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"We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing". Charles Schaefer



Chevelure by Henri Matisse

Play Therapy with Adults
by Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D. (Editor)

This course meets the qualifications for 9 hours of continuing education

We are pleased and honored to offer a compelling course by Charles E. Schaefer (Editor), a renowned play therapist, and child and adult therapist.

Play Therapy with Adults
is a luminous book which delves deeply into the theoretical and practical aspects of play therapy with adults. Looking at a wide variety of play therapy techniques and adult populations, this book will expand the knowledge base of play therapists as well as verbally-based therapists looking for ways to deepen their work with adults.
Play Therapy with Adults
opens doors in the traditional ideas of play, play therapy, and who will benefit from playing.

Please join us in this 9 unit course.


This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.


"Toboggan" Henri Matisse

"Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold." Joseph Chilton Pearce

Book Description
Learn how to incorporate adult play therapy into your practice with this easy-to-use guide.
In the Western world there has been a widening belief that play is not a trivial or childish pursuit but rather a prime pillar of mental health, along with love and work. Play Therapy with Adults presents original chapters written by a collection of international experts who examine the diverse approaches and clinical strategies available for successfully incorporating play therapy into adult-client sessions.
This timely guide covers healing through the use of a variety of play therapy techniques and methods. Various client groups and treatment settings are given special attention, including working with adolescents, the elderly, couples, individuals with dementia, and clients in group therapy.
Material is organized into four sections for easy reference:
* Dramatic role play
* Therapeutic humor
* Sand play and doll play
* Play groups, hypnoplay, and client-centered play

Play Therapy with Adults is a valuable book for psychologists, therapists, social workers, and counselors interested in helping clients explore themselves through playful activities. (courtesy:Wiley.com)

"The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground." G. K. Chesterton



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This course meets the qualifications for 9 hours of continuing education

is approved by the:

APT - Association for Play Therapy (Non-contact hours) APT Approved Provider (#02-117)
CA BBS - California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
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is approved by the
Association for Play Therapy
to offer continuing education specific to play therapy.
Our provider number is 02-117. This course offers 9 non-contact training hours.
www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for the program.


Learning Objectives

Clinicians will be able to:

1. Describe the healing potential of play therapy with adult clients.

2. List various techniques of play therapy with adults, including

* Dramatic role play
* Therapeutic humor
* Sand play and doll play
* Play groups, hypnoplay, and client-centered play
3. Analyze how various adult populations respond to play therapy

4. Explore the therapeutic uses of play therapy with adults and when it is contraindicated.


"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." H. G. Wells


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"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." George Bernard Shaw


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  • Pass the post-test
  • Upon passing the test, you will receive a certificate of completion.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Healing Potential of Adults at Play (Dottie Ward-Wimmer).
2. Drama Therapy with Adults (Robert J. Landy).
3. Psychodrama (Adam Blatner).
4. Improvisational Play in Couples Therapy (Daniel J. Wiener and David Cantor).
5. Developmental Transformations in Group Therapy with the Elderly (David Read Johnson, Ann Smith, and Miller James).
6. Integrating Humor into Psychotherapy (Steven M. Sultanoff).
7. Humor as a Moderator of Life Stress in Adults (Herbert M. Lefcourt).
8. Therapeutic Humor with the Depressed and Suicidal Elderly (Joseph Richman).
9. Using Sandplay in Therapy with Adults (Rie Rogers Mitchell and Harriet S. Friedman).
10. Somatic Consciousness in Adult Sandplay Therapy (Kate Amatruda).
11. Play Therapy for Individuals with Dementia (Kathleen S. Mayers).
12. Using Therapeutic Dolls with Psychogeriatric Patients (Mally Ehrenfeld).
13. Adult Group Play Therapy (Christine Caldwell).
14. Using Games with Adults in a Play Therapy Group Setting (Jennifer Kendall).
15. Hypno-Play Therapy (Marian Kaplun Shapiro).
16. Play Therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults (Laura W. Hutchison).
Author Index.
Subject Index.

