Conceptualization and incorporation of the family in play therapy is a common area of difficulty and confusion for therapists; however, this continues to be an essential factor to a child’s potential for growth, healing and progress. In this two day training, therapists will deepen their knowledge and skill set for engaging parents, caregivers, and families throughout the play therapy process as well as an understanding of and basic application to different theories of family therapy that can be utilized to support work being done in individual play therapy. A key piece to this training will include opportunities to practice the skills in “mock sessions” to receive guided feedback and growth in a supportive environment.
- Trainees will utilize skill of conceptualization of family systems incorporating at least 1 theory of play therapy
- Trainees will describe how their own personality priorities sense of self impacts dynamics and interactions within family play therapy.
- Trainees will identify 3 evidence based reasons family involvement and support is critical to success of play therapy.
- Trainees will utilize tools for building engagement, understanding, and rapport of families with play therapy theories, modalities, interventions, and overall treatment plan.
- Trainees will identify framework and general use of 3 theories of Family Play Therapy
- Trainees will describe the use of interventions from at least 2 theories of Family Play Therapy
- Trainees will list ways in which parents can use “at-home” play therapy interventions or activities based on research to use with any child to enhance and promote relational attachment and overall resilience of children and families
- Trainees will Identify their beliefs, bias, and areas of transference that need to be monitored throughout family play therapy
- Trainees will apply the use of family and caregiver relationship building skills within practice family play therapy sessions
- Trainees will apply the use of family play therapy interventions within practice family play therapy sessions
- Trainees will describe the way in which family play therapy interventions need to be customized to specific families based on their unique system, lifestyle, and culture
- Trainees will describe how to use curiosity and non-judgment when addressing difficult topics in family play therapy