Introduction to Humanistic Play Therapy

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

Facilitator

Emer McDonagh
Lecturers
Qualifications:SIAPTP
Role:Lecturer

Emer holds an MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and a BA (HONS) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. She has extensive experience working with children who have experienced domestic violence and also with non residential parents and their children, maintaining and promoting quality contact. Emer has been involved in the Daphne III programme Responding to Child Parent Violence action research project, training in Non Violent Resistance and the Break 4 Change programme targeting services to families affected by Child Parent Violence. Emer has also completed Intensive Filial Therapy Training, and mindfulness training. Emer also provides a family support role with families affected by meningitis. She has developed a number of workshops to support adults such as “You, Your Thoughts & Your ACTions”, addressing stress and anxiety, “Don’t Just Survive, Thrive!, parenting children affected by Meningitis”. She has also developed and facilitated workshops to support whole families including “Reconnecting after Meningitis” and the sibling support workshop “Me Too!”. Emer has worked with the Brothers of Charity services and been involved in a number of Humanitarian aid projects in both Ethiopia and Peru. Currently Emer is in private practice at Acorns 2 Oaks Therapy Services and also provides trainings for professionals working with vulnerable children. Emer facilitates our Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Galway and also works as a CTC supervisor.

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