of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Topic: Facilitating Growth in Children through Child-Centered Play TherapyPresenter: Dr. Elisabeth LilesDate: Friday, May 4, 2018Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PMLocation: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)
Doors Open at 9:00AMNetworking starts at 9:00 AM
This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by providing training in both theory and techniques of working with young children. It satisfies the BBS requirements for treating children and working with families. All information provided is empirically-supported and well-established within the field. Includes: Breakfast and meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapist CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 CE Credit will be awarded after the completion of the course via email. No CEs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded.
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the tenets and theory of child-centered play therapy. Using this context, participants will then learn the language of play therapy and specific skills for implementing play therapy techniques with young children. Techniques will include facilitative reflections, identifying themes and enlarging the meaning of children's play, setting therapeutic limits, and monitoring progress in therapy.
Play therapy is a specialized technique that transcends simply including play materials in a therapy session. It is founded on specific beliefs about children and their development, and it is empirically-supported when implemented from a knowledgeable framework. Research demonstrates that play therapy is the most effective way to work with young children (ages 3-7), and it requires training in play therapy skills in order for therapists to be effective in its implementation. In order for licensees to ethically provide therapy to young children, it is imperative that they have knowledge and training in specific play therapy skills.
1. Participants will be able to respond therapeutically to young children using the specific play therapy language
2. Participants will be able to implement therapeutic limit-setting using the ACT method
3. Participants will be able to identify therapeutic themes in children’s play and use this information to enlarge meaning and monitor progress
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