“Since I know nothing at all, I shall simply do whatever occurs to me”. Thus I consciously submitted myself to the impulses of the unconscious. The first thing that came to the surface was a childhood memory from perhaps my tenth or eleventh year. At that time I had a spell of playing passionately with building blocks. I distinctly recalled how I had built little houses and castles, using bottles to form the sides of gates and vaults. Somewhat later I had used ordinary stones, with mud for mortar. These structures had fascinated me for a long time. To my astonishment this memory was accompanied by a good deal of emotion. “Aha,” I said to myself, “there is still life in these things. The small boy is still around, possesses a creative life which I lack. But how can I make my way to it?” For as a grown man it seemed impossible to me that I should be able to bridge the distance from the present back to my eleventh year. Yet if I wanted to re–establish contact with that period, I had no choice but to return to it and take up once more that child's life with his childish games. This moment was a turning point in my fate, but I gave in only after endless resistances and with a sense of resignation. For it was a painfully humiliating experience to realize that there was nothing to be done except play childish games. (Memories, Dreams and Reflections, pp. 173–174)." C. G. Jung



Jazz, le Cheval, l`Ecuyere et le Clown
by Henri Matisse

Jazz, le Cheval, l`Ecuyere et le Clown
by Henri Matisse


"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." C. G. Jung

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD is considered by many to be the "Father of Play Therapy", and is the recipient of the Association for Play Therapy's Lifetime Achievement Award.He is Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. An expert in the field of play therapy, he is the cofounder of the Association for Play Therapy and the founder and co-director of the Play Therapy Training Institute in New Jersey. Dr. Schaefer was presented with the Distinguished Service Award-International Association for Play Therapy in 1996, and the Distinguished Faculty Award For Research & Scholarship, Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1994.

Dr. Schaefer's legendary list of publications on child therapy and play therapy includes such classics as:

Ages & Stages: Tips and Techniques for Building Your Child's Social, Emotional, Interpersonal, and Cognitive Skills. John Wiley, 2000.
Game Play (2nd Edition). John Wiley, 2000.
Short-term Play Therapy for Children. Guilford, 2000.
Play Diagnosis and Assessment (2nd Edition), (Edited with K.G. Gitlin and A. Sandgrund), Wiley, 2000.
Short-Term Psychotherapy Groups for Children: Adapting Group Processes for Specific Problems. Jason Aronson, 1999.
Innovative Psychotherapy Techniques in Child & Adolescent Therapy (2nd Edition). John Wiley, 1999..
101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Jason Aronson, 1997.
The Playing Cure: Individualized Play Therapy for Specific Childhood Problems (with H. Kaduson and D. Cangelosi), Jason Aronson, 1997.
Clinical Handbook of Sleep Disorders in Children, Jason Aronson, 1995.
Clinical Handbook of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents (with A. Eisen and C. Kearney), Jason Aronson, 1995.
Family Play Therapy (with L. Carey), Jason Aronson, 1994.
Handbook of Play Therapy (Vol. II) (with K. O'Connor), John Wiley, 1994.
Play Therapy Techniques (Edited with D. Cangelosi), Jason Aronson, 1993.
Therapeutic Powers of Play. (Editor)Jason Aronson, 1993.

Advances in Therapies for Children (with H. Millman),
Jossey-Bass, 1986.
Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Childhood Games (Edited with S. Reid), John Wiley, 1986.
Family Therapies Techniques for Problem Behaviors of Children and Teenagers. Jossey-Bass, 1982.
Handbook of Play Therapy (Edited with K. O'Connor), John Wiley, 1983.
Group Therapies for Children & Youth (with L. Johnson and J. Wherry), Jossey-Bass, 1982.
Therapies for Psychosomatic Disorders in Children (with H. Millman and G. Levine), Jossey-Bass, 1979.
Therapies for Children (with H. Millman), Jossey-Bass, 1977.
Therapeutic Use of Child's Play. (Editor), Jason Aronson, Inc. 1976.

Foundations of Play Therapy

Play Therapy with Adults

Play Therapy with Adolescents

The Therapeutic Powers of Play


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