Learning to Love their Strengths: Play Therapy with Special Needs Children Recorded Webinar (3 CE’s)


In this noncontact training, registrants will watch a pre-recorded webinar (recorded July 17th, 2020) with Renee Turner Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S and Ashley Oliver, MA. Comments from the original evaluations stated the training was “informative”, “well organized”, and “increased comfort level with the population”. To receive CE credit, registrants must complete the course evaluation and multiple-choice posttest.

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Despite the fact that many play therapists will occasionally have special needs children on their caseloads, most lack specialized training with this vulnerable population.  In this heartfelt and inspiring training, participants will identify and dispel the stereotypes and myths associated with children with special needs (e.g., Downs, IDD, ASD). Participants will identify how to reframe behaviors into strengths and determine the difference between adaptive behaviors and manipulative behaviors. We will also identify strategies for setting up the playroom that promotes healing and learning and learns critical skills for involving families in the play therapy process.

Learning Objectives:

1) Name stereotypes and myths about children with special needs and how to move toward inclusion
2) Identify alternative play therapy procedures and ways to set up the playroom that supports children with special needs
3) Discuss theoretical applications of play therapy when working with special needs children
4) Describe ways to involve and encourage family members in the therapeutic play process

Credit: 3 Indirect Contact APT & Texas LCSW CE's