Via live interactive webinar
Note: This online event has been approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) for 3 CE Hours (non-contact) and meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar." See below for full details and APT site for their new policies as of July 1, 2022. Up to 40 "Live Webinar" credits are accepted for renewal. Course is limited to 50 attendees only. Once capacity is met, course will be unavailable for purchase.
Group play therapy enables busy therapists with scarce resources to work with more clients in a shorter amount of time, while capitalizing on the many benefits that groups have to offer. This dynamic and practical webinar will equip play therapists with the tools needed to run successful children’s therapy groups in a variety of settings including schools, mental health agencies, and in-patient units. Issues covered will include:
- Guidelines for developing successful play therapy groups
- Fun icebreakers to increase group cohesion
- Strategies to encourage participation among all group members, including resistant children and teens
- Ideas for encouraging meaningful group interactions
- Techniques for managing challenging behaviours
- Innovative activities for group termination
Both beginning and seasoned group facilitators will walk away with new and innovative activities and solutions to common challenges inherent in play therapy groups.
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- List at least 3 key guidelines to consider when developing play therapy groups
- Describe 4 strategies to address common challenges in play therapy groups including engaging resistant participants and managing challenging behaviors
- Implement at least five play therapy techniques for use in children’s groups including icebreakers, psychoeducational activities, and termination activities
Sources and Resources (click to expand):
Dillman Taylor, D., Meany-Walen, K. K., Nelson, K. M., & Gungor, A. (2019). Investigating group Adlerian play therapy for children with disruptive behaviors: A single-case research design. International Journal of Play Therapy, 28(3), 168–182. https://doi.org/10.1037/pla0000094
Epel N, Zohar AA, Artom A, Novak AM, Lev-Ari S. The Effect of Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy on Children's Self-Esteem. Children (Basel). 2021 Oct 24;8(11):958. doi: 10.3390/children8110958. PMID: 34828671; PMCID: PMC8617969.
Haen, C., & Aronson, S. (2017). Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group therapy: A practitioner's reference. Routledge.
Melero S, Morales A, Espada JP, Méndez X, Orgilés M. Effectiveness of Group vs. Individual Therapy to Decrease Peer Problems and Increase Prosociality in Children. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Apr 9;18(8):3950. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18083950. PMID: 33918640; PMCID: PMC8069038.
Mellenthin, C., Stone, J., Grant, R. (Eds.) (2022). Implementing play therapy with groups. Routledge.
Nøvik TS, Haugan AJ, Lydersen S, et al. Cognitive-behavioural group therapy for adolescents with ADHD: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2020;10(3):e032839.
Sweeney, D., Baggerly, J., and Ray, D. (2014). Group play therapy: A dynamic approach. Routledge.
3 CE Live Online Contact Hour(s)
Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same credit status as live in person by New York, Maryland and many other State boards. Please confirm with your local board.
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 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167. Note: This course provides 3 Contact Hour(s) live online credits (via interactive webinar).
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 via reciprocity by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.
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