Play Therapy Workshop is April 28 and April 29


The Adams State College Department of Counselor Education is hosting a Play Therapy Workshop with Garry L. Landreth from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29, in the Student Union Building.

The two-day workshop, "Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A Research Based 10-Session Filial Therapy Model", will focus on the dynamic relationship facets of training parents to be therapeutic agents in their children's lives. Using a format of didactic instruction, demonstration play sessions, required at-home play sessions, and supervision, parents are taught basic child-centered play therapy principles and skills including tracking, responsive listening, reflecting feelings, returning responsibility to children, the ACT model of limit setting, building children's self-esteem and how to structure weekly 30-minute play sessions with their children using a special kit of selected toys.

This practical "how to" workshop includes training/treatment outlines for the ten sessions, how to teach the child-centered play therapy skills, toys and materials needed, techniques for involving parents in the learning process, balancing training and meeting parents emotional needs, utilizing group dynamics, facilitative supervision, demonstrations and video segments of Landreth's CPRT parent training sessions. CPRT’s preventative nature and relatively brief treatment time frame make this treatment model attractive in today's mental health climate.

Landreth, LPC, RPT-S, internationally known for his writings and work in promoting the development of child-centered play therapy, is a Regents professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Texas. He is the founder of the Center for Play Therapy, the largest play therapy training program in the country. Landreth is a frequent speaker at play therapy conferences around the world. His more than 150 journal articles, books and videos include his award-winning book "Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship", which has been translated into several international languages. His latest books, "Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model" and an accompanying "Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual", received the 2010 Texas Association for Parent Education Best Practices Award.

Landreth, director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) received the APT Lifetime Achievement Award and Research Award. He is also the recipient of the Virginia Axline Distinguished Professional Award for his work in conceptualizing and advancing the child-centered approach to play therapy.

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