Child Centered Play Therapy is one of my most favorite Play Therapy theories and modalities for younger children. AND sometimes older children depending on developmental age. But most definitely is a modality I am highly likely to be using for children 10 and under!
If Child Centered Play Therapy is not one of the theories you use I would suggest you RUN not walk to check out Play Therapy and The Art of The Relationship OR Child Centered Play Therapy as well as sign yourself up for a foundational course. You can also check out these awesome video examples of Child Centered Play Therapy from Dr. Garry Landreth and Tammi Van Hollander!
I do not say this lightly - getting trained in Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) was life changing for me as a therapist. I remember the first time I observed a CCPT session I didn’t get it. It seemed SO strange and so far away from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I was trained in at grad school.
But once I started to put the key skills as a therapist, the model, and the way of being into the playroom it was transformational for my clients.
It worked. Clients with significant dysregulation and anger outbursts were able to increase their emotional regulation and window of tolerance without learning one. darn. skill. They had the power within them to heal and integrate their distress with me holding them within the CCPT model.
And it was fun. Kids didn’t want to leave the playroom and looked forward to coming to session.
I wanted to share this free download on the Child Centered Play Therapy model that I use to make sure I am having fidelity with my skills, facilitative responses, and way of showing up in the playroom. It is also the sheet I use to track supervisee’s or consultee’s when they are sharing a Child Centered Play Therapy video or case!
Check out the Child Centered Play Therapy Skills Cheat Sheet HERE!
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I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC, RPT-S, and EMDR Consultant. I help other therapists grow in their passions as play therapists, trauma therapists,and child and adolescent therapists.