Working successfully with child and teen clients means maintaining at least two relationships; one with the client and one with client’s parents. While the experience can be hopeful and gratifying, just as often it’s frustrating and uncomfortable. Child therapists usually have little training and preparation in working with adults or in explaining play therapy to non-professionals who may also be difficult or therapy-resistant parents.
This workshop looks at ways that therapists can communicate and engage parents in the play therapy process both directly and indirectly. Topics include building rapport, identifying the roles of both therapists and parents in the client’s therapy and navigating challenges. We will discuss ways that therapists can create understanding of the play therapy process, collaborate and communicate with parents about treatment plans, goals, and objectives, set parental expectations about therapy and progress and empathetically and effectively deal with difficult parent personalities and resistant behaviors. Workshop includes both didactic and experiential learning activities.
Jeannette Harroun, LMFT, RPT is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist. She has a private practice in Lafayette, CA 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, self-esteem, attachment, tantrums and impulsivity, parenting/co-parenting/blended family issues, anxiety, depression, school and motivational issues, trauma, and divorce. She is currently a collaborative supervisor for the Wright Institute and has been an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix and a workshop provider with John F. Kennedy University.
- List 5 benefits of engaging and collaborating with parents about their child’s play therapy
- Describe the therapist’s roles in working with parents.
- Identify 3 statements about play therapy that can be used to explain to parents what play therapy is and how it works.
- Explain how therapy progress is measured and what parents should look for to evaluate progress outside of therapy.
- Describe 3 ways that parents can support and reinforce positive change at home.
- List 5 resistant parent behaviors that therapists may need address when working with child/teen clients.
- Describe 5 strategies that therapists can use to navigate challenges with parents.
6 CEs-$25 additional charge. Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy (Provider #76949) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’S, LCSW’S, LPCC’S AND LEP’S. SICGT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Growth through Play Therapy is an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy-APT 09-241. No extra charge for APT approval.
These workshops and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support. Partial credit cannot be offered.
Full refund if canceled 30 days in advance minus a $50 administrative fee. After that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list.
Contact Jeannette at 925-890-7478 or email@example.com