2015 Training Schedule
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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