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Digital Seminar

Play Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults: Techniques to move beyond talk therapy and "Play It Out"

Cathy Bissett, MBA, MA, PSYD
6 Hours 33 Minutes
Jun 08, 2016
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  • 30 Techniques for children, adolescents and adults
  • Recognize and apply metaphors
  • Mindfulness in play therapy
  • Effective techniques for ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Abuse

Play Therapy is not just a useful therapeutic method for children, it is also a preferred way of expression for adolescents and adults. Watch this recording and explore how you can use play therapy techniques with any client, regardless of age or symptom. Learn proven techniques appropriate to your client’s stage in life, behavioral or emotional issues, and disorders. You will leave with a toolbox filled with Play Therapy techniques that you can use immediately with clients of all ages, including:

  • Over 30 cutting-edge techniques for clients of all ages
  • What techniques to apply to Anxiety, ADHD, anger, trauma and abuse.
  • Metaphors and understanding of the meaning of your client’s play
  • What a session should look like

Join Dr. Cathy Bissett as she shows you how effective Play Therapy is for development, communication, social-emotional skills and improving behavioral health.


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  • Recognize the metaphors that a client presents to you and modify them into working, functional strategies.
  • Select the best techniques, depending upon the presenting issue.
  • Apply 30 techniques appropriate to the client’s stage of development.
  • Define, formulate and expand your own working schema of play therapy principles.
  • Apply the concept of scaffolding in play therapy regardless of age.
  • Describe the difference between your client’s cognitive understanding and emotionally driven change.


Play Therapy

  • Assessment and Diagnoses
  • Identify Themes
  • Age Appropriate Play
  • What techniques are Best for What disorders
  • Play In and Out of the Play Room
  • Recognizing the Schema
  • What a Session Looks Like

Integrate Play into Practice

  • Playing the Brain
  • Use of Sensory Information
  • Mind/Body Connection
  • Brain Re-mapping
  • The Well-Equipped Play Room
  • The Therapist as Collaborator

Play Therapy for Children

  • Children’s Metaphors
  • Identification
  • Scaffolding
  • Reframing
  • Reassessment

10 Techniques for Children

  1. Art
  2. Sand Tray
  3. Parallel Play
  4. Reciprocal Play (I-spy)
  5. Animals
  6. Modeling
  7. Scaffolding
  8. Rewards
  9. Alliance development
  10. Make believe

Play Therapy for Adolescents

  • Adolescent Metaphors
  • Identification
  • Personal myths
  • Peer and external influences
  • Scaffolding
  • Reframing
  • Reversion and Reassessment

10 Techniques for Adolescents

  1. Sharing “language”
  2. Dress codes
  3. Synchronicity and mirroring neurons: the continuous feedback loop; animals
  4. Silence: where no one has gone before.
  5. Respect
  6. Slowing the process
  7. Write it down!
  8. Expect and demand
  9. Know their culture
  10. Never let them see you sweat; risk.

Play Therapy for Adults

  • Adult Metaphors
  • Identification
  • Exploration
  • When, Where, What, How and Why Support
  • Change and Reframe
  • Evolution

10 Techniques for Adults

  1. Sand tray
  2. Symbols
  3. Art
  4. Animals
  5. Reciprocity
  6. Identification and re-establishment of Values Systems
  7. Amateur Hour
  8. Saving Face
  9. Refuge and Truth Telling
  10. Search and Destroy: Love IS enough

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Play Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals

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