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Play Therapy for School-Related Anxiety, School Phobia, and School Refusal

Play Therapy for School-Related Anxiety, School Phobia, and School Refusal
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Online Self-Study
Downloadable e-book of course slides, a downloadable certificate of completion, and course video(s).


This workshop will provide an overview of School- Related Anxiety and School Refusal and introduce participants to play therapy techniques that are effective in assessing for and addressing this complex and increasingly common issue. 

This is a non-interactive self-study course. and was recorded from a live webinar presented by Kris Marowski on August 20, 2021.

Instruction consists of 3 hours of video instruction and a post-test.

Upon completion of this training professionals will be able to do the following:

  • Understand terms that may be utilized by other professionals and/or parents to describe what is “seen” at home or in school (and what you may observe in the play room while providing play therapy services) when school related anxiety/phobia/refusal is the presenting “problem”
  • Distinguish risk factors and early warning signs, related to school anxiety/phobia/refusal, the MH Professional may become aware of during a play therapy assessment or in the course of providing play therapy services
  • Name the DSM-5 Diagnoses most commonly associated with school-related anxiety/phobia/refusal 
  • Develop a lived, clinical perspective for what’s occurring for the child and family receiving play therapy services when school anxiety/phobia/refusal is the presenting “problem”
  • Identify questions to ask during a play therapy screening call and intake
  • Develop a conceptual frame for information gathered during an assessment for play therapy
  • Learn at least one play therapy assessment method that will assist clinicians in creating an effective treatment plan to address symptoms associated with school related anxiety/phobia/refusal 
  • Receive an introduction to practices that facilitate stability, regulation, and connection in your play therapy practice
  • Identify at least 3 play therapy techniques to facilitate security, regulation, and connection in play therapy to create stability for the child and family

Course Availability

From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.


Kris Marowski, M.Ed., LPC, RPT-S, ACS, CCMHC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She has worked with children, adolescents and families for over 16 years, providing play therapy, individual counseling, and family counseling. She specializes in working with children that have survived trauma. Kris has extensive experience working with children whose parents are separated or are divorcing, who serve in the military and/or who are first responders. Kris offers parents specific, tangible skills that they can utilize at home to create desired changes and connect with their children in a more meaningful way. She practices primarily from a child-centered perspective, incorporating Jungian, Existential, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches to increase the effectiveness of counseling. She provides a safe, supportive environment where parents, children, and adolescents can process through difficult life experiences and develop a sense of mastery over them.

Kris completed her Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Psychology from Elmira College in 1999 and earned a Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed) in Counseling and Human Development with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College in 2005. She went on to become credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) while completing her Play Therapy certification. Kris is currently working toward becoming a Sandplay Practitioner through Sandplay Therapists of America.

CE Hours

Credit Hours: This course consists of 3 continuing education hours of credit.

Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals & graduate students in a mental health program.

Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0048.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations.  You can check with your board to determine if your licensing board would accept this course.

Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, 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: 05/02/2024 – 05/02/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits.

Telehealth Certification Institute, 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-0435.

Play Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC has been approved as a continuing education provider by the Association for Play Therapy: APT Approved Provider 21-633. Per the Association for Play Therapy (APT), play therapy training may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. APT alone holds the right to accept or deny any continuing education training at its discretion. This course qualifies as 3 non-contact continuing education Play Therapy credit.

Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits, effective 2/9/2022. NAADAC Provider #193104, Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0128.

Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0093.

Other Professionals: This course qualifies for 180 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

This is a non-interactive, self-study course.

How to Complete the Course and Earn Your Certificate

To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.

To complete an Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the modules, complete and pass the post-test(s), and complete the course evaluation.

A grade of at least 80% or more is required to pass the post-test. Retaking the post-test is possible until the participant is able to pass the test.

Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked but not required to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.

You can download or print your certificate of completion by logging into your account, navigating to the course by selecting the My Courses option from the menu items, clicking the Course Title, scrolling to the Certificate of Completion section, and clicking on the Certificate of Completion link to either download it or print it.

Participants may request a printed version of their certificate of completion to be delivered by mail. A shipping/handling fee of $6.95 will be charged per request. Shipping internationally may require an additional charge.

Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.

Course Policies

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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Cancellation Policy

Refunds are offered within the first 30 days for courses which have not been completed.  There is a 10% service fee for refunds.

Grievance Policy

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Who Should Attend and Practice Level

This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.

Practice level: Intermediate

Teaching Methods

This is a non-interactive self-study course. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.

This course was recorded 8/20/21

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