This class will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and working mechanisms of Play Therapy. Participants will be invited into learning and experiencing the foundational skills for utilizing play as an arena for growth and healing. We will utilize Playmore & Prosper’s group room for class lecture & discussion, while participants will be invited into experiential teachings in one of two play therapy rooms. The companion reading Dibs in Search of Self will provide a case example & opportunity for discussing how various play therapy concepts come to life in practice.
Our education will be focused on empowering clinicians to learn the power of play and how it can be used to invite people of all ages into personal growth experiences. Utilizing research and information from leading theorists, we will build a strong foundation of play therapy concepts, fundamentals, and skills.
At the end of this training, the learner will be able to:
- Explain the fundamentals of promoting a safe & therapeutic play space
- Articulate a definition of what play therapy is and explain this in ways which parents can understand
- Recite 5 neurological reasons for why play therapy is needed for children
- Describe and practice 8 foundational skills of play therapy
- Assess materials appropriate for play therapy and plan the layout of a play therapy space
- Recite the therapeutic powers of play and describe the characteristic values of each power of play
- List 7 neuroscientific explanations for the power of relationship
- Explain 7 reasons for the importance of letting a child lead play
- Describe the 2 axes and 4 quadrants of the play therapy dimensions model
- Recite reasons for being non-directive in play therapy and evaluate criteria for becoming directive in play therapy.
- Explicate reasons for staying inside the metaphor of a child’s play and assess opportunities for speaking outside the metaphor
- Describe two models for asserting limits inside play therapy
- Assess what limits are needed and when to assert them inside a play therapy session
- Describe how play therapy can be adapted for developmental stages and ages
- List 3 methods for measuring progress
- Plan and write clinical charting for play therapy sessions
- Describe the ethical and professional standards guiding the application of play therapy
**This course has both an online and in-person component.
Intro to Play Therapy
This course is 20 CEU hours (12 in-person and 8 at-home/online). These hours can be applied towards obtaining the necessary 150 CEU hours required for RPT credentialing from the Association for Play Therapy. This course is appropriate for all three phases of the educational training requirements, and is fully based in what the APT considers "seminal theory."
Playmore and Prosper is an approved provider of Play Therapy Training. APT Approved Provider 17-504.