Getting to Know You: Building Rapport in Play Therapy

play therapy techniques

A Non-contact Play Therapy Webinar

With Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS

Topics: Play Therapy, RapportAudience: Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT) 

APT Primary Focus Area(s):
Seminal Theories: 1 CE
Skills and Methods: 1 CE
Total Play Therapy CE Hours: 2 CE

Original recording date: 9/20/2019 Length: 120 min

The relationship and connection between therapist and child client is the essential and foundational piece to effective play therapy according to Dr. Garry Landreth and the 8 principles of Virginia Axline. The process of establishing that necessary foundational rapport while allowing for ample opportunity for the therapist to assess and conceptualize the child’s presenting issues and context therein can be achieved effectively with a balance of child-centered play therapy along with facilitative play-based interventions and techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the foundational basis of child-centered theoretical orientation and meaningful, authentic application.
  2. Describe the most recent research that supports the empirical establishment of efficacy of child-centered play therapy.
  3. Name five ways play serves as an agent of change and growth in terms of forming and maintaining the therapeutic relationship in the play therapy process.
  4. Name ten elements of the rapport-building process, including Axline’s eight principles of play therapy.
  5. List at least ten ice-breaking and initial assessment play-based techniques to assist in establishing the therapeutic relationship.
APT Credits:
Core Wellness, LLC is an Association for Play Therapy CE Approved Provider #20-610. Period: July 13, 2021 thru July 31, 2023. This course provides 2 CE Hours (Non-contact).
Fee: $59
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The presenter and Core Wellness hereby declare that no conflict of interest, competing interest, or commercial support for the CE program are present. Presenter receives compensation for program delivery and sales as well as sales of his/her personal books and products.