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

Section 28
Appendix A: Instructor's Handouts

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Play Therapy: Getting Kids and their Families Involved in the Action
Suzanne begges-White, Phb, LMHC, LPC-NC, NCC
Kim Harrison M.S. Ed.

Using Art-Based Interventions

"The Family Fish Bowl - this activity invites participation from alt family members simultaneously as they create a drawing that reflects their self-images and relationships to each other using the concept of a "family aquarium".

"Color Your Life this activity invites children to choose colors that reflect their feelings and then they use the colors to illustrate how they feel about issues or events they are facing or experiencing.

"Mandalas" - this activity involves the use of pre-printed mandala drawing sheets and allows clients the opportunity to choose colors and patterns for their work.

Using Story-Tellinq and Narrative Therapy

"Re-Telling the Story" - this is an intervention in which the counselor helps clients reframe experiences in such a way that negative events are ref ramed to reflect more positive outcomes.

"Animal Families" - this intervention invites each family member to describe each other as specific animals and then invites the family members to share their reactions and feelings about the projected labels

Using Music and Games

"Communication Sounds Like..." - this intervention utilizes hand-held musical instruments and requires that the family communicate via "music and sounds" rather than words during the duration of the intervention. The family can either choose or be given instruments chosen by the counselor, and then the counselor encourages them to show how they currently communicate. After processing the current patterns of family communication, the counselor invites the family to trade instruments if desired, then to practice new ways of communicating that reflect the changes they feel they need to make in the family.

"Popping Problem? - this intervention is designed to be used with a group and requires the each child think about the problems they are having that are causing them the most distress (i.e., poor behavior in different settings, lack of friends etc). They then use markers to write down their problems on inflated balloons. The group brainstorms solutions for each other, then the child is asked to "pop the problem" by choosing which solution they will try, then they can pop the balloon.

Art Based intervention 1 Play Therapy CEUs
Art Based Intervention 2 Play Therapy CEUs
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Instructor Handout 4 Play Therapy CEUs


The Portable Play Therapist

If you must travel from client to client or office to office, here is a list of items that can easily be carried in a "makeshift dollhouse," so that you are prepared to offer the benefits of play therapy in any setting:

1. crayons, newsprint & blunt scissors
2. nursing bottle (plastic),
3. rubber knife
4. doll
5. clay or Play-Doh
6. dart gun
7. handcuffs
8. toy soldiers
9. two play dishes and cups (plastic or tin),
10. spoons (avoid forks because of sharp points)
11. small airplane
12. small car
13. Lone Ranger-type mask
14. Nerf ball (a rubber ball bounces too much),
15. bendable Gumby (nondescript figure)
16. Popsicle sticks
17. pipe cleaners,
18. cotton rope
19. telephone
20. aggressive hand puppet (afligator, wolf, or aragon)
21. bendable doll family, doll house furniture (at least bedroom, kitchen, bathroom)
22. a small cardboard box with rooms marked on the bottom (cut door in one side and window in
23. another; doubles as storage container for toys)
24. transparent tape
25. costume jewelry


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Free Press.
Kaduson, H.G., Cangelosi, D., & Schaefer, C. (Eds.) (1997). 101 favorite play therapy techniques. Northvale, NJ: Aronson.
Knell, S.M (1993). Cognitive behavioral play therapy. Northvale, NJ: Aronson.
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Webb, N.B. (Ed.) (1999). Play therapy with children in crisis: A case book for practitioners (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.

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