Moving Stories Level 2: Play Therapy Intensive

Moving Stories

August 15-17, 2011

18 CEU’s

(APT Provider 04-144)

Perry, Maine
Learn: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Explore and Reflect in the remote calm of Maine

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$495 (plus $25 materials fee)

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Program Description

Beautiful Perry, Maine

Beautiful Perry, Maine

This is an experientially-based workshop for individuals who have completed Moving Stories Level 1 training or the equivalent training. It will provide an in-depth study of how to use Moving Stories within a variety of theoretical play therapy orientations.  Moving Stories play therapy skills of listening, joining and documenting the play will be practiced.  The Moving Stories play therapy method is an intermodal expressive arts approach that integrates –story, sandtray and play therapy.

Therapeutic stories are told with the aid of a Moving Stories kit and a sandtray as the “theater”. Moving Stories kits are baskets or decorated boxes that contain miniatures/symbols that are used to tell the story. Individual clients, families, groups or classes from pre-school age to old age are then invited to reflect upon the stories followed by an invitation to respond in their own creative way. The method can be utilized by a wide range of theoretical orientations that permit some directive interaction on the part of the therapist.  The workshop is designed to be both instructive and personally meaningful.


This workshop is designed for the helping professional (e.g. School Counselor, Social Worker, Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor) with some experience or interest in play therapy and sandtray therapy. The Moving Stories play therapy method is particularly useful for those working with children and in school systems. Skills will be applicable to individual, family, group and classroom contexts.


  1. Participants will experience the power of play, sandtray and story through their own experience with the Moving Stories play therapy method.
  2. Participants will learn how to integrate the Moving Stories play therapy method within a range of play therapy theories.
  3. Participants will practice  non-directive and directive play therapy skills needed in the Moving Stories play therapy method.
  4. Participants will practice selecting, presenting, joining, and documenting a Moving Story within a play therapy theory.


Susanne Carroll Duffy, Psy.D., RPT-S, is a clinical psychologist and Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and APT CE Provider. Dr. Duffy works at Pleasant Point Reservation and in Private Practice in rural Maine, primarily doing individual and family therapy with children, assessments, and consultation to area schools and Head Start. Emerging from this experience and play with her own children, Dr. Duffy created the Moving Stories play therapy method, kits and Wonder Room.  This workshop is the second level of her Moving Stories Method and Play Therapy Training Series.  She will be presenting at several conferences this year.  Dr. Duffy is a past board member of the Maine Association for Play Therapy and served on the faculty  of Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars.

Program Agenda

Monday: Play Therapy Theories

9-11: Experience the Moving Stories Play Therapy Method

11-12:  Moving Stories within various Play Therapy Theories

Lunch Provided

1-4:   Moving Stories within various Play Therapy Theories

Tuesday: Hearing the Play

9-12: Demonstration/Practicing child-centered play therapy skills in response to the child’s play response to the story


1-4: Demonstration/Practicing directive play therapy interventions in response to the child’s play response to the story

Wednesday: Putting it All Together

9-12: Practice telling, joining and documenting Moving Stories play therapy method


1-4: Practice telling,  joining and documenting Moving Stories play therapy method .

Continuing Education

Certificates of Attendance will be awarded at the completion of the program. 6 contact hours can be earned a day, totaling 18 CEU’s for three days.  The workshop is approved by the Maine Board of Social Workers for 18 continuing education hours. Per the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, approval is not required for CEU’s. Hours are accruable for persons seeking hours towards registration/maintenance as play therapists (Association for Play Therapy Provider 04-144). With enough notice, we will apply to your board and state for CEU’s. By The Sea Seminars remains responsible for the workshop.

Location and Directions

The workshop will be held in Dr. Carroll Duffy’s Wonder Room which houses the Moving Stories Library.  It is located at 594 Shore Rd.,  Perry, ME (207-214-2117). Take Route 1 to Shore Rd. in Perry. Turn right on Shore Rd. if you are going North and left if you are going South on Route 1. It is across from the Friendly Restaurant. Go approximately 3 miles.  It is a cape on the left-hand side of the road.

Lodging and Touring

Free lodging is available near the workshop for a limited number of people.  Please contact Dr. Duffy (207-214-2117) if you would like more details.  The Downeast Coastal Maine region offers the magnificence of the rocky Maine coast, as well as the peace and calm of the rural Maine lake country. Just 15 minutes away from the workshop you can enjoy the coastal island city of Eastport where there are restaurants, shops, trails, and places to hike and a ferry to Canadian Islands (bring a passport). There are a number of options for lodging in Eastport. Right in Perry, Maine there are cottages on Boyden Lake. Please contact Dr. Duffy if you need assistance in making a choice.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for cancellations, however credit may be used towards a future workshop.


Limited to 6 participants


$495 plus a $25 materials fee ($100 discount if registered by June 7th)


A Camera to take pictures of your Moving Stories. Also, bring a passport so that you can enjoy the many adventures available in nearby Canada.


Call (207) 214-2117 or email