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"Play, like love, happiness, and other psychological constructs, is easier to recognize than to define". Charles Schaefer




The Therapeutic Powers of Play
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.

The Therapeutic Powers of Play
is a wonderful book which delves deeply into the theoretical and practical aspects of play therapy with children. Looking at a wide variety of play therapy techniques and child 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 children.
The Therapeutic Powers of Play 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.


"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning....They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play." Mister Rogers

Book Description
Understanding How Play Therapy Works Its Magic

Although play therapy is a well-established and popular mode of treatment for children, the fundamental question of how it works has seldom been raised or addressed. For example:
* Is it the ability of the child and therapist to communicate better with each other through play interactions than in words?
*Is it the miniaturization of experiences in play that leads to mastery of stresses and traumas?
*Is it the motoric release of feelings in play actions?
* Is it the special relationship and rapport that develops with the therapist in the play room?
This book addresses these questions by presenting a comprehensive account of how play therapy works, and by specifically highlighting those elements of the play process likely to be responsible for its most beneficial effects. The basic premise of this volume is that play is not just a medium for applying other interventions such as positive reinforcement or reframing, but that play itself has a number of therapeutic elements which produce behavior change. A deeper understanding of the elements of change should lead to improvement in play therapy effectiveness based on an integrative approach to the treatment.(courtesy:http://www.aronson.com)

"Play permits the child to resolve in symbolic form unsolved problems of the past and to cope directly or symbolically with present concerns. It is also his most significant tool for preparing himself for the future and its tasks." Bruno Bettelheim "



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Our provider number is 02-117. This course offers 9 non-contact training hours.
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"You can come and play now." Steven Spielberg

Learning Objectives

In this 9 unit course, the clinician will be able to:

1. Describe the healing potential of play therapy with child clients.
2. Explain the difference between structured and unstructured play therapy; and between how different children use play therapy.
3. Cite the possibilities of ascertaining diagnosis and prognosis from play therapy.
4. Describe how developmental levels are portrayed in play therapy.
5. List various aspects of play therapy with children, including

* Symbolic Expression in Play
* Therapeutic Expression in Play
* Therapeutic Value of Play

6. Ascertain how various child populations respond to play therapy
7. Describe the therapeutic uses of play therapy with children and when it is contraindicated.
8. Select between different treatment options based upon the client; and know when play therapy is contraindicated.
9. Discuss how to compassionately witness a depth process, and create the 'free and protected' place necessary for play therapy.


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


Table of Contents

What Is Play and Why Is It Therapeutic?
Charles E. Schaefer
* What Is Play?
* Developmental Stages
* Play and Normal Development
* Uses of Play Therapy
* Therapeutic Factors
* Play Therapy FactorsOvercoming Resistance
James N. Bow
* Dynamics Underlying Resistance to Therapy
* Developmental Perspective
* Therapeutic Techniques for Clinical Practice
* Clinical Case Illustrations:
* Overcoming Anger, Silence, and Aggression in Children
* Summary: Resolving Resistance by Structured Play ActivitiesSelf-Expressive Communication
Garry L. Landreth
* Definition of PlayAlice3
* Characteristics ofPlay
* Types of Play
* Significance of Play in Self-Expression
* Fostering a Sense of Control
* Children's Awareness Is Communicated through Play
* Symbolic Expression in Play
* Therapeutic Expression in Play
* Therapeutic Value of Play
* How to Read Play Symbols
* Toys for Facilitating Self-Expression
* Case Illustrations: What Play RevealsPlay and the Growth of Competence
JoAnn L. Cook and Mary Sinker
* Competence through Developmental Play
* Mediated Play
* Mediated Play and Children with Disabilities
* Mediated Play as Psychotherapy
* Competence through Playful Work: The Concept of "Flow"
* Conclusion:Developmental Play Results in
Competence and Mediation Enhances Outcome5. Creative Problem Solving
Janet K. Sawyers and Diane M. Horm-Wingerd
* Play, Problem Solving, and Creativity
* Individual Differences in Play Styles
* Conclusion: Symbolic Play Facilitates Children's Creative Problem SolvingCatharsis
Barry G. Ginsberg
* Theoretical Issues
* Permissiveness Acceptance
* Limits
* Developmental Perspective
* The Client-Centered Play Therapy Approach to Catharsis and Emotional Release
* Case Illustrations: Acting Out and Abused Children
* Catharsis Is Vital7. Abreaction
Evelyn K. Oremland
* Developmental Perspectives
* Play in Pediatric Care
* Pediatric Play Histories
* Links Between Abreactive-Enactment and Development-Supportive Play
* Multiple Play Partners: Complications for Abreaction
* Facets of the Play Relationship8. Role Play
Eleanor C. Irwin and Nancy E. Curry
* Historical Foundations
* Object Relations Theory
* Role Play in the Autistic, Symbiotic, and Separation-
* Individuation Subphase
* Role Play as a Tool for Developing Empathy
* Role Play as a Tool for Learning New Skills9. Fantasy and Visualization
Dorothy G. Singer
* Definitions of ImageryTypes of Imagery
* Developmental Differences in Imagery
* Measurement of Images and Fantasy Production
* Applications of Imagery Techniques in Psychotherapy with Children
* Case Illustrations: Adjusting to Divorce and Overcoming Phobia
* Applications of Imagery Techniques in Educational
* Looking to the Future10. Learning by Metaphor
Diane E. Frey
* Anecdotes, Proverbs, and Parables
* Use of Art Forms in Play Therapy
* Universal and Prescriptive Metaphors
* Advantages of Metaphor Use for Children
* Developmental Issues and Metaphor Use
* Theoretical Aspects of Metaphors
* Clinical Uses of Metaphors
* The Processing of Metaphors
* Delivering Metaphors that Are Stories or Anecdotes
* Pitfalls in the Use of Metaphors
* Specific Clinical Applications
* Materials for Metaphor Use in Play Therapy
* Case Illustration: Childhood Grief Reaction11. Attachment Formation
Ann M. Jernberg
* Assessing Parent–Infant Interaction
* The Infant's Self-Image
* Compensation
* Theraplay
* Case Illustration: Successful Theraplay
* Other Child Therapy Procedures
* Play Is Necessary12. Relationship Enhancement
Louise F. Guerney
* Theoretical and Empirical Considerations
* Relationship Approaches in Play Therapy
* The Efficacy of Play Therapy for Improving
* Relationships
* Case Illustration of a Peer-Rejected Child
* Relationships: The Ripple Effect13. Play and Positive Emotion
Allyson I. Aborn
* The Origin of Positive Emotions in Play
* Functional Pleasures of Play
* An Examination of Positive Emotions
* Play and Cognition
* Case Illustration: A Boy Unable to Have Fun14. Mastery of Childhood Fears
D'Arcy Lyness
* Normal Childhood Fears and Expression through Play
* Features of Play that Promote Mastery of Fears
* When Fears Are Excessive
* Play Therapy for Excessive Fear
* What Play Reveals15. Game Play
Steven Reid
* Historical and Theoretical Foundations
* Developmental Perspective
* Therapeutic Ingredients of Games
* Types of Games
* Clinical Applications
* Case Illustration: An Encopretic Boy
* The Spectrum of Games

"Play is the exultation of the possible." -Martin Buber




"The creative activity of the imagination frees man from his bondage to the 'nothing but' and liberates in him the spirit of play." 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.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland illustrations by Sir John Tenniel

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