Filial Play Therapy is a well researched evidence based training model that integrates “the magic” of Child-Centered Play Therapy with direct parent involvement. In Filial Play Therapy the therapist trains parents to become the healer of their own child in a process which enhances the parent/child relationship. Additionally, the skills involved are foundational for positive and effective parenting. Play is the language of children and when parents learn to let their child lead the play and at the same time practice effective structuring and limit setting, the parent-child relationship deepens, which provides a path to long lasting healing.
Work Toward Becoming a Registered Play Therapist
Prerequisite for this training: Training and experience in Child Centered Play Therapy
Recommended reading: Group Filial Therapy: The Complete Guide to Teaching Parents to Play Therapeutically with their Children by Louise Guerney* and Virginia Ryan or Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships through Play by Risë VanFleet.
Please send a brief description of your relevant experience and feel free to contact Karen Pernet by phone or e-mail with any questions you may have.
*Louise and Bernard Guerney were the “parents” of Filial Therapy.
The Filial Therapy Intensive is limited to 6 participants to permit extensive skill practice with individualized coaching and feedback. The leaders will present a combination of didactic material, case studies and videos, live demonstrations and supervision/feedback to participants as they practice during role plays. This highly experiential training will take place in the Growth through Play Therapy training room.
For therapist who are interested in becoming Certified Filial Therapists, this training is the first step. Certification is from National Institute for Relationship Enhancement…See www.nire.org for details.
Covid protocol: Vaccinations required; masks required. Each participant will have a small, individual table. The room is well ventilated and has 2 room air purifiers.
Karen Pernet has been in practice for over 30 years. She is a LCSW, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and certified Child Centered Play Therapist and Filial Play Therapist. She is also a national CCPT and Filial Therapy trainer. From 2004 until 2021 she was a Filial Therapy trainer for the Family Enhancement and Play Therapy Center. Her trainings have been described as lively, encouraging, responsive to individual needs, informative, interactive and fun. She relishes sharing her personal and professional love of Filial Therapy.
Jeannette Harroun has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she provides psychotherapy and individual consultation and supervision. Her approach to therapy is described as positive, warm and playful. She works with children, teens and parents in addressing a variety of concerns including self-regulation, impulsivity, parenting and co-parenting issues, depression, anxiety, trauma and many more. She currently provides consultation and supervision for clinicians seeking the Registered Play Therapy certifications. She has been a collaborative supervisor with the Wright Institute, taught at the University of Phoenix and provided numerous trainings and workshops.
- Describe the benefits of teaching parents to use non-directive play, based on Child Centered Play Therapy with their own children.
- Identify and describe the four basic skills associated with nondirective, child centered play which are taught to parents in Filial Play Therapy
- Demonstrate the four basic skills of Child Centered Play Therapy.
- Identify the criteria used to identify whether parents or children are appropriate candidates for Filial Play Therapy training.
- Name 3 types of presenting situations for which Filial Play Therapy would be helpful and one type of situation where it would be contraindicated.
- Describe the steps of the parent feedback process used in supervising parent’s Filial Play Therapy sessions with their children.
- Identify the criteria for prioritizing the feedback provided to parents after Filial Play Therapy training sessions.
- Identify the stages of Filial Play Therapy and how to prepare parents for home sessions.
- Identify 2 or more Filial Play Therapy formats and the similarities and differences of each.
Karen E Pernet, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, 83403, to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’S, LCSW’S, LPCC’S AND LEP’S. She maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. There is an extra charge of $25 for CEs. Growth through Play Therapy is an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy APT 09-241. There is no extra charge for APT educational credits. Partial credit cannot be offered. This workshop and presenters have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.
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Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form. Course meets the qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Growth through Play Therapy is an approved provider for The Association of Play Therapy, 09-241
Full refund if canceled 45 days in advance minus $75 administrative fee; In the event that a request is made for a future training, it would need to be in writing via e-mail and confirmed by Karen Pernet by e-mail. After 45 days there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list. In that case, the payment will be refunded minus the administrative fee. If there is insufficient enrollment or unforeseen event, the training will be postponed or cancelled and there will be a full refund offered.
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ENHANCE YOUR PLAY THERAPY SKILLS