Play Therapy Online Training Academy:
Association for Play Therapy, USA: APT Approved Provider #18-556
Child Centered Play Therapy Online Course and Workshops:
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Workshop 1: The Healing World of Child Centered Play Therapy
On completion of Workshop 1, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Child Centered Play Therapy theory, philosophy and practices
- Identify who Child Centered Play Therapy is and is not recommended for and the different types of play we see in Play Therapy
- Explain the importance of the therapeutic relationship in the Child Centered Play Therapy approach
- Identify the categories and range of toys and materials that are recommended in Child Centered Play Therapy
- Describe how to set up a therapeutic playroom and how to adapt spaces for Play Therapy sessions
- Outline the stages in Child Centered Play Therapy and identify some of the recommended ways to respond to, and be with children in the different stages
Detailed Information About the Workshop 1 Play Therapy Topics:
Topic 1: The Heart and Healing Practices of Child Centered Play Therapy
Audio recorded presentations with Jewel Janan and downloadable handout. Video: Therapeutic Dimensions of Play Therapy with Dr Garry Landreth
This topic offers an introduction to the principles, practices and philosophy of humanistic Child Centered Play Therapy. Hear about why we use Play Therapy with children, who Child Centered Play Therapy is recommended for and about the therapeutic relationship being at the heart of this Play Therapy approach. Jewel shares about why Child Centered Play Therapy can be such an effective form of counselling and psychotherapy for children from 2-10 years old, drawing on her many years of Play Therapy work with children. In the video, Dr Landreth explores essential dimensions of facilitating the Play Therapy relationship and talks about the necessary conditions for facilitating emotional growth including the four healing messages. He shares strategies for supporting children and building self-esteem.
Topic 2: The Play Therapy Room: Recommendations and Guidelines for Setting up a Therapeutic Playroom
Includes: Audio recorded presentations with Jewel Janan and downloadable handout. Video: Toys and Materials for Play Therapy Presented by Dr Garry Landreth
The Child Centered Play Therapy playroom needs to support children's self-expression, creativity and healing. Hear about the selection of toys and materials, different categories of toys, ideal dimensions of the playroom, the importance of consistency and predictability in the playroom and more. Jewel shares about Play Therapy rooms she worked in and set up and gives insights into how the playroom supports the healing process. In the video, hear Dr Garry Landreth expand on this important topic: Includes therapeutic issues related to toys and materials, practical places to conduct Play Therapy sessions and adapting spaces, a tote bag playroom and helpful hints for responding to children's behaviours in the playroom.
Topic 3: Stages in Child Centered Play Therapy and Case Presentations
Audio recorded presentations with Jewel Janan and downloadable handout. Video: Child Centered Play Therapy - A Clinical Session presented by Dr Garry Landreth
In this topic, Jewel shares about the stages a child may experience in Child Centered Play Therapy and how we can support and respond to children in these stages. Two cases are presented, demonstrating some of the very different ways children can present in the stages in the Play Therapy process. Gain deep insights into how we work with and respond to children in Child Centered Play Therapy and the inner healing, growth, development and behavioural changes that are possible. Also watch a Play Therapy clinical session with Dr Landreth as he demonstrates the process of building a relationship with a child, following the child's lead, facilitating the development of children's strengths, responding to accidents in the playroom, building a child's self-esteem, returning responsibility to the child, participating in a child's play and dealing with a child who is reluctant to leave the playroom.
Workshop 2: Play Therapy Skills and Practices
On completion of Workshop 2, participants will be able to:
- Identify Child Centered Play Therapy skills including tracking, empathic responses, returning responsibility to the child, facilitating self expression, engaging in role plays
- Outline the steps of the ACT Limit Setting model in Play Therapy
- Identify ways of responding to children in challenging situations in Play Therapy
- Identify the relevance of play behaviours and themes in Play Therapy sessions
- Demonstrate an understanding of the skills, philosophy and practices of Child Centered Play Therapy
- Explain how working with children in Play Therapy is different to working with adults in counselling
- Outline the key areas for consideration in the Play Therapy Intake Interview and assessment process
- Identify the role of parents as partners in the Play Therapy process and important considerations
Detailed Information About the Workshop 2 Play Therapy Topics:
Topic 1: Embracing Freedom and Structure in Child Centered Play Therapy
Audio recorded presentations with Jewel Janan and a downloadable handout
Learn about the importance of Freedom and Structure in the Play Therapy process. It can be challenging for Play Therapists to find the balance between the two. For example, a Play Therapist may find it easy to be warm and empathic but experience difficulties setting boundaries and limits. You will hear about different aspects of freedom and structure that make for good practice. Includes considerations around the work with both children and parents.
Topic 2: Play Therapy Skills Development: Empathic and Therapeutic Ways of Responding
Audio recorded presentation with Jewel Janan and downloadable handout. Video: The Play Therapist's Language of Change presented by Dr Garry Landreth
Learn about recommended ways we respond to children in Child Centered Play Therapy that can really make a difference. These include: Tracking, reflecting feelings and empathic ways of responding, fostering creativity, following the child's lead, deepening the meaning, engaging in role plays and the wonderful whisper technique. Learn ways to connect deeply with children, to develop safety and trust, and to foster and support children's growth and healing. Also watch the video with Dr Landreth which includes the characteristics of therapeutic responses, demonstrations of how to respond to children's questions/anger/wanting to leave, keeping the child in the lead, the therapeutic power of understanding, releasing children's creativity and resiliency, helping children learn and develop self-responsibility.
