Identify the unique characteristics and needs of adolescents in treatment and identify play therapy techniques to effectively meet those needs.
Explain the rationale for and advantages of using play therapy with adolescent clients, and will learn some of the special considerations for the use of this modality when working with this population.
Identify strategies for utilizing play therapy to establish trust and build therapeutic relationships with adolescent clients.
Describe strategies for adapting play therapy approaches typically utilized with younger children such as Theraplay and Filial Therapy, to provide a developmentally appropriate approach to therapy with adolescents.
Identify play therapy approaches and playful therapeutic techniques that have been found to be useful for working with adolescents. This includes review of historical and theoretical foundations as well as practical applications.
Describe the use of play therapy and some specific approaches with adolescents in specific populations, such as those in foster care or those diagnosed with eating disorders.
Identify the unique benefits of both directive and non-directive play therapy approaches with adolescents and describe specific adolescent populations or issues that might warrant one approach over another.