FUNDAMENTALS OF GESTALT PLAY THERAPY
Have you been working with children and adolescents and wanted to deepen your work with them? This workshop designed to build theoretical understanding and clinical skills from the perspective of contemporary Gestalt psychotherapy. This is the first part of the 4-day Basic Training in Gestalt Play Therapy. Participants are encouraged to continue on to Part 2 (Oaklander Approach).
About the Workshop
This workshop is designed to build theoretical understanding and clinical skills in play therapy from the perspective of contemporary Gestalt psychotherapy. Balancing didactic discussion, experiential practicum with feedback, and case presentations, the emphasis will be on individual psychotherapy and the application of Gestalt therapy principles represented in the works of Violet Oaklander, Ph.D., author of Windows to Our Children: A Gestalt Approach to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (1989) and Hidden Treasure: A Map to the Child’s Inner Self (2007). Participants will learn the underlying principles of play and integrate using various creative modalities. Working in pairs or small groups, participants will have opportunities for group consultation and practice.
At the end of the workshop, participants will:
Understand the power of play and its underlying principles
Overview of major play therapy models using Yasenik & Gardner’s Play Therapy Dimensions Model
Explore key neuroscience findings supporting Play Therapy
Understand Gestalt relational perspective on child development and the nature of the self
Brief overview of the therapeutic process developed by Violet Oaklander.
This workshop is accredited with:
West Coast Institute and the training hours will be counted towards certification as a Certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents with WCI. For more information, please go to http://westcoastinstitute.us/certification/.
Associate of Play Therapy (Singapore) and the training hours will be counted towards membership application and renewal.
Who can benefit
Practitioners working with children and adolescents in the field of mental health and helping professions (such as social work, counselling, psychology) and related fields (such childcare/student care setting, physical therapy, art therapy, or other related fields).