March Play Therapy Wrap-Up

-In this interview a seasoned sandplay therapist talks about how she became interested in sandplay and provides some great answers to great questions, including those relating to the future of the practice. A must-read for any sandplay practitioner.

-On our Play Therapy articles and resources site we keep a running list of notable upcoming workshops and learning opportunities, but most of them tend to be those taking place in U.S. and Canada. Of course there are many great groups and institutions teaching the value of play therapy across the globe, including the PsychMatters Family Therapy Centre in New Zealand, which boasts a full calendar of events.

-Liana Lowenstein (who submitted some excellent intervention ideas earlier this month) has posted two new articles to her website. The first consists of some very useful tips for treating children of divorce (more articles on that subject here). The second, written by Lynn Kenney, Psy D, is about the connection between parents and their children and how to “Stay in the Play.”

-And speaking of parenting, Ms. Lowenstein also posted this excellent parenting technique created by Pam Dyson, the founder and director of the St. Louis Center for Play Therapy.

-And speaking of Pam Dyson…where does she get all of her great ideas? In this video she introduces the “Worry Web”, a technique designed to help children with stress and anxiety, a major and often-overlooked issue.

-There are so many great therapy techniques to use in the initial stages of play therapy, when the main goal is to make the child comfortable and encourage expression, but what of the later stages of play therapy? This video presents an intervention that can be used to complete a successful journey through play therapy.

-I often come across these news stories about the basics of play therapy, but I particularly appreciated the way this one summarized the treatment and it’s range of application.

-Child Therapy Toys offers an enormous array of sand tray miniatures–so many that the selection can be hard to sift through! This is why we’re going to begin using this monthly wrap-up to select a “Miniature of the Month”–an essential tool of expression to be used in or outside the sandtray that you might have overlooked. March’s “Miniature of the Month” is this pair of horrified and scared people, a great expressive device for children to symbolize trauma and grief:
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a spring-tastic April!

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