Tania Johnson, B.A., M.C., R.P.T.,
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
2.0 contact hours
0.2 AOTA CEUs, 2.5 NBCOT PDUs, 2.0 CTLE credit hours, 2.0 CEUs for NY social workers, 2.0 CEUs for SLP’s in New York
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OTs, OTAs, SLP’s, social workers, special educators, educators, any professional working with children, principals and parents
Play is to the child what talk is to the adult. Play therapy is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, describing experiences, disclosing wishes, and self-fulfillment. Children express themselves and their needs, relive their past, and connect with others through play. The use of toys enables children to transfer anxieties, fears, fantasies, and guilt to objects rather than people. In the process, children are safe from their own feelings and reactions because play enables children to distance themselves from stressful events and experiences.
Therapeutic play is an evidence-based approach to help children with social or emotional deficits learn to communicate better, express underlying feelings they may be struggling with, change their behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and relate to others in positive ways. It is appropriate for children undergoing or witnessing stressful events in their lives, those struggling with academic and social problems, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or anger; as well as those with attention deficit disorders, or who are on the autism spectrum. This training is aimed at introducing therapeutic play to professionals. Participants will explore the basic theoretical foundations of therapeutic play, and will gain practical skills and strategies to work with children in order to begin integrating play into their work with children.
About the Instructor
Tania is the co-founder of the Institute of Child Psychology. She is a registered Psychologist and a registered Play Therapist. She completed her undergraduate studies in South-Africa before engaging in a one-year, full-time internship in Chicago at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. In 2012, she received her Masters of Counselling from the City University of Seattle. Read More