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(NEW) Play Therapy At Any Age: Evidence-Based Practice for Success

December 6 Breakfast 8:15am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169, 6 CEUs Presenter: Joanne Vizzini, PhD Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Play is the natural, innate language of children. Play therapy is a fascinating and freeing place for experiences to take on new meanings for player and facilitator. Play, as well as play therapy, at various times in history, in diverse cultures, and across generational differences takes on particular meanings and specific styles, anchored in explicit developmental and theoretical stances.

In this workshop, participants will learn to listen through the creative expression of play. Together, we will explore and discover the hidden life of play through music, art, dance, puppets and dolls, toys and games. Participants will be invited to uncover and explore their own playful self. Participants will encourage each other to create a safe and sacred space for play therapy to come alive.

Experiential aspects of the training offer clinicians practical and at times profound ways to use play therapy in current practice. Creative strategies will enable clinicians to use therapeutic play with clients of all ages.

Learning Objectives

  • Define play therapy and describe its historical therapeutic properties
  • Identify the differences between directive and non-directive play therapy
  • Demonstrate the use of one theoretical framework that supports each of these approaches
  • Create a play therapy room that integrates directive and non-directive play items
  • Demonstrate a play therapy session for an age group of interest to you

Agenda

8:45 – 10:30

  • Define play therapy and describe its historical therapeutic properties.
  • A lively, interactive presentation of the historical perspective of play therapy – Didactic and Experiential.

10:30 – 10:45 am   BREAK

10:45 am – 12:00

  • Identify the differences between directive and non-directive play therapy. Demonstrate the use of one theoretical framework that supports each of these approaches.
  • An exploration of Child-centered Play Therapy (CPT) (Axline, Landreth and Ray), Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT,) Gestalt Play Therapy and Psychodynamic Types of Play Therapies. Didactic and Experiential.

12:00 – 1:00   LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30

  • Create a Play Therapy Room that integrates Directive and Non-Directive play Items
  • Gather materials and/or design ideas that will work with your current place of work.

2:30 – 2:40 pm   BREAK

2:40 – 4:00

  • Demonstrate a play therapy session for an age group of interest for you.
  • By yourself or in a group of no more than 5, create a play therapy session for infants, young children, elementary school children, teens, or adults.
  • Wrap up and Closing
Two adults in play therapy