APT HOURS: 3 NON-CONTACT CE
NBCC HOURS: 3
This play therapy training is offered On-Demand as a go-at-your-own pace course for 3 APT non-contact hours.
One of the most powerful and dynamic factors in play therapy is the relationship between therapist and child. Transference and countertransference can contribute to growth or a resistance to change in play therapy. Following Polyvagal Theory, the therapist lends his or her feelings, focus, and environment to the child during play therapy, which can facilitate the healing environment required for post-traumatic growth. Each child and therapist brings themselves, past experiences with play, and their own reactions to trauma experiences into the play therapy space. The therapist must be in tune with factors that may constrain the client’s ability to fully express themselves through play and heal, which can lead to a stuck feeling. If the child’s needs can be authentically and safely expressed, these same factors can be the mechanism that enriches the play therapy experience and lead towards further recovery and integration. Play therapy strategies will be selected for remaining present and emotionally regulated in order to create a safe, co-regulated environment rich for post-traumatic growth in play therapy.
Nik has been a private practice counselor at the Center for Counseling and Family Relationships since 2017. He works with children aged (4+), adolescents, and adults, specializing in complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy. Previously Nik worked at an agency in Missouri providing play therapy to children in the foster care system. He offers continuing education to professionals especially within the topics of working with developmental trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy.
1. Discuss the power of transference and countertransference in the play therapy relationship.
2. Analyze their own relationship with play and discuss how this affects their relationships with their play therapy clients.
3. Apply strategies to remain present and emotionally regulated as the therapist in order to effectively provide coregulation in play therapy sessions
Play Therapy Training Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7206. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Play Therapy Training Resources is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.