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Beginning Adlerian Play Therapy - Weekend Live Webinar

In this online class spanning 2 WEEKENDS, you will learn and practice Adlerian play therapy skills and techniques for establishing relationships with clients, exploring clients' life-styles, helping clients gain insight into their lifestyles, and reorienting and reeducating clients.

Description

Financial aid may be available for this class.  Go to https://adlerianplaytherapy.com/financial-aid-for-leapt-classes/ for details.

In this class, the instructor will use discussion, encouragement, videos, role playing, and actual work with children to help you refine your skills so that you will be able to use play therapy skills and techniques to (a) build relationships with children; (b) explore children's lifestyles; (c) help children gain insight into their lifestyles; and (d) help children make changes in their thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviors. You will also learn and practice strategies for developing a conceptualization of the child and consulting with parents and teachers as a part of the Adlerian play therapy process. Built into this class is the opportunity to make videos of your practice with a child in the playroom and receive supervision from the instructor. This emphasis in this class is on play therapy skills, Adlerian theory as applied to play therapy,  and working with specific populations using Adlerian play therapy. Required reading before class: Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy  (3rd ed.) (Kottman & Meany-Walen, 2016). 
35 Live Webinar CE Hours.  (includes 20 hours on Play Therapy Seminal or Historically Significant Theories, 11 hours on Play Therapy Skills and Methods, 3 hours on Play Therapy Special Topics, and 1 hour on the History of Play Therapy) 5 hours of play therapy consultation/supervision are included in the class.   This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

APT Approved Provider 99-055

Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. List and describe 4 basic concepts of Adlerian theory
  2. Explain how each of these basic concepts of Adlerian theory apply to play therapy
  3. Define the Adlerian concept of lifestyle
  4. Explain the importance of the term “feelings of inferiority” in Adlerian theory
  5. Describe each of the 4 phases of Adlerian play therapy
  6. Explain the Adlerian stance on being directive sometimes and nondirective other times in play therapy
  7. Describe the relationship between the phases and the degree of therapist directiveness in Adlerian play therapy
  8. Describe 2 play therapy skills used in Adlerian play therapy for building the relationship with a child client
  9. Demonstrate 2 play therapy skills used in Adlerian play therapy for building the relationship with a child client
  10. Describe at least 1 Adlerian play therapy technique used for establishing a relationship with the child in play therapy
  11. Demonstrate at least 1 Adlerian play therapy technique used for establishing a relationship with the child in play therapy
  12. Explain the steps of limit setting in Adlerian play therapy
  13. Describe the rationale for cleaning the room with a child at the end of the session in Adlerian play therapy
  14. Describe each of the following elements of lifestyle and explain why exploring each of them in connection with every child client is important in Adlerian play therapy: (a) family atmosphere, (b) family constellation, (c) Crucial Cs, (d) personality priorities, (e) goals of misbehavior, (f) purposes of behavior, (g) assets and strengths, (h) lifestyle convictions, (i) mistaken beliefs, and (j) private logic
  15. Explain at least one vehicle for exploring each of these lifestyle elements in your sessions with a child in Adlerian play therapy
  16. Demonstrate one vehicle for exploring 3 of these lifestyle elements in your sessions with a child in Adlerian play therapy (This would total 3 distinct methods for exploring lifestyle—could be skills or techniques.)
  17. Describe 1 skill used in Adlerian play therapy for exploring the lifestyle of a child client
  18. Demonstrate at least 1 Adlerian play therapy skill for exploring the lifestyle of a child client
  19. Describe at least 1 Adlerian play therapy technique used in exploring the lifestyle of a child client
  20. Demonstrate at least 1 Adlerian play therapy technique used in exploring the lifestyle of a child client
  21. Using the Johari Window, explain the rationale for using metacommunication in Phase 3 of Adlerian play therapy
  22. Describe at least 1 Adlerian play therapy skill used in helping the child client gain insight in play therapy
  23. Demonstrate at least 1 Adlerian play therapy skill used in helping the child client gain insight in play therapy
  24. Describe 2 Adlerian play therapy techniques used in helping the child gain insight in play therapy
  25. Demonstrate at least 1 Adlerian play therapy technique used in helping the child gain insight in play therapy
  26. Define metacommunication in Adlerian play therapy
  27. Demonstrate a here-and-now metacommunication
  28. Demonstrate a metacommunication across sessions
  29. Demonstrate a lifestyle metacommunication
  30. Demonstrate a “bridging” metacommunication
  31. Describe 2 Adlerian play therapy skills used in the reeducation/reorientation phase for teaching the child new patterns of feeling, thinking, and/or behaving
  32. Describe at least 1 Adlerian play therapy technique used in the reeducation/reorientation phase for teaching the child new patterns of feeling, thinking, and/or behaving
  33. Describe the role of encouragement in Adlerian play therapy
  34. Demonstrate at least 1 Adlerian play therapy skill or technique used in the reeducation/reorientation phase for teaching the child new patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving
  35. Explain the purpose of conceptualizing clients in Adlerian play therapy
  36. Describe the relationship between conceptualizing clients and developing treatment plans for them in Adlerian play therapy
  37. Demonstrate competency using Adlerian play therapy skills for establishing a relationship with a child client by attaining at least a 70% fidelity score on the Adlerian Play Therapy Skills Checklist for Phase 1
  38. Demonstrate competency using Adlerian play therapy skills for exploring a child client’s lifestyle by attaining at least a 70% fidelity score on the Adlerian Play Therapy Skills Checklist for Phase 2
  39. Demonstrate competency using Adlerian play therapy skills for helping a child client gain insight into his or her lifestyle by attaining at least a 70% fidelity score on the Adlerian Play Therapy Skills Checklist for Phase 3
  40. Demonstrate competency using Adlerian play therapy skills for helping a child client learn and practice new patterns of thinking, feeling, and/or behaving by attaining at least a 50% fidelity score on the Adlerian Play Therapy Skills Checklist for Phase 4

