Structured Conversations: The Five-Week Parent Consultation Strategy

Feb 6, 2024

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 right balance between keeping parents informed and not overwhelming them with constant updates. It’s crucial to conduct these meetings in person, as virtual meetings tend to be less effective due to distractions. By establishing clear expectations for communication and prioritizing the child’s relationship with the therapist, we can ensure that both parents and children benefit from the therapeutic process.

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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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