Play is one of the principal ways in which children develop understanding, explore conflict and rehearse emotional and social skills.
For children, toys are the words, and play is the language in which they process, digest, and express their emotions. In this way, play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. Play is a natural part of childhood and is important in child development. Therapists use play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they are not able to find the words to express their feelings. The positive and trusting relationship that develops between therapist and child during play therapy sessions provides a safe emotional experience necessary for healing.
Counselors attending this in-person event will:
• Learn more about play therapy - why it is beneficial and specifically how play can be used in the therapeutic process
• Walk away with knowledge of the various different types of play therapy and how to select between different types and methods to suit a student’s needs.
• Understand ways in which play therapy can be implemented in the school setting to assist students demonstrating symptoms of anxiety, depression, anger/ aggression as well as neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.