Play Therapy: The Art Of The Relationship

About the Course:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about creating therapeutic relationships with children and facilitate the play therapy process. Whether unfamiliar or familiar with some of the concepts involved in this material, you can benefit from information in this course.
Play is to the child what verbalization is to the adult-it is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, describing experiences and disclosing wishes. Revised and updated, this second edition of the award-winning Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship provides comprehensive and detailed information for creating therapeutic relationships with children and facilitating the play therapy process. Guidelines, transcripts and case examples are provided for governing sensitive issues at every stage of the therapeutic process, from the first meeting to the end of the relationship.


Garry L. Landreth, EdD, LPC, RPT-S

About the Author:

Dr. Landreth is internationally known for his work in promoting the development of play therapy. Dr. Landreth is a Regents Professor in the Department of Counseling, Development, and Higher Education at the University of North Texas. He is the founder and the director of the Center for Play Therapy, the largest play therapy training program in the world. Dr. Landreth has more than a hundred publications and videos including three books on group therapy and eight books on play therapy.

Course Objectives:

  1. to learn the meaning of play in children’s lives and the stages of play in the therapeutic process

  2. to gain an understanding of the key concepts and objectives of the child-centered philosophy of a therapeutic relationship

  3. to be able to distinguish between facilitative and non-facilitative responses utilized in the play therapy session

  4. to gain an understanding of guidelines for organizing a playroom and recommended toys and materials

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