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This course introduces experiential play therapy, a developmentally based theoretical model that extends the basic principles of child-centered play therapy and relationship play therapy, reaching children through interactive play with depth and meaning. New and unique interactive play therapy techniques effective in treating childhood disorders, including child neglect and abuse trauma, are taught. Students learn to better understand play themes and to match therapeutic responses to the experiential and developmental level of the child. Evidence-based methods of guided interaction to integrate parents in play therapy are also introduced in lecture, experiential exercises, and video case studies.

Other Credits: BBS, APT: 7 hrs. CE credit

Note: Applies toward the Certificate in Play Therapy. While the Department of Psychiatry is aware of the research on the efficacy of play therapy*, it cannot specifically endorse each play therapy intervention included in each class in the play therapy certificate program. *

Course Number: PSY-40303
Credit: 0.50 unit(s)