Course Description and Learning Objectives


It has been seen that the prescriptive-eclectic model is the most popular theoretical approach among play therapists. The basic premise of this model is that the play therapist needs to use therapeutic flexibility in play therapy. This means that the therapist adapts the treatment to meet the needs of each individual child. It is believed that rigid adherence to a single theoretical model is likely to result in considerable frustration for both therapist and child. Prescriptive play therapists select from both nondirective and directive theories an intervention that has strong empirical support for the client’s specific presenting problem.  The instructor will describe adaptations of play therapy approaches for children with different presenting problems. Treatment plans and case formulations will be discussed. DVD presentations of case examples will assist the didactic approach.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the major theories of play.
  • Describe the therapeutic powers of play
  • Analyze a case regarding adapting the approach
  • Describe basic techniques for assessment
  • Identify basic techniques for treatment
  • Explain the differences between the theories and how to decide which applies