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Play Therapy Basics & Beyond
World of Divorce


ORAPT Address Change

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Newberg, Oregon 97132


Filial Play Therapy Conference - FULL

It is important that we offer the best in our trainings. In order to keep the interaction level high, Marilyn has asked for a cap on the number of attendees. DUE TO THE FANTASTIC RESPONSE TO THIS WORKSHOP, REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you are interested in this particular workshop or another like it in the Willamette Valley, please send a note to the ORAPT board via the CONTACT tab. Thanks so much!

Presenter: Marilyn Syverson, LPC, RPT-S


Friday, February 3, 2012

9a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

1650 SW 45th Place
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Phone: 541·757·8068

Learning Objectives

1. Determine the appropriateness of filial therapy for a family and prepare and motivate parent and child for filial work.

2. Know the sequence of the steps in filial therapy and how to conduct each step including: the initial observation of parent and child, the initial observation of therapist and child and subsequent sessions with child and therapist and then child and parent.

3. Effectively conduct parent coaching segments to promote shifts in parenting and the child parent relationship.

4. Teach parents the five skills of the filial session: Structuring, Tracking, Reflecting Feelings, Dramatic Play, & Limit Setting.

5. Teach parents why the following are problematic and what to do instead: Teaching, Questioning, Praising, & Controlling.

6. Use parent handouts received in the training to further support parent learning.

7. Review books that can be very helpful in working with parents.

8. Observe and engage in role plays for much of the above.


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Play Therapy in Translation: Engaging Parents in the Play Therapy Process (September 2011)

Wendy Miller, Psy.D.
Portland, Oregon

Workshop Description
One of the most difficult facets of working with children in play therapy is how to best involve parents in the play therapy process. As a child therapist, a primary goal is to join in the child’s current emotional world. The question presents itself, is it possible to help parents be aware of that emotional world? What can the play therapist do to facilitate the parent’s ability to see their actual child, rather than their hopes, fears, and wishes for their child? From family play therapy, to dyadic work, to parent coaching and education, successful engagement of parents requires a translation of the play therapy process into an understandable and workable construct. This workshop will explore the many paths to parent involvement in the play therapy process and the emotional health of their child and family.
6 CEU hours


Learning Objectives

1. Enhance the intake process, handouts, homework and educational materials to increase parent rapport, trust and partnership with the play therapy process.
2. Develop a means of categorizing types of parent behaviors and their emotional causes which lead to difficulties in the parent child dance.
3. Learn about and observe several models of parent involvement, including post-session reporting, parent-child dyad in session, family play therapy, and parent coaching. The role of couple’s therapy will also be considered.
4. Develop a model to teach parents how to respond to their child’s emotional state, while maintaining their role as parent, and promoting the healthy structure of the family system.
5. Experience opportunities to observe and engage in role plays demonstrating the parent–therapist interaction, allowing for a more in-depth understanding of how to utilize parent strength and attachment to enhance the play therapy process.

morning agenda

  • Introductions, philosophy of therapy, and interests of the participants
  • Engaging the Parent from the Intake and Beyond!
  • Understanding Parent Behaviors and their Emotional Antecedents
  • Models of Parent Involvement
afternoon agenda
  • Parents are not therapists, how to help them attend to and see their child
  • Experiential demonstrations, as suggested by both presenter and participants.



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