Social Work 2024 Symposium - Somatic Play Therapy Through the Lifespan

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

This course offers LIVE (in person) and LIVESTREAM attendance options.

This conference will provide a theoretical framework and strategies for use of somatic play therapy, along with other evidence-based practices to address medical trauma. Play therapy with adults looks radically different than with children but is a useful intervention for both patient populations. Somatic and play-based modalities allow for processing and healing of body memories that may have a linguistic story. Use of sounds, smells, and vestibular triggers will be reviewed. Therapists will be guided in working with the dissociation that often accompanies medical interventions and treatments. 

Course Director 
Denise Rismeyer, DNP, RN, NPD-BC 
Director of Continuing Nursing Education 
Mayo Clinic 

Target Audience

This CNE conference is designed for social workers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the theoretical framework for somatic play therapy
  • Outline strategies to utilize play therapy as an intervention for medical trauma
  • Describe contexts in which play therapy is an appropriate intervention

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 ASWB
  • 6.00 Attendance
Event starts: 
05/21/2024 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
05/21/2024 - 5:00pm
Phillips Hall, Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN 55905
United States


All travel and lodging expenses are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Statements


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 6.0 clinical continuing education credits. 

Other Healthcare Professionals
A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

Available Credit

  • 6.00 ASWB
  • 6.00 Attendance

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Welcome to the Social Work 2024 Symposium - Somatic Play Therapy Through the Lifespan. Course materials will be available at the registration check-in an hour before the start of the conference or online.

Request for cancellations must be submitted in writing to

If the cancellation is made prior to the start of the activity, a refund less an administration fee of $25 will be issued. If the cancellation is made after the start of the activity, no refund will be issued. All refunds will be made using the same method as the original payment.