Kids Workshop

Center for Studies of the Person Master Series

Kids Workshop

December 11th & 12th, 2021

9AM – 12PM PDT.


This workshop provides an overview of how Barbara and Heather use the person centered approach in working with children. They will also describe the Kids’ Workshop™ that they developed. The Kids’ Workshop builds up on the principles of humanistic psychology, including Carl Rogers, Virginia Satir, and Virginia Axline.


Workshop Description

This workshop presented by Barbara and Heather Williams will explore the person centered approach and play therapy. With their own developed philosophy, they build upon the principles of humanistic psychology developed by Carl Rogers, Virginia Satir, and Virginia Axline. Their work focuses on the deep respect for a child and the child’s wisdom.

This workshop is particularly helpful in this moment in time. It is a wonderful resource for people working with children in areas such as, therapy, teaching, counseling, day care or anyone in the medical or mental health profession. The workshop will demonstrate how to work with children in different cultures around the world.

We believe that children have the qualities of empathy, trust, acceptance and congruency  from the time that they are born.  With nurturing and support they can bring these qualities out and express and keep them as they grow.  When children can express these qualities they have high self-confidence and are resilient.  Our work focuses on the deep respect for a child and the child’s wisdom.

The workshop will give you ways to help a child trust you. It will give you tools to be able to use with that child to help them to express themselves and anything that is bothering them and ways to work that out. All of this can be done in a way that the child enjoys and feels secure.

A Certificate of attendance will be given upon completion of this workshop.


  • Participants will be able to gain knowledge of a person centered approach and philosophy in working with children.
  • Participants will be able to begin integrating the person centered qualities within themselves.
  • Participants will have knowledge of different play therapy tools and they will be able to use them.
  • Participants will be able to identify three different person centered qualities that are helpful in working with children.
  • Participants will have knowledge of what the Kids’ Workshop™ and Kids’ Workshop Training Program is.
  • Participants will be able to discuss ways to encourage children’s natural appreciation of differences.
  • Participants will be able to discuss how they can play a role in helping children to gain and keep high self-confidence and resilience.
  • Participants will have opportunity for more training.

Course Outline

  • Clarify student and faculty objectives.
  • Background and philosophy of Carl Rogers, Virginia Satir and Virginia Axline and our own work.
  • Go through the person centered qualities showing the importance of these qualities in working with children and in play therapy. Examples and activities will be presented for each of these qualities.
  • These activities will be interactive.
  • The Kids’ Workshop™ and the Kids’ Workshop Training Program will be described.
  • A 25 minute video will be shown that demonstrates how the person centered qualities and play therapy tools can be used across cultures.
  • Play therapy tools will be introduced with interactive activities. Paper and markers to draw with will be needed for these activities.
  • List of other play therapy tools that are helpful and the importance of the environment will be introduced.
  • A 40 minute PowerPoint will be presented describing our Philosophy and the Kids’ Workshop.
  • Throughout the workshop there will be time for questions and discussion.
  • Closing ceremony: Navajo poem, May You Walk in Beauty.


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