Getting to Know You: Building Rapport in Play Therapy

Topics: Play Therapy, Rapport

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

2 CE Hours
$69.99 $39.99
Getting to Know You: Building Rapport in Play Therapy 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):
Seminal Theories: 1 CE
Skills and Methods: 1 CE
Total Play Therapy CE Hours: 2 CE

The relationship and connection between therapist and child client is the essential and foundational piece to effective play therapy according to Dr. Garry Landreth and the 8 principles of Virginia Axline. The process of establishing that necessary foundational rapport while allowing for ample opportunity for the therapist to assess and conceptualize the child’s presenting issues and context therein can be achieved effectively with a balance of child-centered play therapy along with facilitative play-based interventions and techniques. 
Original recording date: 9/20/2019 Length: 120 min
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the foundational basis of child centered theoretical orientation and meaningful, authentic application.
  • Describe the most recent research that supports empirical establishment of efficacy of child centered play therapy.
  • Name 5 ways play serves as an agent of change and growth in terms of forming and maintaining relationship in the play therapy process.
  • Name 10 elements of the rapport-building process including Axline’s 8 principles of play therapy.
  • List at least 10 ice-breaking and initial assessment play-based techniques to assist in establishing the therapeutic relationship. 
    Axline, V. M. (2013).Play therapy. United States: Hesperides Press.

    Bratton, S. C. (2015). The Empirical Support for Play Therapy: Strengths and Limitations.Handbook of Play Therapy, 651–668. doi: 10.1002/9781119140467.ch35

    Glover, G., & Landreth, G. L. (2015). Child-Centered Play Therapy.Handbook of Play Therapy, 93–118. doi: 10.1002/9781119140467.ch5

    Knell, S. M. (2004). Cognitive-behavioral play therapy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Kramer, R. (2019). The “Birth” of Client-Centered TherapyThe Birth of Relationship Therapy, 91–97. doi: 10.30820/9783837974690-91

    Landreth, G. L. (2012). Play therapy: The Art of the Relationship. New York, NY: Routledge.

    Lin, Y.-W., & Bratton, S. C. (2015). A Meta-Analytic Review of Child-Centered Play Therapy Approaches.Journal of Counseling & Development,93(1), 45–58. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2015.00180.x

    Pipe, T. B. (2014). Fundamentals of Client-Therapist Rapport. Fundamentals of Hand Therapy, 151–162. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-323-09104-6.00013-4

    Ray, D. C. (2011). Advanced play therapy: essential conditions, knowledge, and skills for child practice. London: Routledge.

    Schaefer, C. E. (1993). The Therapeutic powers of play. Northvale, NJ: J. Aronson.

    Schaefer, C. E., & Drewes, A. A. (2015). Prescriptive Play Therapy. Handbook of Play Therapy, 227–240. doi: 10.1002/9781119140467.ch10

    Smith, P. K. (2009). Children and Play. doi: 10.1002/9781444311006 Support, C. W. (2017, April 19). Icebreaker Activities for Children in Therapy. Retrieved from https://childswork.com/blogs/childswork-childsplay-blog/best-icebreaker-activities-for-children-and-youth-therapy  

    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: Note: This course provides 2 contact hour(s) self-study credits. 

    Core Wellness, LLC is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for all programs. Our credits are accepted by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.

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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 X CE Hour(s) (Non-contact).

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    Getting to Know You: Building Rapport in Play Therapy

    Getting to Know You: Building Rapport in Play Therapy

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



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    Jenna Meyerberg, PhD, LPC

    As a therapist specializing in treating children, this training was invaluable. Lynn Louise Wonders is an expert in her field and made the workshop engaging, tangible, and and worthwhile. I left the workshop with techniques I could use turnkey in my practice.

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    Jenna Meyerberg, PhD, LPC
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    Great session and very enjoyable.

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    She was very engaging and provided a wealth of knowledge.

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