Enter the Metaphorical Journey: Inquiry Skills for Therapists

Children’s Therapy Centre – 2 Part Live Online Training Event

Play Therapy Programme

Enter the Metaphorical Journey:

Inquiry Skills for Therapists


Dr. Lorri YasenikPhD, LPC-S, RPT-STM

IACP CPD Approved for 6 IACP CPD Points!

Live Online Training          Dates: 30th March & 6th April 2023             Fee: €120

Join Dr. Lorri Yasenik from the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (Canada) and the International Centre for Children and Family Law (Australia) to explore the importance of inquiry skills in the therapy context.


This six-hour master class, delivered in two 3-hour live online sessions, is ideal training for therapists, and other mental health professionals, who use expressive arts, projective activities and/or sandplay with their clients. Inquiry is an essential skill for practitioners who work with various metaphors represented in art, clay,  sand and other materials. This creative therapy training program will introduce the therapist to an array of questions that may be utilized when engaging with children, youth and adults during an exploration phase of an expressive-based activity. Through the inquiry skills training, therapists will be encouraged to “stay out of the way” of interpretation and instead assist the client to explore their scene or product while remaining in the metaphor.  Course participants will have the opportunity to create their own expressive product(s) and work with a partner to practice a number of inquiries. In pairs and small groups, participants will explore the power of assisting clients to journey through their personal expressions. Participants will also learn how to weave from one part of an art product or sand scene to another. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.


Dates for Live Online Sessions (Zoom Platform):

Session 1: Thursday March 30th, 2023: 5.30-8:30 p.m. (Ireland)

Session 2: Thursday April 6th, 2023:  5.30-8:30 p.m. (Ireland)


What will you need?

  • A computer/device with a camera – external camera is very useful so your tray can be seen by a partner
  • Good internet connection, sound cancelling headset and a private space in which to complete the training
  • A sandtray (any size) and miniatures
  • Paper, markers, crayons, other artmaking materials of your choice (glue, scissors etc.)
  • Playdough
  • A selection of items from nature



1) Describe the difference between inquiry and an interview process in therapy

2) Identify at least 5 inquiry questions and at least 3 different types of questions

3) Demonstrate the use of questions used in a therapy inquiry

4) Demonstrate ways to use inquiry questions using different expressive and therapy modalities

5) Describe the importance of staying in the metaphor when exploring art products and sandplay scenes


Lorri Yasenik

Lorri Yasenik PhD, RPT-S, CPT-S is the co-founder and co-director of Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute in Calgary Alberta Canada and the founder and co-director of the Centre for Children and Family Law in Sydney Australia. Lorri is a registered Play Therapist- Supervisor with Association for Play Therapy (APT) and a Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT). Lorri provides child psychotherapy and play therapy and delivers national and international training related to children’s issues and specialized child and play therapies including treatment of trauma, developmental issues, children of high conflict separation and divorce, attachment, domestic violence and adjustment issues.  Lorri has co-authored three books, multiple chapters and articles related to specialized child therapy and child related practice.

APT Approved Provider 11-294

5.5 Play Therapy Credit Hours

IACP CPD Approved 

6 IACP CPD Points!

(Note: Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.)

Cancellations: In the event of any cancellation a booking fee of €50 will be retained. Full fee is non refundable in the event of cancellations within 3 weeks of the event.

Further Details:

Email: ctccourseinfo@gmail.com

Website: www.childrenstherapycentre.ie

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Instagram: @siobhan_childrenstherapycentre

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