Trainings 2017 & 2018

Continuing Education Training provided  to Licensed Mental Health Providers

Play Therapy Basics and Beyond

Module 1:  Introduction to Play Therapy

December 2017-2018 (6 weeks)

 Contents and Concepts:

1)  The origins and history of Play Therapy and key contributors

2) The play therapy process

3)  The elements of a therapeutic relationship;

4) How children communicate through the use of symbols and metaphors, and how to facilitate and encourage such communication;

5) Differentiate between non-directed, directed and prescriptive play therapy approaches.

6) Acquire knowledge to set up a playroom and toy selection

7) Gain understanding of Play Therapy themes and use of the metaphor

8) Understand how change is promoted through attending and facilitating child’s communication through play

9) Gain Understanding of the multicultural aspects of play therapy.

10) Understand ethical practices according to the Association of Play Therapy guidelines.

Module 2: Play Therapy Assessments: Theory and Use

January -March 2018 (5 weeks)

Contents and Concepts:

1) The different approaches to assessing children’s needs.

2) Learn about different types of play based assessment types.

3) Acquire basic skills in conducting play based observations, interviews, projective assessments and analysis.

4) Acquire knowledge of how play based assessments can aid in identify issues to be addressed in play therapy and understanding of child’s needs and assist in treatment planning.

5) Recognize the limitations of using assessments in case conceptualization and

6) Recognize ethical and multicultural issues in play based assessments.

7) Recognize issues related to using play based assessments and projective assessments in court proceedings.

Module 3:  Play Therapy meeting the Child’s Needs

Theory and Interventions

March – May 2018 (5 weeks)

Contents and Concepts:

  1. Play behaviors of children who have been abused or neglected.
  2. Play behaviors of anxious children.
  3. Play behaviors of angry and aggressive children.
  4. Play behaviors children who have attachment issues.
  5. Play behaviors of attention deficit hyperactive children
  6. Play behaviors of traumatized children.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will acquire knowledge about play behaviors of children who are at-risk.
  2. Participants will acquire knowledge about play therapy interventions specific to a child’s needs.
  3. Participants will be able to identify specific play behaviors in a play therapy session.
  4. Participants discuss issues related to specific play therapy populations.
  5. Participants will participate in experiential play therapy interventions.