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Play Therapy Techniques: Resolution of Core Feelings Through Play
10 CEUs Play Therapy: Resolution of Core Feelings through Play

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Audio Transcript Questions The answer to Question 1 is found in Track 1 of the Course Content. The Answer to Question 2 is found in Track 2 of the Course Content… and so on. Select correct answer from below. Place letter on the blank line before the corresponding question. Do not add any spaces.
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Questions:
1. What is one reason why using mandalas and coloring utensils can be useful when working with a child with ADHD?
2. According to the speaker, how can Non-Directive Play Therapy help a Counselor provide a safe atmosphere for children?
3. If a child is having difficulty expressing his or her feelings, what is one reason why the symbolism of Play Therapy can be helpful?
4. What are two reasons why Play Therapy can make counseling for children as effective as Talk Therapy can be for adults?
5. In what stage of Play Therapy might the Counselor see the child's behavior that caused the parents and teacher to believe counseling was necessary?
6. According to the speaker, why is "rehearsal-for-life" during play an indicator of a child's readiness for the Termination stage?
7. When engaging in Empathy, one of the Core Conditions of Counseling, what is one reason why a therapist should not comfort the child by saying phrases like "everything will be okay?"
8. What is the danger of the therapist demonstrating reactionary behavior toward the child's actions?
9. What does the speaker mean when she says that the definition of self is the "totality of perceptions of the child?"
10. Regarding adjustment and maladjustment, what is the basis of the therapist's role with a child client?
11. What should the therapist do in response to the child's actions instead of correcting them?
12. What were the two situations that the speaker advised that the therapist refer the child to another therapist?
13. What were the three reasons that mandalas can be particularly useful for young children, adolescents, or teens?
14. What are the four steps in the "Pop the Problem" exercise?
Answers:
A. The therapist should maintain a calm, stable presence for the child, and reactionary behavior can jeopardize that presence.
B. 1. They give the client something to do so they do not have to look at the therapist during talk therapy. 2. Doing something with their hands can relax the client. 3. The
client may be so focused on the activity that he or she is more honest because of the distraction.
C. Non-Directive Play Therapy gives children the authority to be who they are without being told to grow up, which is a common instruction from parents and teachers
D. 1. When a counselor is observing a child at play, she is experiencing and participating in the emotional lives of children rather than just "reliving situational happenings." 2. Counselors can respond to the child in "real-time" rather than discussing incidents that are now "historic," such as past episodes of aggression, etc.
E. A child undergoes adjustment if only few obstacles are met on the way to self-realization and maladjustment if many obstacles are met. The therapist's role is to help children remove obstacles from their path.
F. 1. Write the problem on the balloon. 2. Discuss possible solutions for the problem. 3. Have the client choose which solution will be tried. 4. Pop the balloon to signify eliminating the
problem.
G. Instead of intense, symbolic play, the child acts out events related to day-to-day life and shows clear progress in behavior, indicating readiness to terminate counseling.
H. 1. If the therapist does not feel that he or she can be warm and accepting toward a child 2. If the therapist cannot say that he or
she likes the child
I. Using mandalas and coloring can help children that have difficulty concentrating to go inside themselves and focus.
J. Instead of correcting actions, the therapist should accept the actions and let the child do what he or she wants to with the toys.
K. Children can take the feelings they cannot express with words and recreate situations to express themselves through the symbolic communication of play.
L. Testing for Protection Stage
M. The child's "self" develops only through interaction with others, therefore the child's perception of people and the world creates the "self." If the child is treated positively, he or she can have a positive view of the self.
N. Offering a false sense of hope may discourage the child from experiencing the feelings he or she may be having. It is okay for kids to be in bad places, if you offer support rather than false reassurance.

Course Content Manual Questions The Answer to Question 15 is found in Section 15 of the Course Content… and so on. Select correct answer from below. Place letter on the blank line before the corresponding question.
Important Note! Numbers below are links to that Section. If you close your browser (i.e. Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc..) your answers will not be retained. So write them down for future work sessions.

Questions:
15. The therapeutic use of a drawing is based on what assumption?
16. Why should the therapist remain three or four feet from the child and move as the child moves, unless closer or greater distance is indicated?
17. What is the major rationale given to the mother when explaining the need to involve her in play therapy?
18. Children who deny their need for structure may display what behaviors?
19. Once the initial reactions to the food have been worked through, what type of feeding behaviors are often observed?
20. Anna Freud's account of the reasons why children do not make use of free-associative can be cast into what two-stage developmental framework?
21. What is very important in children's development, that the therapist should introduce gradually in whatever form the child can tolerate?
22. What is play satiation?
23. Which play therapy activity involves each child standing in front of the group while the others make up a song in which he or she stars?
24. Why was Aaron a good candidate for the squiggle game?
25. What is the second stage in the developmental sequence of play identified by imitating and pretending?
26. Why should you imitate every noise a cerebral palsy child makes during play therapy?
Answers:
A. (1) attempting to take the initiative, (2) defying the therapist, or (3) "engaging" him
B. because of his compulsive ritual of drawing detailed maps
C. If you wait a little while and repeat the noise again, the child later on will listen for that response and smile when he hears it. You can then vary the sound and he will try to follow you. . . (you are teaching him to enjoy learning to control his speech organs to make the sounds he wants).
D. Child clients project their perceptions, feelings, conflicts, and developmental disturbances into their pictures.
E. (1) oedipal and the (2) latency-age child
F. touch
G. symbolic play stage
H. As with other variables, children will communicate when they are ready for greater physical intimacy. The therapist's task is to be ready to respond when the child signals.
I. Regressive feeding behaviors
J. Queen (or King) for a Day
K. it should prove useful for the mother to know some of the procedures that a therapist uses in working with her
Child
L. The antithesis of play disruption, play from which a child emerges refreshed as a sleeper from dreams which "worked."


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