2015 Training Schedule
The focus of this training will be on play therapy with children 3-5 years of age. We will look at child development, developmental delays and common clinical disorders of preschoolers. Play therapy interventions appropriate for preschoolers will be shared. Video clips of play therapy sessions with preschoolers will be shown and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in experiential activities.
Working with families in a therapeutic setting provides important insights into family dynamics yet it also presents challenges. This training will focus on integrating play therapy into family therapy and how the use of play therapy techniques in family therapy encourages positive interaction among family members and enables us to include all members of the family, even very young children, in the session. Activities and games for engagement, assessment and treatment in family play therapy will be presented and attendees will have an opportunity to experience them. The unique challenges and opportunities of working with diverse family constellations will be discussed.
This training will address common problems that therapists often encounter during play therapy. We will address everything from a child who is silent to a child who doesn’t want to leave the playroom and everything in between. Attendees will also be introduced to the ACT model of limit setting.
Play therapy games can be used to engage, assess and treat children with a variety of presenting problems. This presentation will demonstrate how traditional board games can be easily adapted for use in play therapy. Attendees will be introduced to the basic materials needed to adapt most games and the application of play therapy games to various populations will also be discussed.
Learn how a community based play therapist integrates Child-Centered Group Play Therapy into an urban school setting with a culturally diverse, at-risk population of K-5 students. Video clips will demonstrate the CCGPT approach.
Play therapy has grown over the years with the creation of many different theoretical models. This training will explore the history of play therapy and the therapists who have been instrumental in its evolution. We will also look at the role the Association for Play Therapy (APT) has played in the advancement of play therapy. This three hour training can be applied toward the 4-5 training hours of play therapy history recommended by APT to earn the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.
This training is designed for the new and the experienced play therapist in agency, private practice, and school settings who is interested in learning more about play therapy interventions and techniques. We will cover the basic rationale, philosophy, history, and theoretical concepts specific to both directive and non-directive play therapy. Participants will be introduced to the toys and materials needed to set up a play therapy room or assemble a portable play therapy kit and we will explore cultural sensitivity. The application of play therapy to various populations, limit setting and handling the unexpected will also be discussed. Video clips of play therapy sessions will be shown and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in experiential activities.
This is an introductory training for therapists who are new at using sandtrays in the play therapy room. It will provide a basic understanding of sandtray history and theory and describe the necessary materials and supplies required to set up, conduct and process a sandtray as part of a play therapy session. Both directive and non-directive sand trays will be demonstrated and participants will have an opportunity to experience creating individual and group sandtrays.
A growing body of research recognizes the use of animal-assisted play therapy and interventions in both agencies and schools, and the increased benefits in a range of emotional, psychological, physical and educational needs. This presentation identifies the uses of animal-assisted play therapy in an agency or private practice setting, as well as animal assisted interventions and activities in school settings. Practical implications include resources for accessing and implementing AAT and AAI.
Play therapists are often faced with situations that require ethical decision making. This training will offer a framework for sound ethical decision making regarding dilemmas unique to play therapy. A step by step plan to ethical decision making will be introduced and the APT publications, Play Therapy Best Practices, and the Paper on Touch, will be explored.
While interacting with each other in the play therapy room, children learn not only about other children but about themselves. This training focuses on group play therapy approaches to use with children 3-12 years of age. Both child centered group play therapy and directive group play therapy approaches, that can be used in a variety of settings, will be discussed. We will explore the rationale for and benefits of group play therapy and how to select group members. Guidelines and suggestions for selecting toys and play materials will be shared. Other topics covered include the role of the play therapist, managing group structure, limit setting and other unique concerns.
Childhood grief can have a lifelong impact on a child's emotional well-being. This training will present an overview of how children at various ages and developmental stages experience and express grief after the death of someone close to them and how play therapy can be beneficial. The four psychological tasks of grieving children will be introduced and the effect of cultural and social experiences regarding death will be explored. Play therapy techniques will be presented and practiced that can be used for assessment and treatment in individual, group or family play therapy.
Dr. Gary Landreth summed up a major issue in families today when he said, “Many parents occupy time and space with their children but do not know or understand their children.” We as play therapists have the best possible tools available to help remedy this situation. In this workshop you will learn about the history and different methods of filial therapy. Using videos, discussion, and experiential activities you will learn how to teach your clients’ parents and other caregivers the basic skills of play therapy; engaging them as therapeutic partners and significantly enhancing the counseling process. Attendees should have previous experience or training in child-centered play therapy.
Children with traumatic early life experiences are at risk for attachment disorders. This training will help play therapists develop a fundamental understanding of how attachment impacts brain development. We will explore how play therapy interventions, specifically Theraplay®, can assist in helping form secure attachments between children and caregivers. Video clips of attachment based play therapy will be shown. Learning how to educate and involve caregivers in play therapy to promote healthy attachment will also be explained.
Children experiencing separation and divorce are often caught in the middle of warring parents. This training will present an overview of how children at various ages and developmental stages perceive and process divorce and how play therapy can be beneficial. The seven psychological tasks of children of divorce will be introduced and play therapy techniques will be presented and practiced that can be used for assessment and treatment in individual, group or family play therapy. The role of play therapists in high conflict divorce and custody cases will be discussed.
Explore the purposeful selection of toys in this workshop designed for therapists new to play therapy. Various treatment settings and the toys required for each will be discussed. Video clips will tour a play room and demonstrate portable play kits.
Play therapy offers a safe place for children to work through difficulties they are experiencing in their life without the threat of real-life consequences. Developmentally appropriate and empirically supported, play therapy can be utilized by school counselors as both a preventative and as a responsive intervention with students that are facing emotional and academic issues. Most of the time a child’s mental health needs are first recognized and addressed in the school setting, why not use the power of play in your comprehensive school counseling program?
The focus of this training will be on gathering data at intake, interviewing parents as a pretreatment assessment, various assessment tools, putting assessment information into a treatment plan and developing specific treatment goals for play therapy. We will explore ways to explain play therapy to parents and we will discuss ways to manage parental resistance.
Anxiety is a common problem for many children. Whether the anxiety arises from genetic factors or environmental conditions children need to find a way to face the anxiety and master it. This training will examine the symptoms of anxiety and how it impacts children. We will explore play therapy interventions as a way of teaching children how to manage anxiety producing situations. The parent’s role in the play therapy process will also be discussed.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often present for counseling with unique challenges and concerns. As the prevalence of ASD continues to rise, it is important for counselors to understand the needs of this population in order to best serve them. This training will focus on understanding the characteristics and mental health needs of children with ASD. Participants will learn about play therapy and how it can be used with this population. Additionally, the participants will learn about other play-related interventions that can be used with children and adolescents with ASD and their families.
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