Enhancing Outcomes: Effective Communication with Parents in Play Therapy

Jan 30, 2024

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, I discuss the importance of involving parents in the child-centered play therapy process. While parental engagement isn’t a prerequisite for a child’s progress, it undeniably influences overall outcomes. I can’t stress enough the significance of an initial parent consultation, where therapists should help parents understand the therapeutic process, the expected progress, and normalize what might occur. I also stresses the value of subsequent parent consultations, where therapists provide updates, share observations from play sessions, and educate parents on child-centered play therapy techniques. By communicating clearly and equipping parents with knowledge and skills, therapists can enhance parental buy-in and support the child’s healing journey.

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References:

  • Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
  • VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
  • Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
  • Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.
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