Partnering with Parents in Play Therapy
May 18, 2018
Therapists will explore what it really takes to partner with parents. Come boost your confidence as we learn how to navigate the waters with our child client’s most important relationships.
Play therapists receive hours of training learning how to help children heal, but not as much time learning how to work with the parents. As a result, many therapists find themselves feeling inadequate and ill-equipped when it comes to partnering with the parents and caregivers of their child clients.
During the play therapy process, play therapists have the challenging task of helping parents understand what play therapy is and how it works, while keeping them invested. Play therapists don’t always realize that part of their job is to “sell play therapy.” They underestimate the fact that the parent typically isn’t in the play therapy session and therefore isn’t the consumer. The child understands the value of the play therapy experience, but the parent may not.
In this thought-provoking yet practical workshop, participants will explore what it really takes to partner with parents. They will have the opportunity to understand how to have a successful intake session setting the stage for a higher level of investment and commitment, how to communicate to parents so that they understand what play therapy is and how it works, how to translate what is happening in the playroom so that parents understand how the goals are being worked on, what to do with resistant parents and what to do when parents just want to drop their child off to be “fixed.”
Through new skills, insights and a framework rooted in relationship theory, therapists are guaranteed to leave feeling inspired to work with parents.
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