Play Therapy with Pre-Teens and Teens: Workshop – New York APT Conference
From twelve-year-olds to seniors in high school, adolescence is a time filled with change. This can make the notion of bringing play therapy to this population a challenge. Do we play? Do we talk? Using neuroscience, developmental theory and Synergetic Play Therapy® theory, participants will explore these questions along with what is the most important goal when working with this population, how to maximize engagement in sessions, how to work with older children using directive and non-directive play techniques, the role of the play therapist during this important developmental phase, and how to turn the awkwardness into authenticity and healing.
- Describe why it is important not to have a script for when to apply directive and non-directive play therapy interventions with pre-teens and teens
- Discuss the importance of assessing the pre-teen or teen’s emotional age in the play therapy process
- Explain the most important goal when applying play therapy to your work with pre-teens and teens