Fundamentals of Play Therapy
Victoria Schreiber, M.A., L.M.S.W.
Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst
Hanna Perkins Center for Research
Child Development Member of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society
Eight Thursdays / October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 2013
12 CME and CE Credit Hours
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Child psychotherapists and those referring children to child psychotherapists frequently don't know the rationale, range of techniques, and therapeutic mechanisms involved in psychodynamic psychotherapy for children.
By the end of this course, the participant will be able to demonstrate:
1. Understanding of how play is utilized as one mode of expression for children;
2. Understanding of the indications and rationale for child play therapy;
3. Understanding of technique in child play therapy;
4. Understanding of Transference and Countertransference in the play therapy encounter;
5. Understanding of typical resistance(s) to play therapy;
6. Understanding of major post-classic (post – 1960) theory and technique in play therapy;
7. Understanding of how play develops along different developmental lines including: cognition, affect, & drives. 8. Understanding of the selection of tools (toys) in play therapy with specific patients.
Course may be used toward completion of the Child Development and Clinical Issues Program.