A Multi-Sensory Approach to Social Emotional Learning: The Moving Stories Play Therapy Method for Schools

February 11, 2019

8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Location: Cobscook Learning Center, Trescott, ME

Cost: $125


Registration and Payment: 


The Moving Stories Play Therapy Method provides a relationship-based, multi-sensory approach to teach social-emotional learning in the school setting. It is particularly helpful for children experiencing stress or trauma or with developmental delays. Through the power of story and play, students engage more enthusiastically in learning, enhance emotional awareness and regulation, increase positive feelings about school, improve relationships and self-concept, and find creative ways to express their feelings.  This will be an experiential and playful workshop.


  1. 1. Participants will understand how social emotional learning is enhanced using a multi-sensory and playful approach.
  2. 2. Participants will experience the 8 steps in the Moving Stories Play Therapy Method.
  3. 3. Participants will practise using the Moving Stories Play Therapy Method.
  4. 4.  Participants will learn about resources for stories and ongoing supports in using the Moving Stories Play Therapy Method in schools.


Sue Carroll Duffy, Psy.D., RPT-S is a clinical psychologist and Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. She is the creator of the Moving Stories Play Therapy Method. Dr. Duffy works for the TREE Program at Charlotte Elementary School and with the Passamaquoddy tribe at the Pleasant Point Health Center. She presents locally, nationally and internationally, is author to two book chapters and a series of therapeutic stories available through By The Sea Seminars. Finding Diamonds, her most recent publication is a picture book that encourages a child’s relationship to nature and builds self-acceptance.


8:30: Check-in/Introductions/Overview of the day

9:00-10:00: Moving Stories Play Therapy Method in the school setting.

10-11:30: Experience the Moving Stories Play Therapy Method

11:30-12:00: Quick tips for each of the steps in the method

12:00-1:00 Lunch provided by the TREE Program/Browsing for Stories

1:00-2:00: Make a Moving Stories kit and lesson plan

2:00-3:30: Do the Moving Stories Play Therapy Method in small groups

3:30-4:00: Group Reflection/Questions/Resources

4:00-4:30 Evaluations


This workshop provides 6 APT CEU’s or Contact Hours. Partial hours are not permitted. By The Sea Seminars (APT Approved Provider #04-144)  takes full responsibility for this workshop. Per the Maine Licensed Professional Counselors Board and Maine Board of Social Work , it is up to the individual to decide if the program enhances his/her professional competence.


This workshop is designed for school personnel (teachers, trauma coaches, school counselors), or others in the mental health field working with children.


$125 (Pre-registration required).  Need-based scholarships available, space permitting.


As this is an experiential workshop, the size will be limited to 15.

Cancellation Policy:

Refund of 50% provided with 24 hours notice.

Location Address:

Cobscook Learning Center,
10 Commissary Point Road
Trescott TWP, ME 04652

Phone: (207) 733-2233

What to Bring:

A shoe box, 10 objects (for example: animals, people, houses, rocks, trees)


E-mail: bythesea@roadrunner.com

APT Approved Provider #04-144

By The Sea Seminars, PO Box 177, Perry, ME  04667
(207) 214-2117