Many therapists are unsure of how to approach some topics in a playful manner. This workshop focuses on directive play therapy techniques that address a wide variety of life issues, thus equipping therapists to more fully meet their client’s needs.
This workshop begins with a look at the importance of play and the role it plays in children’s lives, as well as how play is used therapeutically. Participants will also engage in play that illustrates how their own childhood coping strategies are carried forward throughout their lives.
In this presentation a variety of mental health diagnoses and life issues are addressed with directive play therapy techniques. These include ADHD, anger, assertiveness, breathing, community connection, decision making, divorce, feelings, goal setting, grief, personal safety, self-concept, self-talk, sexual abuse, and social skills. While these sixteen areas are addressed with a total of over 30 directive techniques, the client centered approach of Child Centered Play Therapy frames the interactions the therapist has with the client as they engage in each play therapy technique.
To facilitate learning, workshop participants will engage in many of the play therapy activities presented throughout the day.