YELLOW STREAM: Intensive Specialized Certificate Programs

Two-Day Programs

Each program provides training hours toward Certification/Registration as a Play Therapist.
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Play Therapy with Dissociative Children and Adolescents

PROGRAM DURATION: Two Days

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This two-day training program addresses assessment, treatment planning, and intervention strategies for dissociative children and adolescents. Previous training in the area of play therapy with traumatized children is recommended, as this is an advanced topic. Participants will be introduced to a multi-level assessment process that utilizes clinical observations, informant reporting, and formal rating scales. Critical strategies for establishing a safe therapeutic context are examined along with clinical decision-making steps for organizing, sequencing and evaluating therapeutic interventions. Emphasis is placed on understanding the nature of dissociative processes for children, and how to work with the presenting internal states of being. Case vignettes and examples of various play therapy modalities and strategies for working with dissociative phenomena are presented.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Program participants will learn how to detect and observe indicators of dissociation, as they apply to children and adolescents. Participants will gain an understanding of how to work with internal states, as well as an understanding of the essential therapeutic elements that accompany each stage of treatment. Participants will expand their skills for assessing and working with trauma through the restorative qualities of play therapy.

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Shirar, L. (1996) Dissociative children: Bridging the inner and outer worlds. W.W. Norton & Company, New York.
Silberg, J. (Ed.) (1996). The dissociative child: Diagnosis, treatment and management. The Sidran Press, Lutherville, Maryland

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate confirming the completion of 12 hours of specialized play therapy training approved by APT and CACPT. The Certificate of Attendance cannot be used towards CACPT purposes for Foundation Child/Play Therapy requirements towards certification as a Certified Play Therapist (CPT) or Certified Play Therapist Associate (CPT-A).

The certificate will be awarded on the basis of:
• Satisfactory attendance (no whole module may be missed unless there are extenuating circumstances).

Merging spheres: Techniques for involving children in brief family work

PROGRAM DURATION: Two Days

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This two-day training program focuses on brief family-play intervention strategies when working with children and families. Following an introduction to family-play therapy models, program participants will learn how to organize and structure an introductory family-play session, emphasizing strategies for preparing children and parents. Through a case vignette, participants will learn how to take a detailed play history from adults and use this information for treatment planning purposes. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in experiential activities related to the family-play modalities of puppets, sandplay, art-making and games. Considerations for treatment planning and selection of family-play activities are addressed through the Play Therapy Dimensions Model. Materials are included.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Program participants will learn when and how to implement family- play techniques across a variety of play therapy modalities. Participants will also develop strategies for engaging adults in this process and learn how to select and design activities appropriate for all members of the family system.

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Gil, E. (1994). Play in family therapy. The Guilford Press, New York

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate confirming the completion of 12 hours of specialized play therapy training approved by APT and CACPT. The Certificate of Attendance cannot be used towards CACPT purposes for Foundation Child/Play Therapy requirements towards certification as a Certified Play Therapist (CPT) or Certified Play Therapist Associate (CPT-A).

The certificate will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Satisfactory attendance (no whole module may be missed unless there are extenuating circumstances).

How to Use the Play Therapy Dimensions Model in Your Practice

PROGRAM DURATION: Two Days

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This two-day training program provides a full introduction to the Play Therapy Dimensions Model. The course will appeal to those trained in a number of different play therapy approaches. Participants will learn about the dimensions of consciousness and directiveness and how to identify when and how children indicate their need to work in either dimension. The training focuses on therapist “use of self” in play therapy and assists therapists to answer the when and how of directive versus non-directive play therapy intervention with children and families. Participants will have the opportunity to use the model to debrief cases and use of the PTDM diagram board will be exemplified. Participants will receive a PTDM diagram board as part of their program materials. Those attending will be provided video examples and they will learn how to use the model and a variety of tracking forms to make a number of therapeutic decisions. Those seeking play therapy supervision as well as those providing play therapy supervision will find this program very useful.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will gain an overall understanding of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model. After course completion, attendees will be able to use the model to make therapeutic decisions, track play therapy sessions, identify issues related to “use of self” and present cases in supervision. Those providing supervision will be able to use the process to supervise others. Participants will gain experience in viewing their play therapy casework from a more comprehensive point of view. No matter what play therapy approach participants have been trained in, the model will help to organize the play therapy process.

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Yasenik L., and Gardner K., (2004). Play Therapy Dimensions Model: A Decision-making guide for therapists. Calgary: Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate confirming the completion of 12 hours of specialized play therapy training approved by APT and CACPT. The Certificate of Attendance cannot be used towards CACPT purposes for Foundation Child/Play Therapy requirements towards certification as a Certified Play Therapist (CPT) or Certified Play Therapist Associate (CPT-A).

The certificate will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Satisfactory attendance (no whole module may be missed unless there are extenuating circumstances).