Play Therapy with Resistant Children and Adolescents: How to Engage Them, and Use Play Therapy to Facilitate their Healing

January 7, 2021 and January 8, 2021 10:00AM-1:00PM


January 7, 2021 and January 8, 2021

10:00AM-1:00PM Eastern Time

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time


Live Webinar

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Children and adolescents do not necessarily reach out for treatment. Many children are told that they are going for therapy because the child needs to manage his/her anger or behavior problems that disturb adults or peers in their lives. Therefore, there are many children who come to treatment completely defended and resistant to the help provided. Play therapy can help push through this resistance and helps a child allow the fun of play again. Through play therapy, the play therapist can enhance their verbalization of feelings in a non-threatening environment. Therapists will also learn how to balance their playfulness and limit setting to create a safe place for the children to heal. This is a necessary workshop for therapists who work with school and/or inpatient populations as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how to reduce resistance of children through play therapy interventions.
  • Describe and create possible play therapy sessions with resistant children.
  • Compare Gestalt Play Therapy, Release Play Therapy and Non-Directive Play Therapy as they relate to resistance
  • Create techniques through play therapy with adolescents to allow for dissipation of resistance
  • Explain the basic premise for resistance in most adolescents play therapy
  • List three play therapy techniques to engage resistant children

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. She is obtaining her masters in Psychopharmacology for Prescribing Psychologists.
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, Inc.

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 as well as Prescriptive Play Therapy. Dr. Kaduson also has a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, as well as a 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.

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CE Information:
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (6hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

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.

Effective May 15, 2020 through June 30, 2021, APT Approved Providers may temporarily offer "contact" hours for online continuing education." All of our Live webinars during this time period will meet APT's requirements to provide "Contact CE" credit. In order to be eligible, participants must keep their cameras on throughout the webinar. Please contact us with any questions.

For general information, special needs, or grievances, please contact Beth Couturier at [email protected] You will receive a response within 24 hours

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