Therapeutic Implications of Child Development for Play Therapy::

April 21, 2022 and April 22, 2022. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Date/ Time:

April 21, and April 22, 2022

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time

4:00 PM -6:00 PM Pacific Time

Live Webinar

Basic child development has major implications for effective play therapy. For each of three age levels, 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12-year-olds, those aspects of development most relevant to play therapy will be described and the specific implications of each for play therapy will be elaborated. Major shifts in language and cognitive abilities in such areas as reasoning, memory, problem-solving and intellectual skills occur across the three age groups. In addition, children’s age specific responses to such events as death, divorce, abuse, illness, family violence and trauma will be examined for their implications in play therapy. Charts specifying the major developments for each age group and their implications for play therapy will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the stages of child development and how it impacts play.
  • Explain the therapeutic powers of play and how each stage of development allows for them to work.
  • Describe the social, emotional, cognitive and other developmental stages and how to assess.
  • Identify some play therapy techniques to help children express themselves through play.

Your Instructor

Heidi Gerard Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S
Heidi Gerard 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 Plainsboro, New Jersey.

CE Information:
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (4hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

APT CE Hour Area: Special Topics (4)

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, 2022, 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.

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