USING THERAPEUTIC PLAY TECHNIQUES WITH CHILDREN
The techniques offered in this two day workshop will be relevant to anyone whose work involves close contact with children, early adolescents and young people with learning difficulties, and who have little or no training in this area counsellors, teachers, nursery nurses, social workers, health workers, carers and child minders.
The number of children and young people needing help at some time during their early life is increasing and it is essential that they have access to adults that can hold and support them in a safe place.
This workshop acknowledges that play is central to the child's way of understanding their world. Since, as adults, we forget the power that play has, much of the two days will be taken up remembering how to play. In this way, participants will begin to rediscover their capacity to play and thus give them an insight and a window into the child's world. The workshop will reinforce the importance of a sound knowledge of play and child development when working with children and young people in a therapeutic environment.
AIMS OF THE WORKSHOP
- To enable participants to develop a shared understanding of the importance of play to the young child's development.
- To enable participants to have a working understanding of the differences between play and therapeutic play.
- To explore the role of the adult in therapeutic play.
- To ensure participants understand and respect the importance of anti -discriminatory practice in therapeutic play.
- To enable participants to provide safe, meaningful, structured play therapy sessions.
- To develop participants observational skills.
- To explore some of the needs children have for therapeutic play.
- To provide an opportunity for sharing expertise, knowledge and views.
- To identify and explore the adults needs for supervision and support and look at ways at ensuring that those are met.