Foundations of the Play Therapy Relationship
In this one hour webinar we will consider the therapeutic power of play and explore the use of play therapy materials and strategies from along the continuum from non-directive to directive interventions.
After this program, participants will be able to:
- Apply the content to establish a play therapy environment by selecting materials and developing a child-centered relationship with children in treatment.
- Define each level on the continuum of directive, child- responsive and child-centered (non-directive) play therapy
- Learn from examples of the therapist’s behaviors in directive, child-responsive, and child-centered (non-directive) play.
Play therapy is an approach that helps to respond to the unique developmental needs of young children, who often express themselves better through playing and play activities than through verbal communication. Play therapy enables the therapist to become a trusted part of the child's world while the principles and practices of play therapy enable practitioners to engage and motivate child clients in the therapeutic process by harnessing the healing power of play. The use of play and other creative activities assists with communicating with children and enables a child to use these activities to express their thoughts and feelings that are not expressed in words. By grounding the therapist in the concept of using play as the process for client learning, play therapy training can help increase the insights, creativity and innovation of the therapist and make therapeutic treatment more developmentally appropriate for children.