The Many Faces of Play Therapy
February 8-9, 2019
Loyola University | New Orleans
The Louisiana Association for Play Therapy Presents...
Innovative Play Therapy Techniques for Working with Hard-To-Engage Clients
Working with difficult to engage clients can be frustrating and challenging, even for seasoned clinicians. The challenge of working with younger clients in therapy can be further compound-ed by their fear of entering therapy, their lack of control over the decision to attend therapy, their feeling of being scapegoated for family problems, their lack of motivation for treatment, and their developmental capacity which can make it difficult for them to respond to traditional talk-therapy.
The first step in working with hard to engage clients is understanding the reasons underlying what has been called "resistance." The second step involves engaging clients in the therapeu-tic process. The presenter will outline the factors that underlie resistance and will present cre-ative play therapy interventions to engage children, adolescents, and parents.
• Describe the factors underlying therapeutic resistance.
• Implement creative play therapy interventions to facilitate rapport-building with children of all ages.
• Implement play therapy techniques with clients who are reluctant to verbally articulate their thoughts and feelings.
• Utilize play therapy activities for child-focused family therapy sessions.
Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Children and Families Coping with Loss
When children enter therapy because they have experienced a significant loss, they are at a very vulnerable time in their lives. They are often anxious about the therapeutic pro-cess and reluctant to talk directly about painful feelings. Activities that are creative and play-based can engage children and help them to express their thoughts and feelings. This workshop will present a brief theoretical overview followed by a variety of play thera-py interventions to assess and treat children and families coping with loss. A range of in-novative activities will be outlined, including therapeutic games, art, and stories. Although the focus of this workshop will be on bereavement and divorce, many of the interventions can be adapted for other treatment populations.
• Define grief, traumatic grief, and disenfranchised grief.
• Describe the continuum of parent-child relationships after separation and divorce.
• Apply at least 5 new play therapy interventions in sessions with children and families coping with loss.
About the Presenter:
Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families since 1988. She presents trainings across North America and abroad. Recent speaking engagements include South Africa, Israel, England, Australia, and China. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. Liana’s 12 books on child and family therapy are known internationally for their innovative and practical techniques. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.