Carroll County- Prescriptive Play Therapy: Adapting the Approach to the Child

Online Course


Online- Live Webinar


Surveys indicate that the prescriptive-eclectic model is the most popular theoretical approach among play therapists. The basic premise of this model is that one needs to use therapeutic flexibility in Play Therapy. This means that the therapist adapts the treatment to meet the needs of children with different presenting problems. It is believed that rigid adherence to a single theoretical model is likely to result in considerable frustration for both therapist and child. Implications of the latest research findings on play therapy will form the basis for treatment guidelines.

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.

This course is closed for enrollment.