Course Objectives

Therapeutic Counseling for Children, Adults and Families!

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Infrastructure of Play Therapy

1. Identify materials needed to set up a play therapy room or assemble a portable play therapy kit.

2. Identify the differences between directive & non-directive play therapy.

3. Describe how a client’s culture, identity & history can impact play therapy.

4. Demonstrate an ability to perform basic play therapy facilitation skills using interventions presented through role play & small group activities.

5. Identify the stages of play and how this information is integrated into providing play therapy.

6. Develop information to provide education to families regarding play therapy.

7. Practice explaining play therapy to families, both adults and children.

8. Identify at least 3 ways to educate others about the importance and impact of play therapy.

9. Identify how to set limits in the playroom.

10. Design a portable play therapy collection.

11. Describe the importance of the therapeutic relationship.

12. Describe the process and importance of termination in play therapy.

Theories of Play Therapy

1. Identify at least 3 different theories of play therapy.

2. Identify the theory of play therapy that best fits your overall philosophy.

3. Identify what method of play therapy may be most effective for trauma &/or attachment work.

4. Identify at least 5 approaches to coping with work stressors to avoid burnout for play therapists.

5. Identify at least 3 reliable resources to use for locating reliable and accurate research.

6. Describe 3 aspects of at least 3 different theories in play therapy.

7. Define prescriptive play therapy.

8. Identify and discuss themes present in children’s play in play therapy.

9. Describe a child that may not be appropriate for play therapy.

10. Identify effective ways to provide self-care & prevent burnout. 

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Diagnosis, Assessment & Treatment Planning in Play Therapy

1. Identify diagnoses that may be appropriate for play therapy.

2. Identify at least 3 play therapy assessment techniques.

3. Describe play therapy goals & objectives for a client based on their history & presenting issues.

4. Describe how a client’s culture, identity & history can impact diagnosis, assessment & treatment planning in play therapy.

5. Describe critical components for case studies in play therapy.

6. Identify components for diagnosis for children ages 0-5.

7. Describe components of play therapy note documentation.

8. Identify play-based assessments to assist in diagnosis.

9. Identify & develop information to use in educating parents and others about play therapy.

10. Identify how to assess and communicate client’s progress in play therapy.

11. Identify techniques to build the therapist’s relationship with children in play therapy.

Sand Trays and Storytelling Basics

1. Describe how to set up, conduct & process a sandtray as part of a play therapy session.

2. Describe the purpose of categories of miniatures in play and sandtray therapy & discuss issues regarding selection.

3. Describe how a client’s culture, identity & history can impact sandtray & storytelling work in play therapy.

4. Identify history & theory of sandtrays in play therapy.

5. Identify common themes in the sandtray process.

6. Identify sandtray interventions to use in play therapy with different populations.

7. Engage in group sandtray activities in play therapy.

8. Identify the differences between sandtray & sandplay.

9. Identify how sandtray activities can be utilized in play therapy sessions with families & individuals.

10. Identify age/developmental expectations for using sandtray in play therapy.

11. Participate in a sandtray practice session.

Multigenerational and Family Play Therapy​

1. Describe how a family’s culture, identity & history can impact family play therapy.

2. Identify at least 2 play therapy techniques that can be used with infant/toddlers

3. Identify at least 2 play therapy techniques that can be used with preschoolers

4. Identify at least 2 play therapy techniques that can be used with middle-age children.

5. Identify at least 2 play therapy techniques that can be used with adolescents.

6. Identify at least 2 play therapy techniques that can be with families.

7. Identify at least 2 play therapy techniques that can be used with adults.

8. Describe a play therapy assessment activity to use with a family & how the assessment can be used to plan for family sessions.

9. Recognize & discuss how to work with resistance in play therapy with families.

10. Identify at least 2 play therapy techniques to improve communication within families.

11. Describe at least 2 facets of Filial Play Therapy.

12. Describe at least 2 facets of CPRT.

13. Identify developmentally appropriate expectation of children for their age and their developmental age.

​Developmental Delays, Autism, and Sensory Needs in Play Therapy

1. Describe at least 2 researchers who have developed specific play therapy based techniques for this population.

2. Identify developmental stages of play.

3. Identify red flags for developmental delays.

4. Describe causes of how a client may be developmentally delayed in different developmental areas and how that impacts play therapy.

5. Identify adjusted vs. maladjusted play.