Meaningful Moments in Play Therapy
This presentation will invite the participant along the therapeutic journey of one child, over the course of three years of treatment. The case example will show the ways in which the child uses symbolism and metaphor to make sense of her internal world and slowly feel free to be herself.
Presenter: Rosie Newman, LMHC, RPT-S
Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
Time: 10am – 1:15pm
*CEs applicable to those working towards the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential (APT-Approved Provider #18-545). (Tips for gaining your RPT) This program has been approved for CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work as well.
APT Approved Provider 18-545
Children naturally engage in play to help organize and make sense of their world. A trained play therapist looks beyond the content of the play behaviors to understand the meaning behind the child’s play through symbolism and metaphor. For those not trained in play therapy, it can be difficult to understand this language and to see play, not as random and meaningless, but rather intentional and meaningful. Even for the trained play therapist, it can be difficult to ‘trust the process’ in the face of therapeutic challenges and believe in the child’s innate ability to heal through play.
This presentation will invite the participant along the therapeutic journey of one child, over the course of three years of treatment. The case example will show the ways in which the child uses symbolism and metaphor to make sense of her internal world and slowly feel free to be herself. Each meaningful moment with this child, will be threaded together to make a cohesive story that will illuminate key aspects of Child Centered Play Therapy theory, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, symbolic expression and the value of the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for growth and change in the play therapy encounter.
Participants will be able to:
1. Describe a framework for understanding directive versus non-directive play therapy and identify when therapist intervention may be clinically indicated
2. Apply Axline’s 8 Basic principles of play therapy into practice
3. Observe the course of treatment for a child receiving long term play therapy, and through example, will learn to recognize the value of symbolism and metaphor in children’s play
4. Apply the format and principles used in the example treatment plan provided for creating Child Centered Play Therapy treatment plans in practice
Rosie Newman, LMHC, RPT-S is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist—Supervisor and founder of Seattle Play Therapy, PLLC. Rosie was branch president of the WA Association for Play Therapy in 2013. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Seattle chapter of A Home Within, a national non-profit that provides free long-term psychotherapy to foster youth.