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.

6. Identify at least 3 play therapy activities for children with developmental delays.

7. Identify at least 3 play therapy techniques for children with sensory needs.

8. Identify 7 areas of sensory development.

9. Describe 3 Autplay play therapy activities.

10. Describe how trauma can impact development and 3 play therapy activities to address trauma.

11. Describe how attachment issues can impact development and 3 play therapy activities to address attachment.

Attachment and Neurobiology in Play Therapy

1. Define secure & non-secure attachment types.

2. Define how a client’s brain development impacts their ability to process information & make choices in play therapy.

3. Identify at least 2 evidence-based play therapy practices for attachment therapy.

4. Describe how a client & family’s culture, identity & history can impact attachment in play therapy.

5. Identify the 4 categories of Theraplay.

6. Identify and practice at least 4 Theraplay activities to use in session.

7. Define symptoms of attachment disorder issues and how these can be addressed, when appropriate, in play therapy.

8. Identify at least 2 leaders in the field of attachment and neurobiology.

9. Identify how personality disorders in children can develop based on trauma history and how this can be addressed in play therapy.

10. Describe the impact of attachment issues on brain development and how this can be addressed with children and families in play therapy.

Abuse, Trauma, and Grief in Play Therapy

1. Identify at least 2 evidence based play therapy interventions/theories for trauma.

2. Identify symptoms of a child who has experienced trauma.

3. Describe 3 play therapy interventions to use with trauma, abuse &/or grief.

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

5. Describe at least 3 facets of Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and play therapy techniques used with this model.

6. Explain the impact of trauma on a client’s cognitive functioning and how this can be addressed in play therapy.

7. Identify the ACES study and its impact on play therapy with children and families

8. Develop a template for a crisis/safety plan to be used with children and families.

9. Identify grief symptoms in children at different ages and how to address grief in play therapy.

10. Identify abuse symptoms in children at different ages and how to address abuse in play therapy.

11. Describe how EMDR and play therapy can be integrated in sessions.

12. Describe post-traumatic play in children and how this can be addressed in play therapy sessions.

Diverse Populations and Ethics in Play Therapy

1. Review & discuss APT’s Play Therapy Best Practices

2. Participate in role plays involving ethical decisions in play therapy.

3. Identify specific issues & approaches in play therapy for diverse populations, including, but not limited to LGBTQ, illegal immigrants, religious or spiritual affiliation & culture.

4. Identify at least 2 play therapy activities for families dealing with illegal immigration.

5. Identify at least 2 play therapy activities for children and families focusing on gender identity issues.

6. Identify at least 2 play therapy activities for children and families focusing on sexual orientation issues.

7. Identify at least 2 play therapy activities for children and/or families focusing on religious and/or spiritual beliefs.

8. Identify at least 2 play therapy activities for children and/or families focusing on Native American culture.

9. Identify at least 2 major issues for children and/or families and socio-economic status.

10. Participant will identify and discuss self-awareness in regards to issues when working with diverse children and/or families in play therapy.

Expressive Arts in Play Therapy

1. Describe at least 3 modes of expressive arts used in play therapy.

2. Describe & demonstrate at least 3 expressive arts activities to be used in play therapy.

3. Participate in an individual expressive art activity to provide self-care for play therapists.

4. Describe how a client’s culture, identity & history can be addressed through expressive arts in play therapy.

5. Describe 2 play therapy activities integrating photography.

6. Describe 2 play therapy activities integrating dance.

7. Describe 2 play therapy activities integrating art.

8. Describe 2 play therapy activities integrating videography.

9. Describe 2 play therapy activities integrating puppets.

10. Describe 2 play therapy activities integrating journal writing.

11. Describe 2 play therapy activities integrating yoga/tai chi/ mindfulness.

12. Describe 2 play therapy activities integrating clay or playdough