This workshop will present the history, theories and components of play therapy as a model to work therapeutically with children, adolescents and families. Theories covered will include psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, Ecosystemic Play Therapy, family therapy and expressive arts. Learning will be both didactic and experiential. This course meets one of the course requirements for basic play therapy education to be a Registered Play Therapist.
After this workshop participants will be able to:
1. Examine and identify at least 3 different theoretical approaches to the practice of play therapy.
2. Describe at least 2 precautions for working with children in play therapy.
3. Describe and practice at least 3 evidenced-based play therapy interventions.
4. Explain at least 2 differences between directive and non-directive play therapy approaches.
5. Demonstrate at least 2 directive play therapy strategies that support therapeutic change within the play therapy session.
6. Demonstrate at least 2 non-directive play therapy strategies that support therapeutic change within the play therapy session.