Restoring Hope to Youth in Play: Suicide Assessment, Treatment & Prevention

Friday, May 12th, 2023 – 9am to 4:30pm

Presenters: Leslie Baker, LMFT & Mary Ruth Cross, LMFT

Distance Learning – Via Zoom

This Course Qualifies for the BBS 6 hr Suicide Prevention Requirement

Training Description:

The Centers for Disease Control ranked Suicide the 8th leading cause of death for children 5-11 years old (CDC, 2021). According to the California Department of Public Health and the CDC, suicides among children, adolescents, and young adults ages 5-24 were 6500 in the United States. (California Dept. of Public Health, Death Statistical Master Files & CDC WONDER Online Database, 2021). This demonstrates the need for workshops to train clinicians and school based clinicians to use play to address assessment, treatment, and prevention with play. 

Studies indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with distress, anxiety, fear of contagion, depression, and insomnia in the general population leading to an increase in the mental health crisis. Covid-19 and its variants contributed to the need for play interventions within services, particularly for children with suicidal ideation and suicidal behaviors. Training service providers in play and how to recognize, treat and prevent suicidal behaviors like self-harm, for example, can make a difference in saving lives. Another key aspect of suicide-prevention services is parents, caregivers, and teachers to whom we must provide psychoeducation and training to teach skills so they can also be involved in supporting youth in prevention and healing. 

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2023 June 1-4: We will be teaching a few trainings at the Expressive Summit.
Join us or learn more at….

2023 SCHEDULE – Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute – 2023 (


2023 October 10-15  Annual APT International Conference

Save the date!  Program and registration details will be available in May 2023.


Here is a list of some of our most popular training:

(Date to be announced)

Are you kidding? An Introduction to Play Therapy

Child Centered Play Therapy

Law and Ethics: What Play Therapists and Counselors Need to Know

Playing Around: Integrating Play Into Child Therapy

Playful Expressions In Supervision

Play Therapy Techniques

Relational Sandtray Therapy In the Playroom

Riding the Merry-Go- Round: Navigating Family Relationships Through Play Therapy

And so much more…


All in person course are held at Treeehouse Family Counseling Services from 9:00am to 4:30pm. There are no in person trainings scheduled at this time. 

For more information or inquiries, please contact us:

Mary Ruth Cross

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