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Transcript of Play Therapy
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."
By: Greta Cork
Why Use Play Therapy?
Play is the language of children
Effective for many child problems- across both behavioral and humanistic schools of thought, in different settings, across modalities, and across age and gender
Promotes learning of adaptive behaviors when emotional or social skills deficits exist
Applies the therapeutic benefits of play through various treatment methods
Enables problem resolution through play
Learning and development are best fostered through play
How to Utilize Play Therapy
Ethical Issues in Play Therapy
Attend training workshops
Take a Play Therapy course at CSU
Supervision and C.E.U.'s
Pick a theoretical orientation for working with children
Become familiar with different modalities
Sand Play Therapy
Family Play Therapy
A.2.d. Inability to Give Consent
Are you working with minors or those unable to give consent?
A.7. Multiple Clients
What is the nature of the relationship with each person involved?
B.4.b. Couples and Family Counseling
Who is the client? What are the limitations?
C.2.a. Boundaries of Competence
Do you know what you are doing?
E.2.b. Appropriate Use
Is this relevant to the needs of the client?
Avoiding Ethical Violations in Play Therapy
Know the ACA Code of Ethics
Strive for Aspirational Ethics rather than Mandatory Ethics
Document all potential ethical dilemmas
Seek supervision and consultation as needed
Become familiar with the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Best Practices and the APT Paper on Touch
Play Therapy Techniques
Using a Puppet to Create a Symbolic Client
Balloons of Anger
Party Hats on Monsters
The Power Animal Technique
The Sneak and the Spy
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