**NOTE: This class will be offered live online via Zoom for 3 CE contact hours. See CE details tab for more info.
This class will introduce participants to the methods and techniques for using Play Therapy as a vehicle for facilitating better problem solving. The way a child thinks is much different than how an adult uses their mind and mental representation to problem solve. Kids do not think about anything the same way adults do. This is why we use play therapy with kids! Young kids especially, take a physical and experimental approach to solving and understanding their world. 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 effective problem solving strategies inside of children’s play. We will further explore how to use play therapy to invite more physical demonstrations of problem solving and critical thinking. Through play therapy we have the opportunity to help a child build a strong cognitive foundation to promote good problem solving and critical thinking. The building blocks of this strong foundation are already found in their play.
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 & 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:
- Define five stages of problem solving and ten problem solving elements in order to reinforce and promote their presence inside of play therapy sessions
- Define four elements of critical thinking and be able to bring attention to their presence inside a child’s play therapy session
- Notice and name effective problem solving strategies and critical thinking inside a child’s play therapy session
- Explain how to make use of metaphor to promote generalizing problem solving elements to more life situations
- List 3 play therapy methods for inviting opportunity for children to practice good problem solving
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Play Therapy for Problem-Solving
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by the APT for 3 CONTACT CE hours. These hours can be applied towards obtaining the necessary 150 CE 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, and 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.