There are several strong play therapy theories to inform and guide a clinician’s work with kids. This class is an advanced and thorough exploration of several of the most influential play therapy theories. The working mechanisms and techniques of each play therapy theory will be addressed through discussion, demonstration, and experiential learning. The textbook readings provide an excellent demonstration of the clinical applications of the theories, along with specific applications for differing populations and diagnoses.
We will utilize Playmore & Prosper’s group room for class lecture & discussion, while participants will be invited into experiential teachings for each of the play therapy theories in one of two play therapy rooms.
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:
- Recite the therapeutic powers of play, and describe the characteristic values of each power of play
- Discuss the ethical and professional standards guiding the application of play therapy
- Reflect on the cultural issues in play therapy
- Describe the neurological need for play therapy
- Discuss how neuroscience is informing the application of play therapy
- Recite research findings and empirical support for play therapy
- Describe the fundamentals of several play therapy theories, and explain how they apply their concepts to promoting growth and healing. These theories include: Child-centered play therapy, Gestalt play therapy, Filial play therapy, Attachment-based play therapy, Jungian analytical play therapy, Adlerian play therapy, Solution-focused play therapy, Cognitive behavioral play therapy, Narrative play therapy, Integrative play therapy, and Prescriptive play therapy
- Compare individual play therapy to group play therapy, family play therapy, and filial play therapy
- Discuss how play therapy is being applied to various diagnoses and difficulties
- Describe how play therapy is being applied to specific settings and concerns. These include: School-based problems, foster care, divorce, and reunifying families
- Assess & compare how theories may fit and/or apply differently to various populations, difficulties, and developmental levels
- Recite reasons for being non-directive in play therapy, and evaluate criteria for becoming more directive in play therapy
- Explicate reasons for staying inside the metaphor of a child’s play, and assess opportunities for speaking outside the metaphor.
- Evaluate the theories explored in class for their fit into the participant’s style of therapy, and assess their ability to wield the required skillset
- Consolidate the course experience into articulating a play therapy theory of choice
**This course has both an online and in-person component with two weekend workshops.
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Theories of Play Therapy
42 CE hours (24 in person and 18 at home/online). These hours can be applied to obtaining the necessary 150 CE hours required for attaining the RPT credential. This course is most appropriate for phases two & three of the educational training requirements, and includes additional theories beyond what the APT considers "seminal theory."
Playmore and Prosper is an approved provider of Play Therapy Training. APT Approved Provider 17-504.