Play Therapy is an effective therapy for children with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. In Play Therapy, children enter into a dynamic relationship with a trained Play Therapist in which they can express, explore and make sense of their difficult and painful life experiences. Using play as the principle means of communication, the child and the Play Therapist work together in a counselling space called a playroom, which is equipped with specially chosen toys to encourage the expression of feelings and support the development of healthier behaviours.
In the first part of this 2 hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the principles, types and use of Play Therapy with a focus on Non-Directive Play Therapy.
The second part will introduce participants to the practice skills of empathic responding and understanding and working with children’s play themes, skills that can used to emotionally support young children in Early Years settings.
Sarah Rush B.A. Psychology, M.A. Non-Directive Play Therapy
The Introduction to Play Therapy workshop covers:
- Play as therapy
- The basic principles of Play Therapy and the importance of the therapeutic relationship
- Providing emotional support to young children in Early Years Settings using play
- Practice skill 1: Empathic responding
- Practice skill 2: Understanding and working with children’s play themes
Course Duration and Delivery
Inservice Training Public Training This is a 4h course when delivered as Inservice Training or Public Training Event, and a 2h course when delivered by Webinar.