Child Centered Play Therapy is a theory and modality of Play Therapy that is pretty darn different from other theories. Grab my FREE cheat sheet download of CCPT skills and facilitative responses HERE. Also see the difference between Child Centered Play Therapy and Child Led Therapy HERE!
So one of the biggest defining differences are that the “intervention” is the relationship you hold with the child and the facilitative responses you give during play. No therapist led or directed activities. No therapist led or directed content…well…except for some structuring skills and limit setting - but that’s it!
Centering the child and letting the child fully lead is wonderful, effective, and amazing to watch the process unfold in your Playroom. However, most play therapists become stuck on this one question - How do I know that CCPT is working? When are clients done? Am I doing enough? Am I even being helpful here?
Okay, that was four questions. Fair. But the theme is that you might struggle without the specific skills teaching or activities to know if you are even moving the needle for their therapeutic care.
It can be hard, but with CCPT you really need to fully trust the process or you won’t be able to be authentically present in the playroom in the way the child needs you to be to hold fidelity to CCPT. If you don’t fully trust the process you will likely feel the urge to give it a little nudge. AND this is when CCPT therapists go from having fidelity to CCPT to making it something else that is therapist led.
I wanted to share with you my FREE Downloadable Effectiveness Cheat Sheet to help you understand the top 7 things I look out for to know that I look for to understand how CCPT is working!
Download my FREE Child Centered Play Therapy Effectiveness Cheat Sheet HERE!
Looking for more support in your Child Centered Play Therapy practice? Check out Child Centered Play Therapy: Troubleshooting the 13 Biggest Stuck Points!
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I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC,