play therapy Archive

How to Start a Play Therapy Case

ARGGHH!  So, you’re a therapist that just got assigned your first case with a child.  You’ve learned about play therapy and plan on continuing to get training to become a Registered Play Therapist … but you have

Questions Child-Centered Play Therapists Should Ask Themselves …

  Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is all about trust in the child to discover, learn, and grow on their own.  It is essential to this mode of treatment to focus on the CHILD … not the

What Children Learn in Play Therapy

Maybe you’re a parent thinking about giving play therapy a try with your child … or maybe you’re a therapist questioning how “just playing” with a child could possible help.  Here are some great reminders about what

The Relationship: the key to play therapy

The key to play therapy is not the toys or therapeutic techniques.  It is the relationship.  Play therapy works because of the RELATIONSHIP that the therapist forms with the child.  A relationship like no other; a therapist

Play Therapy Awareness Week!

This week is Play Therapy Awareness Week (February 3rd-7th).  I’d love for you to spread the word about Play Therapy.  Here are some ways you can do so … Check out the Association for Play Therapy’s website

Play of Adjusted and Maladjusted Children

As I was reviewing the required text, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship (3rd Ed)“, by Garry Landreth, for the Psychotherapy with Children course I am teaching this trimester, I was reminded of the basic differences between

What is PLAY? The Importance and Power of Play

If you enjoyed these photos, PLEASE check out my video with more photos and quotes on the Importance and Power of Play! And here are some wonderful resources on the Importance and Power of Play … podcast

Principles of Play: from Chazan

This image summarizes 2 pages of Chazan’s book on play therapy where she outlines the principles of play.  I wanted to share it with you because it encompasses many reasons why play is SO important for children.

What makes PLAY therapeutic?

Play therapy?  Many people ask how can “just” playing help?  What makes PLAY therapeutic? Well, over the next few days I will post on different dimensions of what exactly play is, why it’s important, and how it

Principles for Relationships with Children

In preparing for the start of the Psychotherapy with Children course that I’m teaching at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, I decided to make a visual of Garry Landreth’s Principles for Relationships with Children.   While creating

20 Ways for Play Therapists to Increase the Experience of Effective Moments in Play Therapy

The following is a culmination of the results from my dissertation research, “The Therapist’s Experience of Effective Moments in Play Therapy.”  I believe it is helpful for all play therapists, beginners or veterans, to review often to

How I Get Kids to Leave My Office … a transition activity

One-on-one time with an adult in a room filled with toys and very little restrictions?  What kid would want to leave!! Ending a play therapy session can be a bit tricky at times, but I have found