Topic 3: Play Therapy and the ACT Limit Setting Model
Audio recorded presentations with Jewel Janan and a downloadable ebooklet. Video: Therapeutic Limit Setting presented by Dr Garry Landreth
Limit setting is an important and often challenging area for Play Therapists and those working with children. Jewel shares about her experiences in Play Therapy with limit setting and the difference it made when she discovered the ACT Limit Setting Model! Learn about this Limit Setting Model that focuses on empathy and helps children develop self responsibility and make healthy choices. In the video, Dr Landreth shares about the purposes for limit setting, areas where limits are needed, practical issues in limit setting, helping children develop self-control, the therapist's role in limit setting, case examples and what to do when children break the limits.
Topic 4: The Importance of Play Behaviours and Themes in Play Therapy
Video: Understanding Play Behaviours and Themes in Play Therapy Presented by Dr Garry Landreth
A fascinating insight into the power of Play Therapy and the importance of themes and play behaviours. Topics explored are: Elements typical of play behaviour, four important messages revealed in children's play, allowing the child to lead the Play Therapy relationship to where the child needs to be, identifying themes in children's play and important happenings in Play Therapy sessions, instructing parents in how to respond to their children about Play Therapy.
Topic 5: The Initial Parent Interview and Play Therapy Assessment Process
Audio recorded presentations with Jewel Janan and downloadable handout
In this topic you will hear about the initial parent interview and assessment process in Child Centered Play Therapy. Jewel shares around areas relating to the child and family that are important to consider in assessing if Child Centered Play Therapy is recommended. Hear about the importance of sensitivity, respect and empathy in engaging with parent/s,carer/s. Information is included about explaining Child Centered Play Therapy to parents, discussing challenges that may arise in the Play Therapy process and preparing the parent to bring a child for Play Therapy.
Topic 6: Engaging Parents in the Play Therapy Process
Audio recording with Dr Jodi Mullen and downloadable handout
Many Play Therapists experience difficulties engaging with parents in Play Therapy. This is an important aspect of working with children in Play Therapy and is often a missing component. It can be challenging explaining to parents in a language they understand and connect with, about the philosophy and practice of Child Centered Play Therapy and supporting them through the Play Therapy process. This presentation helps build professional competence in this area.
Workshop 3: Play Therapy Special Topics
On completion of Module 3, participants will be able to:
On completion of Module 3, participants will be able to:
- Outline the key factors in the REACH Project and identify the benefits of Child Centered Play Therapy in this program
- Describe some of the challenges that can present in offering Play Therapy in schools
- Identify the healing power of Child Centered Play Therapy for children from highly at risk backgrounds
- Describe some of the benefits of Child Centered Play Therapy for Johnny, a boy on the autism spectrum
- Identify important considerations and some of the joys and challenges that can present in working in Child Centered Play Therapy with children on the Autism Spectrum
- Identify key ethical considerations and issues in working with children and parents in Play Therapy
Detailed Information About the Workshop 3 Play Therapy Topics:
Topic 1: Play Therapy in Schools: The Innovative University of Tennessee REACH Project
Audio recording: Jewel Janan interviewing Dr Jeff Cochran and Nancy Cochran from the University of Tennessee. Includes downloadable handouts
Hear an informative and heartful interview with Play Therapy trainers and coordinators of the REACH (Relationship Enhancement and Child Harmony) Project, Dr Jeff Cochran and Nancy Cochran from the Faculty of the University of Tennessee. The REACH Project is a multi-systemic, school based mental health counseling intervention for very high-risk children and families. This early intervention service and research project focuses on Child Centered Play Therapy to bring about positive change for children and families.
Topic 2: Reflections on Working in Child Centered Play Therapy with Johnny: A Boy on the Autism Spectrum
Audio recorded presentation with Jewel Janan
In this presentation, you will hear Jewel talk about some of her experiences in her Play Therapy work with Johnny, a boy who was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and who she worked with for a number of years. Jewel shares about the joys and challenges that arose for her in the Play Therapy sessions with Johnny and the profound impact working with him had on her. Gain deeper insights into the Child Centered Play Therapy approach and the power of unconditional acceptance and empathy in the therapeutic relationship.
Topic 3: Playing Fair- Ethics and Play Therapy
Audio recorded presentation with Dr Jodi Mullen and downloadable handout
Ethics and Play Therapy is an essential training area for those working in Play Therapy. When working with young children in a therapeutic context and in Play Therapy, there are many ethical challenges that can arise. Some of these challenges are even more complex when the therapeutic approach is Play Therapy. Dr Jodi Mullen discusses ethical dilemmas in Play Therapy and how Play Therapists working with children can maintain professional and good ethical practices.