Play therapy is a specialized post-master’s training or certificate. However, it is highly unlikely that a certified play therapist will be present in each of your employment settings, although most of the agencies will have children as clients.
In this Discussion, you explain why it may be important for a family therapist to be familiar with play therapy techniques and suggest how you might bring play therapy into a family counseling session.
1. At least two reasons it is important for a family therapist to be familiar with play therapy techniques.
2. Give an example of a case in which it might be appropriate to use play therapy in a family session.
Webb, N. B. (2019). Social work practice with children (4th ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter 7, “Individual Play Therapy”
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Davis, E. S., & Pereira, J. K. (2014). Child-centered play therapy: A creative approach to culturally competent counseling. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 9(2), 262–274. doi:10.1080/15401383.2014.892863
Taylor, D. D., & Bratton, S. C. (2014). Developmentally appropriate practice: Adlerian play therapy with preschool children. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 70(3), 205–219.
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