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Parents in the Play Therapy Process

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Effectively engaging parents/caregivers in the play therapy treatment process with children improves treatment outcomes.

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Involving parents in the play therapy process has demonstrated significant treatment success for children and sustained positive changes for the child. And yet, integrating parents effectively in the play therapy process is often a struggle for many mental health therapists working with children as they strive to find the best strategies for helping their young clients. This training will help participants establish a framework using the therapeutic powers of play for successfully including parents in the change process as therapeutic agents of change with their children. Participants will learn to establish therapeutic rapport with parents, learn how to communicate with them about their child’s progress, and create a framework for confidently integrating parents in the play therapy process.

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Participants will:

• Identify their goals for inclusion of parents in the play therapy process and when to include parents in the play therapy sessions

• Explain barriers to successfully engaging parents in the play therapy change process and identify strategies to overcome these barriers

• Explain the therapeutic powers of play to parents to help them become therapeutic agents of change for their child

• Identify strategies for effective communication with parents about the play therapy process and progress while maintaining the child’s confidentiality

40 minutes: Explain the concept of therapeutic agents of change and parents becoming “skills coaches” using the therapeutic powers of play with their children to help their child apply their skills into everyday life and maintain their positive changes. Discuss clinical decision-making process to determine how often and how parents need to be included in the play therapy process.

35 minutes: Group activity: Discuss challenges of engaging parents in the change process and how to overcome those challenges using therapeutic rapport. Identify how the therapeutic powers of play are a necessary part of the process for parents to be “skills coaches” with their children

45 minutes: Discuss participants’ goals for including parents in the play therapy process. Discuss strategies for engaging parents in the change process based on participants’ goals and developing skills to communicate effectively with parents. Activity: participants will identify their goals for including parents in the play therapy process and discuss how to explain progress to parents while maintaining client privacy

30 minutes: Activity: Participants will create a plan for increasing parental involvement in the change process and help parents become therapeutics of change

Approval for 2.5 continuing education credits:

  • Utah Chapter, NASW Approved for Category 1 and Category 3
  • Association for Play Therapy
    • Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals
    • Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time event is currently pending approval for 2.5 contact CE hours.

Participants must be present and visible for the entire training, complete an evaluation, and post-test with a 75% passing score to receive the continuing education hours.

For mental health professionals pursuing a Registered Play Therapy (RPT) certification, this training fits into Category 3: Play Therapy Skills and Methods. Here’s my rationale: the seminal and historically significant theories underlying this training are Child Centered Play Therapy/Humanistic and Ecosystemic/Prescriptive Play Therapy. Child Centered Play Therapy/Humanistic because use of the therapeutic relationship is critical for the change process. Ecosystemic/Prescriptive play therapy models provide a framework for integration of theories to individualize the interventions used to meet the needs of individual clients. This training uses these seminal and historically significant theories as the foundation for the inclusion of neuroscience to inform the treatment process and use interventions based on the needs of each client/family within a safe, strong therapeutic relationship.

Cost: $25 for the 2.5-hour training. There is an addition fee of $15 for continuing education credit.

Refund policy: Written notification must be provided to Cathi Spooner at cathispooner@gmail.com no later than 12/2/2020 midnight Pacific Time zone

About the Presenter:

Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S is passionate about helping families heal by empowering mental health professionals learn to successfully integrate play therapy and expressive arts into clinical practice with confidence and nurturing hearts so they can become experts in their field working with children, adolescents, and families And help families heal to create strong communities.

She has been providing mental health treatment to children, adolescents, and adults since 1992. Prior to obtaining her Masters of Social Work degress, she was a special educator teaching children with emotional disturbances since 1984. She's worked in outpatient mental health settings, intensive mental health services, substance abuse settings, and residential treatment settings. This vast experience has provided the experience and knowledge to help mental health professionals working in a variety of setting learn to confidently integrate play therapy and expressive arts into clinical practice with their clients. Her ability to break down concepts and help mental health professionals apply clinical decision-making strategies with their clients has helped mental healht professionals use play therapy and expressive arts effectivley with their clients. She has provided professional trainings to mental health professionals at the local, state, national, and international levels.

By participating in this training you consent to being recorded during the live training and receiving email notifications about the event and future events. You can unsubscribe at any time after the event or by providing notification to Cathi Spooner directly. Notifications about this event will only be provided via email therefore a valid email address is required.

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