Dates: January 23-24 + February 13-14, 2021 & June 1-2 + June 5-6, 2021
Cost: CAN$780 + GST
CEU Credits: 24
This 4-day webinar is offered twice in 2021, with one offering in late January / early February, and a second offering in early June. Each webinar is offered as a pair of two-day digital sessions.
This webinar provides a general introduction to Play Therapy, as well as a brief overview of the theoretical framework of Expressive Play Therapy and the various expressive methods available in a play session. It will also focus on the play therapy process which participants will learn through viewing videotape excerpts of play therapy sessions as well as practice through role plays.
This webinar provides foundational knowledge for more advanced play therapy topics addressed in further webinars and seminars.
In this seminar, participants will:
- Examine the function and description of children’s art and play through the developmental stages.
- Learn the history of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy and consider a brief overview of the theoretical and ideological principles on which it is based:
- Discuss the major components of the various methods available: Expressive Therapies, Milieu, Relationship and Family therapy.
- Discuss the role each component plays in supporting and facilitating the self-healing process.
In the afternoons, participants will examine art and play modalities through experiencing the image making process using non-directive and structured exercises.
During the remaining two days participants will:
- Discuss the guiding principles of child-centered play therapy.
- Examine practical concerns such as:
- The intake process
- Setting up a playroom
- Structuring a session
- Issues of permissiveness and limit setting
- Introducing the child to the playroom
- Note taking and assessment
- View and discuss a videotaped session illustrating the lecture material.
In the afternoons, participants will practice establishing rapport with children through the language of play, using the reflecting technique, and beginning to learn the basics of following and guiding.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the theoretical and ideological principles on which Holistic Expressive Play Therapy is based: bringing together the role of nature, nurture, and trauma.
- Describe the function and role of art and play through successive child developmental stages and recognize the art and play of children through developmental stages.
- Discuss the Expressive Therapies component of Expressive Play Therapy and their role in facilitating the healing process in a play therapy session.
- Discuss the multisensory Milieu component of Expressive Play Therapy in its soothing and grounding role, including nature and companion animals as co-therapists.
- Discuss the crucial role of the Relationship component of Expressive Play Therapy and the essential role of the play therapist’s capacity to attune, follow, and guide each child in their own unique way.
- Discuss the role of the Family Therapy or caregiver involvement component of Expressive Play Therapy and the challenges in engaging the caregiver as a co-therapist.
- Demonstrate art and play modalities through an image making process using non-directive and structured exercises.
- List the major principles of child-centered play therapy.
- List the specific information needed to conduct an effective intake session and best assess the needs of the child based on their living situation.
- Design a playroom that is organized on the holistic and integrative principles of Expressive Play Therapy.
- Structure a play therapy session that takes into consideration the vital beginning, middle, and end phases.
- Identify issues of permissiveness and limit setting and provide the appropriate level of containment and freedom beneficial to each child.
- Use the language of play and reflecting technique to establish rapport with children.
- Assess and discuss a video taped case study based on the information and practices discussed in the Expressive Play Therapy seminar.
Fee includes certificate of attendance for the purpose of continuing education programs.
For participants wishing to count credits toward certification with CAPT, a successful student evaluation by Marie Jose in the form of an essay will be required. There will be an additional charge of $50 for this service.
* Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for CONTACT CE Hours. For those seeking Play Therapy registration or certification, – this course will go towards 18 hours of theory / approach and 6 hours of techniques.