Presented by: Laura Blake, M. A., LPC, NCC, ALPS
Friday, October 28, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Mental Health Workshop for Recreational Therapists
at River Park Hospital, in Huntington, WV
A Review by Danny Pettry
My good friend, Laura Blake
Goals of this session included:
· Identify three components of play therapy
· Identify the requirements for becoming a Registered Play Therapist
· Identify at least one way Recreation Therapists and Play Therapists can work together on a comprehensive treatment team under the supervision and recommendations of an attending physician.
- · Play therapy is a process for self-discovery utilizing toys or props during time of emotional instability.
- · The process of allowing clients to be in control and increase the likelihood they can tap into their own resources to resolve the instability.
- The process of taking pressure off of the client to “talk” about the issues. By using toys or props they can say the same thing in a more non-threatening manner.
She discussed the differences between non-directive play, directive play and combination play.
Information on becoming a play therapist is here: www.a4pt.org