Adapting the Approach to the Child: Prescriptive Play Therapy::

June 29, 2023. 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time. 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Date/ Time:

June 29, 2023

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

6:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Online- Live Webinar

Course Materials:

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  • Paper


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

Your Instructor

Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S
Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S

Dr. Heidi Gerard Kaduson is a licensed clinical child psychologist in New York and New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She specializes in the evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems.

Dr. Kaduson uses Play Therapy for individual counseling, group psychotherapy, and social skills training. She has lectured throughout the world on Play Therapy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. She has trained and/or supervised thousands of individuals around the world. Dr. Kaduson is Past-President and a past-Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Play Therapy, as well as the Director of The Play Therapy Training Institute.

Dr. Kaduson is editor and author of many books: The Quotable Play Therapist; The Playing Cure; and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Vol. III, Short Term Play Therapy, Game Play Therapy, Short Term Play Therapy, Second Edition, Contemporary Play Therapy, and Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition, Short Term Play Therapy, Third Edition, Prescriptive Play Therapy: Tailoring Interventions for Specific Childhood Problems, Play Therapy Across the Lifespan, Play Therapy with Children: Modalities for Change, as well as Play Therapy for Siblings (in press). Dr. Kaduson also has a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, as well as a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with ADHD. Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy and Play Therapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

CE Information:

This Live Webinar meets APT's definition of a Live Webinar. This course has 6 CE credits that are Live Webinar Non-Contact Credits. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

APT CE Area: History (1); Seminal or historically Significant Theory (5)

Please Note: The CE certificate will be awarded within 3 business days to those who attend the entire webinar, complete a multiple-choice test, and fill out course evaluations. No partial credit will be given. Play Therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

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