Play Therapy with Grieving Children
Saturday, March 20, 2021
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, ET
6 CEU’s for $69
Presented by: Hilda R. Glazer, ED. D., LPCC-S, RPT-S
Grieving children both in private practice and in the school setting present some unique challenges to the therapist. Play Therapy and group therapy provide appropriate models for these children. Identifying symptoms of grief and developing appropriate interventions for these children is the focus of this presentation. Case examples of both school-based groups and individual interventions will be presented. Issues of working with caretakers will also be discussed.
Play therapy is an appropriate intervention for grieving children. Often the child is seen as not grieving and the parent or caretaker is often unable to relate to the needs of the child as he or she is dealing with his or her own grief and loss issues. There are primary and secondary losses. Within the school, this child may have difficulty completing or focusing on tasks and may be disruptive or may move from a disruptive child to a quiet child. Either may signify psychological distress. Thus the play therapist can provide a safe place for the child to express and process grief and change. The attitude of acceptance of the child without evaluation is a significant part of this process. This is true for traumatic grief as well. Given the basic assumption that play is the child’s language, the toys become the vehicle for exploring the loss and processing the impact of the loss on the life of the child. Through the group process, children can share and process grief. They may also find that they are not the only ones with this experience which may reduce concerns about their own reactions. Both group play therapy and expressive therapy techniques are useful with this population.
- Participants will be able to describe the symptoms of grieving children.
- Participants will be able to describe crisis and trauma and their impact on children.
- Participants will be able to list the myths of childhood grief.
- Participants will be able to describe grief from a developmental perspective.
- Participants will be able to describe some of the play related behaviors of grieving children.
- Participants will be able to describe at least two assessment techniques for grieving children.
- Participants will be able to list at least three treatment goals for grieving.
- Participants will be able to list at least three interventions with grieving children.
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6.0 Hours of continuing education credit will be available to those present for the entire presentation. APT Approved Provider 15-422. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event is pending approval by APT for 6 CONTACT CE Hours.