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Play Therapy Basics & Beyond
World of Divorce


Play Therapy Basics and Beyond (February 2013)

Join us for this exceptional 4-day introductory course in play therapy, facilitated by Dawn Williamson, LCSW, RPT-S. This training is for the beginning play therapist. This is a perfect training for someone working toward their Registered Play Therapist certification, as many of the required components will be included. The course is set up as a four day consecutive training for graduate level students and has been approved as a three credit graduate level class through Portland State University. Professionals can also take the course for CEUs, APT, and NASW CEU credits. 

Dawn Williamson, LCSW, RPT-S, has a private practice, works in the Linfield College counseling department, is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University's school of social work, and teaches in the Trauma-Informed Services Program at PSU. 

Day 1
Introduction; Experiential Learning and the Parallel Process; What is Play?; Play Definitions; History of Play; Review of Child Development; Developmentally Appropriate Play; Play Activities; History of Play Therapy; Prominent Historical Figure within the Field of Play Therapy; Current Theorists; Play Therapy Toys; Play Therapy Rooms; Experiential Play Activities.

Day 2
Theoretical Foundation; Child Centered Play Therapy; Psychoanalytic Play Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy; Developmental Play Therapy; Case Studies and Examples; Play Therapy Techniques and Experiential Learning. Homework Assingment: videotape play sessions and read from assigned packet.

Day 3
Theroretical Foundation continued; Jungian Play Therapy; Gestalt Play Therapy; Filial Therapy; Adlerian Play Therapy; Case Studies; Play Therapy Teachniques and Experiential Learning. Review homework assingment. 

Day 4
Cultural Considerations; Making Play Therapy Rooms Inclusive and Multi-Cultural; Working with Chidlren of Differing Abilities; Ethical Considerations; Videotaped Play Therapy Sessions; Association for Play Therapy and becoming a Registered Play Therapist. 

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