The History of Play Therapy: 120 Years of Helping Children

Topics: Play Therapy, Children, Teens

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

3 CE Hours
$129.99 $69.99
The History of Play Therapy: 120 Years of Helping Children 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:
Note: This course offers 3 CE and Association of Play Therapy 3 CE non-contact credits.

APT Primary Focus Area(s):
Play Therapy History: 3 CE
Total Play Therapy CE Hours: 3 CE

Come and learn the rich history of play therapy, including the history of childhood and how multiple societies and cultures have regarded children throughout history, how the field of play therapy was born and its evolution over the last 120 years.

In this delightful training experience, you’ll begin your journey through the history of play therapy by looking at more ancient times and the place children held. You’ll then walk through the late 19th century leading you along the winding and branching path showing how play therapy has developed.

This course will lead you all the way to today’s current and cutting edge trends in the field of play therapy. 
Original recording date: January 11, 2021 Length: 3 hours
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the beginnings of how child therapy came about at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Name 7 historical figures that influenced the field of play therapy from the psychoanalytical movement.
  • List 4 historical and current names of well known humanistic and non-directive theorists in play therapy.
  • Describe prescriptive play therapy.
  • Name three approaches to play therapy and list 2 play therapy theoretical orientations that fall under each approach.

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    Courtney, J. (Ed.). (2020b). Infant Play Therapy. Routledge,https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429453083

    Gaskill, R. L., & Perry, B. D. (2017). The neurobiological power of play: Using theneurosequential model of therapeutics to guide play in the healing process. In C. A.Malchiodi & D. A. Crenshaw (Eds.), Creative arts and play therapy for attachmentproblems (pp. 178-196). Guilford Press

    Hoffman L. (2017). Un homme manque: Freud's engagement with Alfred Adler's masculineprotest: Commentary on Balsam. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.2017;65(1):99-108. . http://doi.org/10.1177/0003065117690351

    Lilly, J & Heiko, R. (2019, September). Jungian Analytical Play Therapy. Play Therapy, 14(3),40-42.

    O’Connor, K. J., Schaefer, C. E., & Braverman, L. D. (2016). Handbook of play therapy. JohnWiley & Sons.

    O’Connor, K. & Vega, C. (2019). Ecosystemic play therapy. Play Therapy, 14(3), 32-34.

    Seymour, J. W. (2016). An introduction to the field of play therapy. In K. J. O'Connor, C. E.Schaefer, & L. D. Braverman, (Eds.), Handbook of play therapy (2nd Eds.) (pp. 3-15).John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated

    Shelby, J., & Campos, K. G. (2011). Cognitive-behavioral play therapy for traumatizedchildren. Integrative Play Therapy, 105-128. http://doi.org/10.1002/9781118094792.ch7

    Wonders, L. L. (2020). Play therapy for children with selective mutism. In H. G. Kaduson, D.Cangelosi, & C. E. Schaefer (Eds.), Prescriptive play therapy: Tailoring interventions forspecific childhood problems (pp. 92–104). The Guilford Press

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

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    Passing Score and Retest Policy:
    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 3 CE Hour(s) (Non-contact).

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    The History of Play Therapy: 120 Years of Helping Children

    The History of Play Therapy: 120 Years of Helping Children

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



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    Abigail Fritz Graduate Student M.Ed

    I really enjoyed the course. It was long, and I got a lot out of it. I learned a lot about new theorist that have not been mentioned in my graduate program. Overall it was a great experience!

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    Katie Ducklow, MSW, LICSW

    This was a thorough and well-designed training. I appreciated how the instructor weaved together a vast amount of history and information to help bring significance and understanding to how it relates to the play therapy field today.

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    Katie Ducklow, MSW, LICSW
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    Very well researched. Some unexpected historical information, which was engaging.

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    The training is professional and the instructor is professional, talented, and a good communicator

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    Makayla Fitchett, MSW

    This training was amazing. It helped me understand the foundations of play therapy and how it all connects. I usually don't do well with learning history, but this training kept my attention and focus. I feel excited and encouraged to continue to learn about play therapy theories, models, and interventions.

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    Candice Tillman, LPC-S

    The instructor did very well in presenting a topic that typically would be boring. She made it interesting!

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    Candice Tillman, LPC-S
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    It was a joy to sit back and soak up so much of Lynn's knowledge and passion for the history of play therapy!

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