Learn How to Apply Play Therapy
- for emotional or physical healing
- for children or adults
When an injury damages muscles, or inhibits the use of muscles for a period; play may be a pathway to reeducate those muscles to again move as they once did.
When a person suffers stress, and anxiety or depression takes over, play can sometimes be a pathway to regain motivation and emotional stability.
There are 9 lessons in this course:
The Foundation for Using Play Therapy
Applications of Play and Play Therapy
Play Therapy for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders
Play Therapy for Behavioural Disorders
Play Therapy for Developmental Disorders
Play Therapy for Social & Family Problems
Play Therapy and Adult Populations
Related Specialised Creative Therapies
Play and Rehabilitation
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Explain the purpose for using play therapy, potential of what it might achieve, and determine situations where it is appropriate to use it as a therapeutic technique.
Explain the therapeutic play continuum, applications of play and play therapy, play therapy tools, advantages and issues arising in therapy.
Explain how play therapy can be used to help children with emotional disturbances such as depression and anxiety disorders.
Explain how play therapy can be used to help children with behavioural disorders such as conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and problems with anger and impulse control.
Explain how play therapy can be used to treat developmental disorders such as autism, intellectual disability and learning disorders.
Determine appropriate uses of play therapy for children suffering from social and family related problems such as grief and loss, crises such as divorce, and trauma-related issues.
Determine uses of play therapy to assist adult populations with specific emotional and psychological problems which can benefit from play.
Explain a range of different but closely related therapies including music, art, and drama therapy, and techniques used in these therapies which are incorporated into play therapy.
Explain how play can be used in occupational therapy and other contexts to help people manage or rehabilitate from physical and mental disabilities, and the role of science and technology.
WHY STUDY PLAY THERAPY?
Like other types of therapy, play therapy helps to reduce or eliminate negative or maladaptive behaviours whilst encouraging the use of positive or adaptive ones. Some of the benefits attributed to play therapy include:
- Improved mood and positive feelings
- Better coping skills
- Enhanced problem solving
- Less internal conflict and stress
- Greater self-awareness
- Increased impulse control
- Appropriate emotional expression
- Improved verbal skills
- Better communication
- Improved social skills
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Greater trust of others
- Increased maturity