Meaningful Moments in Play Therapy

This presentation will invite the participant along the therapeutic journey with one child, over the course of three years of treatment. The case example will show the ways in which the child uses symbolism and metaphor to make sense of her internal world and slowly feel free to be herself. Each meaningful moment with this child, will be threaded together to make a cohesive story that will illuminate key aspects of Child-Centered Play Therapy theory, treatment planning, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, symbolic expression and the value of the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for growth and change in the play therapy encounter.

Presenter: Rosie Newman, LMHC, RPT-S
Location: Zoom
Price: $100 USD / $120 AUD*

*APTA and APPTA members get a discount. You will need to declare your membership at the time of registration.

🇺🇸 U.S. Info
Session Date: Friday, February 3, 2023 @ 2:30pm – 6pm PST (Convert Time Zone)

🇦🇺 Australia Info
Session Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 (See below for your specific time zone)
8:30am AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time (Brisbane)
9:30am AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Time (Melbourne/Sydney, ACT)
6:30am WA – Western Australia
9:00am SA – South Australia
8:00am NT – North Territory

3 APT Specialized Live Webinar Hours**

**These CE hours are applicable for the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential as APT Specialized Live Webinar hours (new as of July 1, 2022) and other mental health credentials in WA. For other states, please consult your state-specific CE requirements. You must be present for all sessions and pass post-tests in order to receive continuing education credits.

Description

Children naturally engage in play to help organize and make sense of their world. A trained play therapist looks beyond the content of the play behaviors to understand the meaning behind the child’s play through symbolism and metaphor. For those not trained in play therapy, it can be difficult to understand this language and to see play, not as random and meaningless, but rather intentional and meaningful. Even for the trained play therapist, it can be difficult to ‘trust the
process’ in the face of therapeutic challenges and believe in the child’s innate ability to heal through play.

This presentation will invite the participant along the therapeutic journey with one child, over the course of three years of treatment. The case example will show the ways in which the child uses symbolism and metaphor to make sense of her internal world and slowly feel free to be herself. Each meaningful moment with this child, will be threaded together to make a cohesive story that will illuminate key aspects of Child-Centered Play Therapy theory, treatment planning, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, symbolic expression and the value of the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for growth and change in the play therapy encounter.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
1. Describe a framework for understanding directive versus non-directive play therapy and identify when therapist
intervention may be clinically indicated
2. Apply Axline’s 8 Basic principles of play therapy into practice
3. Observe the course of treatment for a child receiving long term play therapy, and through example, will learn to
recognize the value of symbolism and metaphor in children’s play
4. Apply the format and principles used in the example treatment plan provided for creating Child-Centered Play Therapy
treatment plans in practice

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