Play Therapy is a form of psychotherapy and counselling that uses play in a non-directed method to allow the Child to lead therapy sessions. This process reveals and reflect the child’s behaviour back in such a way that the child can confront their own behaviour, giving the therapist a powerful diagnostic tool to determine the cause for any issues.
Play therapy allows children and people who are experiencing emotional or behavioural issues to open up their emotions in the safe space of the ‘playroom’, where they are allowed to face their thoughts and emotions nonverbally. It is cited as one of the most effective treatments for children suffering from trauma or PTSD; with a number of articles and papers written about its efficacy.
Some of the benefits of Play Therapy include:
- Helping children learn to develop a better sense of their abilities and increasing their confidence.
- Helping children develop creative problem solving abilities.
- Helping children learn about empathy and respect for feelings of others by giving them space to get in touch with their own thoughts and feelings.
PTUK’s Research has found Play Therapy to be an effective therapeutic approach for children.
Parents also reported pronounced improvements to their children’s emotional outlook, better overall conduct, and improved relationships with their peers.
College of Allied Educators offers the Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills, training participants to effectively use therapeutic play skills to provide emotional and psychological support to children.
This certificate leads to our Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, which accredits and recognises you as a Certified Play Therapist internationally.
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