Play Therapy Interventions

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That is the name of Holly Willard’s coloring book and the subject of her course Sexual Abuse Treatment Methods Using Play Therapy from the 2017 Play Therapy Summit. Holly takes this topic very seriously and it is obvious during her heartfelt presentation that sexual abuse prevention is one of her passions. And that’s because she …

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Integrative Attachment Informed Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (IAI-CBPT)

Integrative Attachment Informed Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (IAI-CBPT) was a topic in the 2017 Play Therapy Summit presented by Dr. Angela Cavett.  Dr. Cavett created this model out of her love for play therapy and out of her desire to help her clients achieve even more powerful results.  If you don’t know Dr. Cavett, don’t …

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Should Your Playroom Include Aggressive Toys Like Play Guns?

Play therapists widely regard the use of aggressive toys, including toys guns, as an essential element to the playroom. However, many parents are hesitant to allow their children to play with toy guns. Nearly all schools have banned the use of toys guns (or even pretend shooting) completely. Over the years, I have had some …

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My Favorite Play Therapy Tools: Books and Games To Add To Your Playroom

People are always asking me for play therapy tools and resources. Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting a continuing education topic on play therapy and trauma to a group of school counselors. As part of that presentation, a few of my favorite play therapy tools kept coming up.  So, I thought I would …

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What To Say (and what NOT to say) About Your Child’s Artwork

Does your child enjoy making artwork? Beginning as early as age one or two, most children enjoy scribbling with crayons. While most parents fear the mess, children really love using brushes and paint. These creations are the beginning stages of the creative process. And it is one that we would like to enhance as much …

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Play Therapy Termination Activity: The Chain of Intentions

Termination of play therapy services can be difficult for the counselor and the child. The relationship formed during the months of therapy is one of the most important aspects of the process. Termination activities differ across settings:  some offices provide certificates and some simply said good bye. Last month, I discussed the pros and cons …

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How To Keep Teens Off Their Phone During Holiday Breaks

Does anyone is your family have nomophobia? What the heck is that, you ask? Nomophobia is a term coined to describe the anxiety that people feel when they do not have access to a mobile phone. It is closely related to FOMO (fear of missing out). Although not an actual mental health disorder, it does …

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Should Your Play Therapy Room Have A Treasure Box?

A treasure box is a container that has items that a child can choose at the end of the therapy session. The pediatrician usually has one. Ours has lollipops and one doctor gives out stickers. Typically, dentists give out  some non-sugary toys or stickers. Your child’s teacher might have one. Most schools seem to have some …

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