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Introduction to Humanistic Play Therapy

An introductory day long training!   24th February 2017 in Limerick (Ennis Road)    Fee: €110

This experiential day will introduce participants to non-directive play therapy skills and practice. It is not designed to qualify participants to engage in this work with clients – it is an introduction and skill building session that will introduce the theory and practice of play therapy. However, participants will develop skills which can be used to enhance relationships with children with whom they have contact in their personal and/or professional life. Participants will also experience the power of play in a very personal way. It is an ideal introduction to the field and will aid decision making in regard to possible subsequent training in the field.

Non Directive Play Skills – Demonstrations, practice and feedback

  • Selecting and equipping play spaces for non-directive play
  • Appropriate play materials
  • Developing a relationship of trust with the player
  • Providing structure
  • Attending and responding to play
  • Tracking and reflecting skills
  • Reflecting content and feelings
  • Non-verbal messages
    • Child’s level
    • Facial expression and body language
  • Verbal messages
    • Tone
    • Pitch
    • Developmental considerations
  • Esteem building responses
  • Recognising efforts and achievements

Learning Outcome: Participants will have developed:

  • An awareness of the principles of non directive play therapy
  • Non-directive therapeutic skills
  • An increased ability to assist children in developing their capacity for self regulation and decision making within the context of a safe, ethical relationship

Siobhán Prendiville, BEd, PG Ed., MEd., MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, is a teacher, child psychotherapist, and play therapist who specializes in the use of play in education and in therapy. She teaches widely in a number of institutions in Ireland and has been involved in training teachers in pilot programmes to influence the teaching methodologies utilized. Siobhan maintains a private play therapy practice. She has chapters in The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change, Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Carers, and Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurodevelopment to play and expressive arts-based practice.