This experiential workshop will invite play therapists and other clinicians to explore their own creativity and imagination as they look at the benefits of integrating play therapy and other expressive therapies (art, sand, drama) into clinical practice.
This workshop will provide ample room for participants to participate in play and other expressive activities, with a focus on successful integration and implementation.
There is substantive evidence that play, art, and other expressive methods allow clients to sidestep well-established defensive mechanisms, activate the body-mind connection, and enliven and reshape relational interactions and connections.
Clinicians attending this workshop will gain not only a new repertoire of play therapy and other expressive interventions, but also feel prepared to tap into their own creativity to design novel invitations for their clients.
During each day of this workshop, play therapists and other participants will have a chance to engage in an expressive play therapy activity and discuss the clinical application of those activities.
Finally, this workshop is designed to allow each clinician to work from his or her theoretical model of play therapy and integrate accordingly. An emphasis will be placed on providing expressive therapies in an economic way, without expensive toys, and learning about adapting materials that might already be available in any clinical setting.
Come to this workshop with your therapeutic curiosity and willingness to explore play therapy and other expressive approaches, and a value of the importance of laughter and play in a therapeutic relationship.
During this workshop, the 20 central change agents of play therapy will be highlighted, and basic principles of play and other expressive therapies will also be defined.