The California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy Presents
Involving Caregivers and Families in the Play Therapy Process:
Why, How, and Which Cases
Sarah Wright, MFT, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
Saturday, 2/11/23 – 10:00am- 5:30pm PST
6 CEs In Person
* APT Members: $99 ($89 before 1/20) with coupon code APTMEM
* Non Members: $119 ($99 before 1/20)
Location: The City of San Diego College-Rolando Library
Community Room, 6600 Montezuma Road San Diego, CA 92115
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This course imparts to play therapists approaches to working with parents and caregivers to best support treatment of children engaged in play therapy from the very first phone contact through the conclusion of treatment. We examine many clinical considerations that inform how and when to involve parents in play therapy sessions and how and when to address parenting and behavioral concerns. Common clinical challenges to working with caregivers are addressed, including work with foster- and adoptive-parents, caregivers low in psychological-mindedness, caregivers with high levels of frustration or anger, and caregivers in high-conflict, separated, divorced, and blended families, and related legal and ethical considerations.
“Parenting is the hardest job in the world” (Goodyear-Brown, 2020, p. 1). With that as a jumping off point, it is important that play therapists are able to effectively communicate with the caregivers who are reaching out for help. Many parents are reaching out amidst their own struggles. According to Chen, Roller, and Kottman (2021), out of 130 countries and territories researched, the United States has the highest rate of single-parent households in the world. This is just one of many stressors that can occur in families who seek a play therapist’s help. It is important to develop a foundation of trust and safety with the caregivers before learning and real change can occur. As Bornsheuer, J. and Watts, R., (2012) state, when parents view the parenting consultation as threatening, they are likely to be hesitant to make any changes. Therefore, it is key that play therapists help parents see themselves as partners in the counseling process in helping their child. It is the goal of this workshop to help play therapists be able to explain the play therapy process in a clear way, what a play therapist does, limitations of play therapy, and communicate meaningful feedback that can assist in helping children and their families.
Sarah Wright LMFT, RPT-S has been in the private practice setting utilizing play therapy since 2017 in the San Diego area. During this time, Sarah has taken on local roles in the California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) San Diego Chapter and has moved into roles of President–elect, President, and currently Immediate past–president of the CALAPT state board. From 2011-2017, Sarah worked with children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services and assisted children in adjusting into their new home environments as well as assist the caregivers in assisting the children to acclimate under often difficult dynamics.
- Financial: Sarah Wright receives a speaking honorarium from the California Branch of The Association of Play Therapy. Sarah has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
- Non-financial: Sarah Wright is the immediate past president of the California Branch of The Association of Play Therapy.
- Participants will be able to list the beginning stages of involving caregivers in the play therapy process, including educating parents about the process and efficacy of play therapy based in the therapist’s treatment model and helping caregivers prepare children for the first play therapy session.
- Participants will describe means of preserving the play therapy process with caregivers and parents who have a primary focus on behavioral concerns and how and when to discuss behavioral and parenting issues.
- Participants will describe at least one approach to provide empathic support, insight, and psychoeducation to caregivers about issues they raise concerning their children’s needs, symptoms, and behaviors.
- Participants will be able to identify at least two potential risks in the treatment of children of high-conflict, separated, divorced, and blended families and parameters to preserve the sanctity of the play therapy process for these children.
- Participants will be able to identify case considerations used to determine the relative benefits of providing family play therapy vs. individual play sessions in conjunction with parent sessions.
- Participants will identify the variables that inform decisions about how much information to share about children’s play therapy themes and dramas with parents and caregivers.
- Participants will be able to demonstrate through discussion the laws and ethics concerning minor clients’ confidentiality in play therapy and involvement of their parents and caregivers.
10:00 Discuss concerns about involving caregivers in the play therapy process
10:30 Discuss the importance of involving caregivers
11:15 Discuss how to engage caregivers in the play therapy process
12 Utilizing play therapy theory to work with caregivers
2 Legal considerations when involving caregivers in the play therapy process
3 Utilizing Adlerian Play Therapy theory to provide example of following a theory model when involving caregivers
4 Communicating effectiveness of play therapy to concerned caregivers
4 Caregiver toolkit
Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit per day for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs and LPCC’s. The California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider # 00-094). The California Association for Play Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The California Association for Play Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.
Who Should Attend: Social Workers, Marriage, Family & Child Therapists, School Counselors, Psychologists, Students, and Interns.
Instructional Level: Intermediate – requires a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of play therapy.
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