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Digital Seminar

The Ethics of Touch in Child Psychotherapy & Play Therapy


Faculty:
Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S™
Duration:
2 Hours 38 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Aug 06, 2015
Product Code:
POS048975
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.


Description

There are policies and actions that you can put into practice now to protect yourself.

  • What if that simple caring hug you gave a child in a therapy session somehow triggered a report to your licensing board?
  • Do you know what to do when a child hits you during a session?
  • What about when a child tries to touch you inappropriately?

Dr. Janet Courtney in this engaging webcast explores these ethical considerations of touch including current research, cultural concerns, and the importance of touch to human development. Come away with over 20+ clinical and ethical best practice guidelines! Case examples are highlighted to demonstrate in-the-moment interventions with client populations (infants to teenagers) dealing with issues related to attachment, autism, ADHD, Sensory processing disorder, and physical and sexual abuse.

Get a sneak peek of the seminar:

Visit the PESI blog to learn the 10 types of touch identified by Dr. Janet Courtney that can happen during therapy if deemed developmentally appropriate.

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- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.

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Janet A Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S™, is founder of FirstPlay Therapy®. She is a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, TEDx Speaker and past Chair of the Association for Play Therapy Ethics and Practice Committee and past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy, FirstPlay Therapy was awarded third place overall in the Best Practices Showcase for FirstPlay Therapy at the First 1000 Days Infant Mental Health Summit (2018) along with the Children’s Healing Institute. She is author and editor of the following books: Infant Play Therapy: Foundations, Programs, Models and Practice, and Healing Child and Family Trauma through Expressive and Play Therapies: Art, Nature, Storytelling, Body & Mindfulness and Nature-based Play & Expressive Therapies: Interventions for Children, Teens and Families, and Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide. Her research in practitioner experiences of training in touch and Developmental Play Therapy is published in the American Journal of Art Therapy and the International Journal of Play Therapy. She is a contributing author in several books including Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the book Environmental Expressive Therapies (2017), and Play Therapy Supervision (2023). She is also published in the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture. She offers a certification in FirstPlay Therapy® and provides training to professionals in the Ethical and Clinical Competencies of Touch, FirstPlay® Therapy, Ericksonian-based StoryPlay®, Expressive Therapies, and Nature-based Play Therapy. She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally including Bali, Indonesia, the Cayman Islands, England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia and the Ukraine. She is a provider through the Florida state boards of Mental Health and Massage Therapy, and an approved provider through the Association for Play Therapy. She specializes in infant mental health and infant play therapy, attachment, and Trauma related issues. Dr. Courtney’s new form of Kinesthetic Storytelling® can be found in her children’s book, The Magic Rainbow. Website: www.firstplaytherapy.com

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Janet Courtney is founder of FirstPlay™ Therapy. She is in private practice and has employment relationships with Barry University and Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work. Dr. Courtney receives royalties as a published author and receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Janet Courtney is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, World Association for Infant Mental Health, and the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch.


Objectives

  1. State 10 different types of touch that can occur in a therapy session.
  2. Demonstrate four ways to evaluate for a child’s psychosocial experiences related to touch.
  3. Describe how to apply 5 therapeutic interventions to handle in-the-moment ethical dilemmas in a play therapy session.

Outline

The Ethics of Touch in Context

  • Clinical concerns of touch in child psychotherapy and play therapy
  • No touch policies-more harm than good?
  • Types of touch: greeting, accidental, task-oriented, attentional, and more

Assessment for Psychosocial Experiences of Touch

  • 4 Child Drawing Assessments
  • Rating scale questionnaires
    • Parent’s perceptions of child’s touch experiences
    • Teacher Touch Observation Rating Scale for child

Interventions and Case Examples: Ethical dilemmas of Touch- Responses, Interventions and Boundary Setting

  • Risk/benefit decision making
  • Child hits/slaps therapist
  • Inappropriate touching of therapist
  • Child asks to be touched inappropriately
  • Child asks for appropriate touch
  • Specific populations
    • Infants-behavioral cue indications
    • Teenagers
    • Attachment Disorders
    • Autism/Sensory Processing Disorders
    • Sexually traumatized children
  • 10+ Recommendations for working with abused children
  • Engaging parents in problem touch occurrences

20+ Top Ethical Touch Best Practice Guidelines

  • Practitioner Touch Awareness Questionnaire
  • Informed Consent-for therapy approaches that use touch
  • Informed Consent-Mandated Reporter of all forms of abuse
  • Unethical Forms of Touch
  • And many more…

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals

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