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.
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.
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.
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