Prerequisites

Progress toward masters degree in mental health 

Required reading before class: Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy  (3rd ed.) (Kottman & Meany-Walen, 2016). 

This is a 5 day class split into two weekends— Friday (1/2 day), Saturday , Sunday, and Friday (1/2 day), Saturday, Sunday. You will need to be available:

  • 3 pm- 7 pm CENTRAL TIME on first Friday 
  • 2 pm- 7pm CENTRAL TIME on second Friday 
  • 8:30 am to 6 pm CENTRAL TIME on both Saturdays  
  • 8:30 am to 6 pm CENTRAL TIME on both Sunday 

  You must have a spot in your house or your office where you can set up your iPad or computer so you can be undisturbed for class.

You must have access to a playroom (or a space with toys where you can do play therapy) and a child (4-9 years old) to video record 3, half-hour play therapy sessions. We want you to record these sessions at specific times because of how they will align with class content. Please plan to record these sessions

  • 1st Saturday between 12:00 pm-1:30 pm CENTRAL TIME  
  • 1st Sunday between 12:00 pm-1:30 pm CENTRAL TIME 
  • 2nd Saturday between 11:30 am- 1 pm CENTRAL TIME  

The rest of that time is your lunch break. If you cannot find a child who is available anytime during those “lunch” times, you have the option to record your first video after class the 1st Saturday, and your second video any time after class the first Sunday until class starts the next weekend.  Due to the schedule of the class, you must be able to record your final session on the second Saturday from 11:30 am- 1 pm CENTRAL TIME. IF THE SITUATION WITH COVID 19 IN YOUR AREA IS PRECLUDING IN-PERSON SESSIONS, it is also acceptable to do your play therapy sessions for the class via a telehealth format.  Your sessions using telehealth will work on some of the same skills as in-person sessions.   

The child you use for your play therapy sessions should not be your own child or one of your clients, and you will need permission to video the session and share the video via Zoom.  The child needs to relatively mentally healthy, without any major psychological problems.  A child who is creative and mostly cooperative seems to work best for this type of activity.

You must be able to video record the session in a format that you can share via Screen Share on Zoom.

You will need to interview at least one of the parents of “your” child sometime before you record your first video on Saturday, using the parent interview the instructor will send you.

You must do your best to take precautions to keep your child clients, the parents, and yourself safe from Covid-19. 

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