The use of Sand and Play Therapy, Metaphors, and MiniaturesTo Engage Couples and Families and to Address Tricky Issues
Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S
Workshop Description and Goals
Families and couples may seek therapy as the “last step” in frustrating and difficult relational experiences. As such, they may present with bad habits, empoverised communication skills and motivation, and feelings of resentment, anger, or helplessness. Couples may point fingers at each other and parents may point to their children’s behaviors as the culprit for their woes. This workshop will be full of practical advice for play therapists, sand therapists, and family therapists that will allow them to engage clients in a more energetic, disarming way. Specifically, the presenter will talk about directive play, sand, and art therapy strategies designed to infuse the family with novel experiences, as well as challenge their ambivalence about participating in treatment. The outcome can be that both clients and therapists will feel more optimistic about creating change in very difficult family or couple systems, restoring a sense of resilience and future-orientation. Play therapists and other clinicians will leave with lots of ideas that will both invite and challenge clients to shift their perceptions of each other and the potential for the relationship to grow.
This three-hour workshop will provide a variety of experiential activities, and highlight the presentation with clinical work by couples and families in order to bring alive the possibilities of infusing clinical work with laughter, play, and movement.
This course is presented in three hours.
|12:00 – 1:30||Brief Introductions that highlight the language of metaphor The context for integrating play and family systems work Experiential exercises|
|01:30 – 01:45||BREAK|
|01:45 - 02:45||Clinical presentations and participant discussion of clinical material How to integrate the process/content of family play therapy with your general goals for the couple and family Integration of theory and application|
|02:45 - 03:15||Questions and comments from participants|
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Give two reasons for the integration of play therapy and systems theory
- Give two examples of assessment activities that include play therapy
- List two therapeutic factors of play that are activated during family play therapy
- Identify two ways that therapists can design play and other expressive therapy ideas to work with specific client issues
- Define therapeutic metaphor and state two ways to listen for, or elicit family metaphors
- Name two experiential exercises that play therapists can use to self-inform about the family and to provide self-care
- List two reasons to use movement in family play therapy
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Daley, L. P., Miller, R. B., Bean, A. & Oka, M. (2018). Family system play therapy: An Integrative Approach. The American J of Family Therapy, 46:5, 421-436.
Froeschle Hicks, J., Lenard, N., & Brendle, J. (2016). Using Filial Therapy with Deployed Families, International J. of Play Therapy, 15:4, 210-216.
Eliana Gil, Ph.D. is Founder and Founder of Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education and Senior Consultant of Starbright Training Institute.
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for three (3) CONTACT CE Hours.
General Course Information
This course is limited to 20 participants and is designed to facilitate experiential work, group discussion, and processing of personal material. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their specific needs and clinical questions. Participant feedback will be sought out throughout the two- day class.
Clinical case discussions will adhere to HIPPA regulations regarding client confidentiality.
Target audience is Mental Health Professionals: Social Workers, Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed marriage and Family Therapists.
The program is Intermediate Level and assumes participants have a working knowledge of family systems theory as well as foundational theories about expressive therapies in general and specifically play, sand, and art therapy.
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Myriam Goldin, LCSW; RPT-S, is Director of Starbright Training Institute.
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Continuing Education Credits:
Starbright Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy. APT approved Provider #96-029. STI maintains responsibility for the program.
Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:
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Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:
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