*New Date* Beyond Family Sculpting: The Benefits of Integrating Play into Your Work with Families

In the past few years, we have been overwhelmed with urgent messages that there is a child and youth mental health crisis, that there is a shortage of providers equipped to meet the needs of children, and that the “kids are not alright”. There is an urgent need to address this public health crisis that disproportionately affects children and families of color; those who identify as neurodiverse, LGBTQ, or disabled, and communities navigating economic instability, food insecurity, violence, and/or inaccessible healthcare. Systems-based family therapists are uniquely positioned to address this c...Read morerisis by incorporating play into traditional their practice. By bringing play and expressive techniques into therapy, clinicians can help enhance family communication, understanding, and emotional connection while reducing negative family interactions and behaviors.

Systemic therapists have been trained to involve all members of a family, however, for many the idea of including children in family therapy can feel daunting. Clinicians may worry that a child may cause disruption or be non-communicative in sessions, or that parents will question the validity of play or expressive-based techniques. (Lowenstein and Sprunk, 2010) Often children and adolescents are not developmentally able to or interested in talking about emotions, difficult topics, or their behavior in the ways that adults ask of them.

Including children in a developmentally appropriate way requires a paradigm shift from the “intellectual, cerebral, abstract world familiar to adults, to the world of imagination, spontaneity, metaphor, and creativity that is familiar to children.” (Bailey and Sori, 2000, p. 488). This training will provide you with the rationale for integrating play therapy techniques into your work with family systems. It will provide assessment tools and intervention ideas that you can use with minimal materials like learning the basics of how children communicate with toys and play and how to interpret those interactions. Finally, this training is a call to systems-based therapists to consider incorporating play-based activities to effectively help families unlock a deeper level of communication, connection, and healing. Less...

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will begin to develop a clinical framework and the rationale for integrating play into family therapy.
  • Participants will be able to describe the importance of play on child development, social skills, and emotional regulation.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the role of metaphor in play and learn some of the basics around interpreting these metaphors.
  • Participants will obtain an understanding of how play activities can be used in assessing a family’s structure, strengths and needs.
  • Participants will learn several interventions that can be used with families immediately.

Target Audience

This educational activity is intended for behavioral health professionals, including Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and MFT's.

Learning Levels

  • Beginner

Friday, April 19, 2024

Live Interactive Webinar

09:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT

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American Psychological Association
Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

Council for Relationships # 11-111A.

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CFR is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and other mental health professionals whose state licensing boards recognize CE credit provided by APA-approved sponsors. The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners. Each professional is responsible for the individual requirements as stipulated by his/her licensing agency. Please contact your individual licensing board/regulatory agency to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Please note: You must attend "live" (in real-time) to earn CE credits.

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