Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy and counselling that allows children experiencing loss, trauma, emotional, or behavioural issues to open up their emotions in a safe space. This safe, play space is where they are allowed to face their thoughts and emotions nonverbally through play. It can help ameliorate effects of the child’s deeper emotional issues, and helps them to deal with stress and anxiety.
In Play Therapy, the play process reveals and reflects the child’s behaviour back in such a way that the child can confront their own behaviour. This gives the therapist a powerful diagnostic tool to determine the causes for the child’s issues, and can be effective in helping the child work through their problems.
Some of the benefits of Play Therapy include:
- Helping children learn to develop a better sense of their abilities and increasing their confidence.
- Helping children develop creative problem solving abilities.
- Helping children learn about empathy and respect for feelings of others by giving them space to get in touch with their own thoughts and feelings.
Play Therapy is cited as one of the most effective treatments for children suffering from trauma or PTSD.
Play Therapy is a structured method developed and guided by counsellors that build upon the natural way children learn about the world and their relationship to it
(Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002).
PTUK’s Research has found Play Therapy to be an effective therapeutic approach for children.
Parents also reported pronounced improvements to their children’s emotional outlook, better overall conduct, and improved relationships with their peers.
College of Allied Educators offers the Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills, training participants to effectively use therapeutic play skills to provide emotional and psychological support to children.
This certificate leads to our Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, which accredits and recognises you as a Certified Play Therapist internationally.
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