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Decoding Screen-Influenced Play: Insights for Play Therapists

Decoding Screen-Influenced Play: Insights for Play Therapists

In this episode, I delve into a question from Batsheva about how to distinguish between play that stems from a child's imagination versus play influenced by screen time. As someone who authored the book "Device Detox," I'm deeply passionate about reducing children's...

Rethinking Credentials and Embracing Expertise

Rethinking Credentials and Embracing Expertise

In this episode, I address a question from Margaret in Indiana regarding credentialing for play therapy. Margaret, like many others, expressed concern about her lack of formal training in child development and whether it's necessary to become a Registered Play...

I Don’t Use Case Conceptualization, But If I Did…

I Don’t Use Case Conceptualization, But If I Did…

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, I address a question from Alexa in Texas about case conceptualization. Alexa, soon to be an RPT, seeks guidance on how case conceptualization fits into the Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) model and how to document it. I...

Q&A Lightning Round #3: 4 More Questions From Listeners Answered

Q&A Lightning Round #3: 4 More Questions From Listeners Answered

Lightning Round Q&A #3! - Four listeners contacted me with 5 topics of questions, so here we go with Lightning Round #3. Thank you to Jess for calling into the new call-in number, (813) 812-5525. I'm so grateful to you and your investment in child-centered play...

Structured Conversations: The Five-Week Parent Consultation Strategy

Structured Conversations: The Five-Week Parent Consultation Strategy

In this episode, I discuss the importance of setting up structured meetings with parents in child-centered play therapy. A best practice that we have established and perfected at my practice includes parent consultations following a five-week schedule, providing the...

Q&A Lightning Round #2: 7 More Questions From Listeners Answered

Q&A Lightning Round #2: 7 More Questions From Listeners Answered

Lightning Round Q&A #2! - I've gotten emails saying you like the lightning round format, and the downloads support that opinion, so here we go with Lightning Round #2. Don't forget that I now have a call-in number that you can ask questions as well. (813) 812-5525....

Q&A Lightning Round: 7 Questions From Listeners Answered

Q&A Lightning Round: 7 Questions From Listeners Answered

In this episode, I get caught up on questions that listeners have emailed to me. So put your seatbelt on and hang on for the lightning round of Q&A. Here are the topics of questions answered: - Donna in Virginia - Length of sessions - Katarina - Hugging, terminating...

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