Part I: Introduction to Play Therapy (no CEUs)
Play Therapy: Part 1 Registration
Friday, April 5th, 8am-12pm
Covington First United Methodist Church
1113 Conyers St SW
Covington, GA 30014
Play Therapy Part I- Introduction to Play Therapy
Description: Children under the age of 12 have limited abilities to verbalize their feelings, thoughts, and use abstract verbal reasoning. Play therapy is an interpersonal counseling method that establishes contact with a child’s inner world, provides a trained therapist the use of the therapeutic powers of play to “to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.” (Association for Play Therapy). The purpose of this workshop is to present a brief history of play therapy, two primary theoretical perspectives of play therapy (non-directive and directive) and a brief overview of the research of the effectiveness of play therapy. Also participants will watch a video presentation of a play therapy session with a discussion to follow.
· Learn a brief history of play therapy which began in 1947 with Virginia Axline.
· Learn the difference between theory and techniques of directive and non-directive play therapy.
· Learn an overview of the research that suggests the effectiveness of play therapy for a variety of mental health issues.
· Experience a child and therapist in a playroom and how this interaction may lead to an understanding of the child’s inner world