Animare: Using Therapists’ Special Interest of Music in Play Therapy — December 1st, 2023

Animare means “to give life to”, and in this training, neurodiverse therapists will be given a frame for incorporating their full selves to “give life to” the workThis training integrates interpersonal neurobiology, neurodiversity affirming play and Child-Centered Play. Participants will be invited to create their own music and feel in their bodies an integrative experience of both the science and art of special interest play. Specific topics will include music as communication, music as a play object, music as an external regulator, music as an integrator, and music as a special interest. Two cases, a group and an individual will be used to ground the topics in reality. We will teach each other how to bring ourselves into the playroom “to give life to” our work without limiting the child’s space for self-direction. No previous musical talents necessary! 

Presenter: Sarah Jensen, LCMHC, RPT

Location: Via Zoom

Date: Friday, December 1, 2023

Time: 9am-11:15am PST (Convert Time Zone)

2 APT Specialized Live Webinar Hours*

*These CE hours are applicable for the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential and other mental health credentials in WA as approved by an industry-recognized local, state, national, international organization or institution of higher learning [WAC 246-809-610(3)(a)]. For other states, please consult your state-specific CE requirements. You must be present with camera on the entire session and pass post-tests in order to receive continuing education credits.

Level: Intermediate

Price: $60

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Animare Experiement 1: Create Your Own Instrument (Prior to Play)

Here’s a fun musical experiment to try related to this training. In this video, Sarah is making a guitar using everyday materials: a cereal box, rubber bands, a paper towel roll, tape and a cutting tool! Feel free to follow along and make your own cereal box guitar!

A video snapshot of Sarah Jensen holding a cereal box guitar

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  1. Describe the use of the essential condition of therapist congruence within CCPT in play therapy.   
  2. Identify the benefits of using the child’s and the therapist’s special interests within interpersonal neurobiology of play.  
  3. Demonstrate understanding of Pedersen’s (1988) Awareness, Skills, and Knowledge (ASK) model to self-assess for neurodiversity affirming play practice.   
  4. Design a plan for integrating their own special interests in play informed by interpersonal neurobiology of play.  

About the Presenter:

Sarah (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and completed a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical Mental Health CounselingShe uses a neurodiversity-affirming lens and views differences as natural variations in human neurobiologySarah is a Registered Play TherapistTM and integrates Child-Centered Play Therapy, Gestalt, EMDR, as well as her special interests in music, art and the brain. 


APT Approved Provider 18-545

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