Let’s Play: Introduction to Play Therapy for Clinicians

This training is designed as an introduction to play therapy for mental health and behavioral health clinicians.  Participants will learn about play therapy interventions and techniques. We will cover the benefits of play therapy, explore the history and rationale of play therapy, and therapist’s role in the play room.  Play therapy techniques and activities will be explored and practiced.  Participants will be introduced to the toys and materials needed to set up a play therapy room, or assemble a portable play therapy kit.  Incorporating play therapy in multiple settings, limited setting in the play room, handling the unexpected, and cultural competence/sensitivity in play therapy will also be discussed.

Educational Objectives

At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • List benefits of play therapy for children, families, and groups.
  • Explore current research that recognizes the impact of play therapy.
  • Discuss both directive and non-directive play therapy techniques.
  • Identify materials needed to set up a play therapy room or assemble a portable play therapy kit.
  • Explore the role of the therapist in the play room.
  • Explain how to set limits and handle the unexpected in the play therapy room.
  • Apply play therapy interventions in multiple settings.

Presenter

Megan Hamm, LPC-S, RPT

Location

MSPHI

Date

Oct. 16, 2020

Time

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Presenter

Megan Hamm, LPC-S, RPT

Location

MSPHI