The Creative Process. How to Access Your Playful Self and Connect with Children through Play Therapy

April 19, 2023 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time. 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Date: April 19, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time


The creative process is within all of us, but it is at times difficult to access. When working with children in play therapy, the key to success is the relationship. Many children find it difficult to connect and trust any adult who only uses talk therapy. The therapeutic relationship is the key to change, and the playful self along with the therapeutic powers of play can help connect with the children through play therapy. This workshop will illustrate the usefulness of play therapy and the playful self, as well as allow for the creative process to flow for the therapist. Being with the child in play therapy allows for him or her to go deeper into psychological difficulties, formulate strategies and successfully heal. Humor and laughter are keys in reducing anxiety in the playroom, as well as allowing the playful self to emerge.

Learning Objectives:

Describe 3 characteristics of a playful play therapist.

Identify the therapeutic powers of play that work to increase the creative self.

List 2 ways to help the creative process evolve.

Your Instructor

Heidi G Kaduson
Heidi G Kaduson

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 also the Director of The Play Therapy Training Institute.

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 the editor and author of many books: The Quotable Play Therapist; The Playing Cure; 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, Play Therapy: Modalities for Change, as well as chapters in other publications. She is presently working on a new book tentatively entitled Play Therapy with Siblings. Dr. Kadusony maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy and play therapy in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

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