Technological Advances, Considerations, and Ethics in Play Therapy
The goal of this workshop is to provide an introduction to technology in the playroom for clinicians of all backgrounds and comfort with technology. This training intends to generate general understandings and discussions about the innovative, and at times controversial, world of technology. Child’s play has transformed in the past decade due to a sociocultural shift towards technology. It is important as child mental health professionals to understand how these changes impact child clients’ lives and play therapy treatment, regardless if clinicians decide to integrate innovative techniques in the playroom. Additionally, it is essential that clinicians understand the standards and ethics with incorporating technology in play therapy sessions. The training will focus on a review and discussion of technological standards and ethics outlined in the Association for Play Therapy Best Practices document and various national boards.Participants will have the ability to engage in active discussions and experiential learning with technological interventions throughout the training.Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet, laptop, and/or smartphone for technology and play therapy exploration.
The schedule will consist of lecture, discussions, and experiential work.
|9:00 – 9:30||Introductions, needs assessment, and questions to consider regarding comfort with and incorporation of technology in play therapy|
|9:30 – 10:00||Technological evolution, discussion of literature and research, current technological trends at school and home|
|10:00 – 10:45||Technology use in psychotherapy and play therapy– research and interventions|
|10:45 – 11:00||BREAK|
|11:00 – 11:15||Technology use in psychotherapy and play therapy – research and interventions (continued), tips for increasing comfort with technological interventions|
|11:15 – 12:00||Collaborative activity and discussion of proponent views, opponent views, and challenges with incorporating technology in play therapy sessions|
|12:00 – 1:00||LUNCH|
|1:00 – 1:45||How to communicate with caregivers about the benefits of technology use in play therapy, internet safety, setting limits with technology|
|1:45 – 2:30||Break out session – review of standards and ethics by discipline, group discussion regarding discipline specific ethics, review and discussion of APT’s Best Practices document on Use of Technology in Play Therapy.|
|2:45 – 3:45||Break out session - experiential vignette and technological intervention exploration|
|3:45 – 4:15||Large group discussion, additional technological intervention exploration|
|4:15 – 4:30||Wrap Up and Questions|
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Describe the new age world of technology for children and how this influences play therapy.
- Identify three research findings relative to positive impacts of technology on child’s play and incorporation in play therapy sessions.
- Identify three research findings relative to negative impacts of technology on child’s play and incorporation in play therapy sessions.
- Demonstrate three innovative technological interventions applicable for the playroom.
- Identify two ways to communicate the use of technology in play therapy to caregivers.
- Identify the current standards and ethics to consider when incorporating technology in play therapy.
General Course Information
This course is limited to 20 participants and is designed to facilitate experiential work, group discussion, and review the present literature and practice regarding technology and play therapy. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their specific needs and clinical questions. Participant feedback and participation will be sought out throughout the day.
Clinical case discussions will adhere to HIPPA regulations regarding client confidentiality.
This event is co-sponsored by Starbright Training Institute. Starbright Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Provider No. 96-029).
Additional CE units, not specific to play therapy, will be provided through the Commonwealth Educational Seminars (www.commonwealtheducation.com). There is an additional $25 fee for those professionals interested in continuing education clock hours for social work, counseling, MFT, and psychology. Checks are made out to Starbright Training Institute (or cash paid at training, no credit cards).
Course Instructor Contact Information
Name: Rachel A. Altvater, Psy.D., LCPC, RPT. Dr. Altvater is a Registered Play Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She currently works at Gil Institute.
Phone: (443) 478-3619