.
Course Fee: £910
Venue : Beaumont
Estate, Burfield Road, Old Windsor SL4 2JJ
The Course will run from 9 am to
5 pm with lunch and refreshments provided during the day
Dates and prices are correct at the time of
printing but may be subject to change.
Please check with the APAC Ltd. office on 01825
761143 before booking.
Dates and prices are correct at the time
of printing but may be subject to change.
Please check with the APAC Ltd. office on
01825 761143 before booking.
Individual - 1 x month for 10 months @ £40/hr./participant – these fees are paid by participants directly to the
StoryPlay Account. Supervision arrangements
are made directly with StoryPlay.
Groups of four – 4 x a year @ £80/per groups of 4. Group interaction is required once a month.(every 3 months)
Focus will be on applying the StoryPlay model
to include various and relevant topics such as child abuse, attachment, trauma, grief, challenging children,
adolescents, and families.
Any reference to “supervision” only applies to the StoryPlay®
model of training. It does not involve or represent ethical or legal
responsibility for any cases discussed by participants. Participants are
responsible for maintaining the highest of ethical standards as they are deemed
to provide by their respective licensing boards as well as their own
malpractice insurance according to PTI/APAC requirements.
- Mills, J.C. & Crowley, R.J. (2014) Therapeutic
Metaphors for Children and the Child Within:
Taylor/Francis/Routledge: Philadelphia, PA
- Mills, J.C. (1997/2004) Reconnecting
to the Magic of Life: Imaginal Press: Phoenix, AZ
- Burnes, G.W. (2007) Healing
with Stories: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ
- Mills, J. (2003). Little Tree:
A story for children with serious medical problems: Magination Press:
- Mills, J. (2004) Gentle Willow:
A story for children about dying).: Magination Press, Washington, DC
- Mills, J.C. &
Crowley, R.J. (1988/2005) Sammy the
Elephant & Mr. Camel:
A story to help children overcome bedwetting.
Magination Press: Washington, DC
- Short, D. Erickson, B.A. & Erickson, R.K. (2009.
Hope & Resiliency. Crown House Publishing