Play Therapy

Finding a Play Therapy Supervisor- Part 1

What should we look for in a Play Therapist Supervisor? Where does one find a Play Therapy Supervisor? Welcome back Kamini Verma, LCSW, as she takes you on her journey in choosing a Play Therapy Supervisor in this 2 part blog series! ________________________________ Part One Once I made the decision to become a registered play therapist (RPT), …

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You Are AMAZING

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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Happy New Year!

Hey everyone! Welcome to 2018! You may  have noticed that you have not been getting the weekly emails anymore.  Since moving to Hawaii, I have really dropped the ball on that one.  But luckily, I have found some really great colleagues who are going to step up and give you even BETTER content. I am …

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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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The Threenager: Why Dealing With Three Year Olds Is So Hard

Before I had kids, I would always say that three year olds were my favorite.  They are so cute-no longer babies but not quite big kids.  They look adorable dressed up like miniature adults.  They can talk enough to tell you what they want and need but make these cute little language errors.  Classic gems …

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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 Teach Kids Gratitude Without Sounding Ridiculous

Gratitude is the typical “theme” of November in many ways. But, even writing it here makes me say, ugh! Really, do we have to go around the table and talk about this topic? Groan. But, I have already had two kids come into my private practice talking about their Christmas gift wish list and it’s …

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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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