Workshops: Intensive Filial Therapy Training*-Oakland, California
Co-sponsored by the Family Enhancement and Play Therapy Center

Thursday through Sunday, January 31-February 3, 2019, 9-5:30 each day
Presenter: Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors and Certified Filial Therapy Trainer
Group is limited to 6 participants
Credits: 27 CE credits
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About the Workshop
Filial Therapy is a highly effective intervention integrating family therapy and play therapy to address child and family problems. Therapists learn how to train and supervise parents as they conduct special child-centered play sessions with their own children (ages 3-12), an approach designed to resolve presenting problems while strengthening the family.

Filial Therapy has been used successfully with many child and family problems: oppositional behaviors, anxiety, depression, abuse/neglect, single parenting, traumatic events, attachment adoption/ foster care, relationship problems, divorce, family substance abuse, family reunification, chronic illness, and others. A research history spanning more than 40 years has consistently shown Filial Therapy to be cost-effective in facilitating positive and long-lasting child and family change. The use of this rela- tively short-term evidence-based approach has increased dramatically worldwide in recent years due to its effective, empowering approach to strengthening families.

Filial Therapy has been used in many settings & in both individual & group format. It has been embraced by many throughout the world because of its respectful and culturally sensitive involvement of parents as partners in the process of family change.

Prerequisite Training
The training works best if participants have prior training & supervised experience in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) & a live introductory workshop or distance learning course in FT, such as the book Filial Therapy & the DVD workshop Intro to FT. Both are available at the Family Enhancement and Play Therapy on line store). Please attach a brief description of your experience. If you have questions about your own background, please call (510-923-0520) or e-mail Karen Pernet ( Karen will be glad to speak with you.

Training Methods
The Intensive Filial Therapy Training Program is limited to 6 participants per training leader to permit extensive skill practice with individualized coaching and feedback. The leaders present brief lectures, live and videotaped demonstrations, case studies, and supervision/feedback to participants as they practice during role plays.

This training is for psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, family therapists, school counselors, & other experienced professionals who work with children and families.

This training program has 27 actual training hours.
9:00-5:30 each day
Post training ongoing group consultation.
Payment plan can be arranged, with prior approval.  

Fees and Cancellations Policy
Fees include 27 hours of training, a manual & delicious refreshments. Lunches are on your own.  For a small additional fee, 3 post training consultation sessions on or off site are available.

  • Regular Registration Fee $985 (after 11/15/18)
    (due 3 weeks prior to guarantee a place)
  • EARLY BIRD Fee $850 (fully paid before 11/15/18)

To Register
Credit card charges through Pay Pal. To register now online and pay by credit card, click on the "buy now" button beneath your applicable registration. To pay by check, please download the brochure above and mail a check to Karen Pernet 3725 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA for your deposit.

Cancellation Policy
Full refund if canceled 60 days before training, minus $50 administrative fee; after that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list.

If you are coming from a distance consider purchasing travel or other insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances!

In the very unlikely event that the workshop must be cancelled or postponed by the organizer, Karen Pernet & Growth through Play Therapy will provide a full refund of the registration fees. Participants will be responsible for their own travel fees, another reason to consider purchasing travel insurance.

Continuing Education
The Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc, is approved by the American Psychological Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors (5732) to offer continuing education credits to psychologists and counselors respectively. It is also approved by the Association for Play Therapy (95-014) to offer continuing education specific to play therapy. This program has also been approved by CA BBS and in some other states for LCSWs and MFTs. Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center follows all CE guidelines and maintains responsibility for this program of 27 CE credits. Partial credit cannot be given.

Karen Pernet, LSCW, RPT-S #23635
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Known for her encouraging and down to earth approach, she has been described as knowledgeable, supportive and playful.

Karen’s training as a play therapist includes a three year internship in Child Centered Play Therapy, intensive training in Gestalt Therapy with children and in sandtray and ongoing training and certification as a Filial Therapist. She uses Filial Therapy in her practice with a wide variety of families: for example, those with adjustment problems; with separation, divorce and step-parenting issues; with attachment and trauma challenges; with adoption, as well as with many other issues.  She is trained in EMDR, is a Certified Gestalt Therapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.  Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she had 15 years experience as a social worker and supervisor in the field of child welfare and child sexual abuse.

“I consider myself very fortunate to work in the field I love.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to combine my life experience and my professional knowledge. My areas of specialty also include trauma, problems of childhood, women’s issues, single parenting, gay and lesbian issues, ethnic/racial/foster and adoption identity issues.”

Quote from a participant: BD LCSW
“I am actually still floating in the clouds since the training-I still can't get over the unbelievable skills that I have acquired…the people that I have been privileged to work with for the four days. (As) you said I feel that I have gained a lot for myself, both within the Filial work & beyond.”

”Great balance between didactic and experiential” “I felt well taken care of”…”Feedback (after roleplays) was excellent-supportive and helpful” ….”It can’t be improved-it was soooo good” “Karen was very attentive to each attendee’s needs and areas of interest”

This workshop and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.