This class will introduce participants to the methods and techniques of using Play Therapy as a vehicle for helping kids create positive self-coping statements. Kids are not able to explore, challenge, or change their self-talk in the same way as adults. Kids do not think about anything the same way adults do. This is why we use play therapy with kids! Play therapy allows the therapist to meet the child in the manner they explore for understanding – physically!
This class will demonstrate how a play therapist can name, notice, and reinforce positive self-talk inside of children’s play. We will further explore how to use play therapy to invite more physical demonstrations of positive self-coping statements. In this manner, the play therapist will be helping the child identify positive self-coping statements already present in their play. The child learns to name their cognitions the same way they learn to name their feelings – someone connects their actions to words for them!
The good thinking series on play therapy is meant to give therapists new tools and expand their repertoire of techniques for promoting helpful self-talk and the ability to create solutions. Therapy with kids and adolescents is different, and it requires learning new arenas and languages to facilitate growth and healing. These classes are built on sound therapeutic theory and will focus on the application of specific play therapy tools through demonstration and interaction.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this training, the learner will be able to:
- Create a play therapy metaphor to explain & demonstrate helpful self-talk
- Describe 3 reasons to “listen to the logical protector”
- Notice and name “logical protector” words inside a child’s play therapy session
- Create 5 play therapy invitations for the “logical protector” to join the session
- List 12 thinking category pairs to evaluate helpful vs. unhelpful thinking
- Describe and practice play therapy methods for building positive self-coping statements from 12 helpful thinking categories
Play Therapy for Positive Self-Coping Statements
This class is worth 3 CEUs. 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 founded in Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, which is considered "seminal theory" by the APT. It is appropriate to take during all three phases of training required for obtaining the RPT credential.
Playmore and Prosper is an approved provider of Play Therapy Training. APT Approved Provider 17-504.