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Play therapists often focus on protocol, technique, and, of course, toys. But what’s below all this? Engaging the right-brain and allowing yourself to feel are the keys to helping your clients inside and outside of the playroom.

:55 Lisa gives an overview of the Lessons from the Playroom webinar series

1:20 What does getting under mean and how does it facilitate the healing process?

3:33 Why does it limit us when we get caught up in the meaning of toys?

4:25 It’s not the doll or ball that heals; the toy only acts as a conduit

5:00 How can we go “under” the toys?

5:30 When a child throws something at the wall, what is happening under the play?

6:20 Analyzing play is a safe process but what happens when we allow ourselves to feel?

7:04 Experiencing a situation as a child experiences it

7:50 The story is just a story

8:23 What’s the somatic activation that’s locking the story into place?

9:20 How does attaching meaning to experience create patterns and sensations within the body?

10:20 Why is working with implicit memory important?

11:18 What is the clinician’s story in the playroom?

12:12 Protocol is just protocol – therapists must bring it to life

13:33 The work is underneath – it’s in the feelings

14:44 You will never know what a moment requires until that moment arises

15:24 If you’re caught up in the protocol, you’ll miss what’s underneath

15:50 You must be willing to feel and be open

16:00 Why are you caught up in technique?

17:00 How can we feel what a moment is trying to reveal to us? Why is this important?

18:15 How does left brain only limit us?

19:48 Can we find a place to just be?

Don’t forget to join us on August 21 at 2:00 (MST) for our free Lessons from the Playroom webinar. We’ll discuss The Ethics and Practice of Touch in Play Therapy. If you can’t watch live, sign up anyway and we’ll send you a 24-hour playback the night of the webinar. Register today!