Directive Play Therapy Techniques

Topics: Play Therapy, History/Seminal, Directive Play

Audience: Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)

2 CE Hours
$69.99 $39.99
Directive Play Therapy Techniques On-demand Course
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Lynn Louise Wonders

Noted Play Therapist/Trainer

Lynn Louise Wonders is a licensed professional counselor and certified professional counselor supervisor in the state of Georgia and a registered play therapist-supervisor. Lynn has been providing play therapy services for children and families since 2001 and has been providing play therapy training, supervision and consultation since 2010. She is an author and editor of multiple publications in the fields of child & family counseling and play therapy and . She is a Certified AutPlay Therapist, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, Certified Mindfunless-based Play Therapist, and Certified in Neuropsychotherapy. Visit: www.WondersCounseling.com    

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Course Overview

Via recorded webinar
Course Description:
APT Primary Focus Area(s):
Skills and Methods: 2 CE
Total Play Therapy CE Hours: 2 CE

This course provides therapists with an overview of the nature of directive play therapy along with theoretical foundations and specific interventions and techniques for implementation as part of a goal directed play therapy treatment plan. It includes a clear treatment plan development as well as actionable directive play therapy techniques that can be applied.

 The course includes .5 hours of seminal and historical theory and 1.5 hours of play therapy interventions and techniques.

Original recording date: November 11, 2020 Length: 2:04 hours
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe how directive play therapy differs from child centered play therapy.
  • Name 5 clinical reasons a therapist might use directive play therapy techniques.
  • List 20 directive play therapy interventions.
  • Identify 5 appropriate directive play therapy techniques to the play therapy treatment plan in a case scenario.
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    Drewes, A., & Schaefer, C.E. (2014). Introduction: How ply therapy causes therapeutic change. In Schaefer C. E. & Drewes A. (Eds.), The therapeutic powers of play: 20 core agents of change (pp. 1–8). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

    Giordano, M., Landreth, G., & Jones, L. (2005). A practical handbook for building the play therapy relationship. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.

    Hambidge, G. (1955). Structured play therapy. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 25(1), 601–617.

    Homeyer, L.E., & Morrison, M.O. (2008). Play therapy practice, issues, and trends. American Journal of Play, 1, 210–228.

    Jones, K.D., Casado, M., & Robinson, E.H. (2003). Structured play therapy: A model for choosing topics and activities. International Journal of Play Therapy, 12, 31–37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/h0068870

    Kenney-Noziska, S., Schaefer, C., & Homeyer, L. (2012). Beyond directive or nondirective: Moving the conversation forward. International Journal of Play Therapy, 21(4), 244–252. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028910

    Knell, S.M. (1997). Cognitive-behavioral play therapy. In O’Connor K. J. & Braverman L. M. (Eds.), Play therapy theory and practice: A comparative presentation (pp. 79–99). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

    Kottman, T. (2003). Partners in play: An Adlerian approach to play therapy (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

    Kottman, T. (2011). Play therapy: Basics and beyond (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

    Landreth, G.L. (2012). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.

    Levy, D.M. (1939). Trends in therapy III: Release therapy. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 9, 713–736.

    Nash, J.B., & Schaefer, C.E. (2011). Play therapy: Basic concepts and practice. In Schaefer C. E. (Ed.), Foundations of play therapy (2nd ed., pp. 3–14). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

    Peterson, D., & Boswell, J. (2015). Play therapy in a natural setting: A case example. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 10, 62–76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2014.935545

    Rasmussen, L.A., & Cunningham, C. (1995). Focused play therapy and non-directive play therapy: Can they be integrated?. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 4, 1–20.

    Sloves, R.E., & Peterlin, K.B. (1994). Time-limited play therapy. In O’Connor K. J. & Schaefer C. E. (Eds.), Handbook of play therapy: Advances and innovations (pp. 27–60). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

    CE Details:
    2 CE recorded webinar contact hour(s)

    Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569, for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167 and for psychologists #PSY-0236. Note: This course provides 2 Clinical contact hour(s) self-study credits. 

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    Completing the video and achieving a posttest score of 80% or above is required to receive CE award. Open material permitted and one can retest unlimited times. Upon passing, we will email you a completion certificate within one business day. If failed, we will email you a retest in the same timeframe.

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    Financial Declarations:
    The presenter and Core Wellness hereby declare that no conflict of interest, competing interest, or commercial support for the CE program are present. Presenter receives compensation for program delivery and sales as well as sales of his/her personal books and products.

    APT Credits:
    This training is approved by APT Approved Provider #20-610 for X CE Hour(s) (Non-contact).

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    Directive Play Therapy Techniques

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    Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)



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    The instructor clearly has extensive experience in providing directive play therapy.

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    Very thoughtful, concise presentation. Held my attention and gave me a clearer understanding of directive play therapy

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