5-Day Oaklander Experience in Malibu

August 10-14, 2015

with special guest: Violet Oaklander, PhD


Training Description

With the sun and sea as our backdrop at the Serra Retreat in Malibu, we will explore the therapeutic use of creative projective techniques and media, such as drawings, clay, sandplay work, music, and puppets.  Designed for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, counselors and other professionals who want to work with children and/or adolescents, our program combines theoretical presentation of the Oaklander Model with practical first-hand experience, small group work, demonstration, and case consultation. Topics include: the therapy process beginning with establishing relationship, and moving on to the issues of contact, strengthening the self, and emotional expression. We’ll delve into how to work with parents, teachers, and other adults who care for and about children and adolescents. The Oaklander Model is effective with a variety of behavioral manifestations and symptoms of children, particularly those related to anger, child abuse, loss and grief, divorce and other life events that effect children and thwart healthy growth.

Continuing Education Units

This course meets the qualitfications for 30 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (PCE3177)


Affordable rooms are available at the Serra Retreat for an additional fee - click here for more information.