Play Therapy Interventions

Play Genogram Child Therapy Intervention

This is an intervention that should definitely be in your play therapy toolbox! I use this intervention with almost every child that I work with because I find out such valuable information about family dynamics. This is particularly helpful with children in foster care, children of divorce, children with multiple homes, and children who have lost a loved one. This intervention… Continue reading Play Genogram Child Therapy Intervention

Play Therapy Interventions

Coping Connection Child Therapy Intervention

Therapy interventions can really come out of nowhere sometimes! This intervention came from me simply thinking of a way for children to connect their difficult (or sometimes even not so difficult) feelings to calming skills that help them. This intervention is most helpful after kids have a strong emotional identification and knowledge of coping/calming skills.… Continue reading Coping Connection Child Therapy Intervention

Play Therapy Interventions

A Heartfelt Way to Work Through Grief and Loss

I have been working with multiple clients lately that are going through grief and loss issues. Grief and loss is challenging for people of all ages, but it is especially challenging (and confusing) for children. Death is a big concept and a majority of the time children don't, and probably won't, fully understand it. Today's… Continue reading A Heartfelt Way to Work Through Grief and Loss

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A Kid Friendly Way to Assess Suicidal and Homicidal Ideation

Assessing for suicide and homicide is not a fun thing to do. That being said, as a clinician, it is a vital part of the job. A huge part of being a clinician means keeping the client and those in their life safe. To do this, it is important for the clinician to ask the… Continue reading A Kid Friendly Way to Assess Suicidal and Homicidal Ideation

Play Therapy Interventions

Emotional Animals Play Therapy Intervention

Emotional identification is something that is almost always worked on in child therapy. One fun way to do this is by using the emotional animals dice game! I have seen this game online before, but wanted to share my most recent creation of the game. I have seen many versions of this game contain words… Continue reading Emotional Animals Play Therapy Intervention

Play Therapy Interventions

Worry Wall Child Therapy Intervention

I have seen many adaptations of the Worry Wall intervention in my time as a therapist. I have to admit though, this is my favorite! This intervention helps children identify their anxieties, gain confidence, and gets them up and moving. Overall, I have found that active interventions are very successful. Kids like to move! Providing them… Continue reading Worry Wall Child Therapy Intervention

Play Therapy Interventions

A Creative Way to Assess Trauma History

One of my main passions in child therapy is trauma. It's very weird telling people that I enjoy working with traumatized and abused children. I usually get a really strange look. Unfortunately, this is an area of counseling that continuously needs more interest. When working with children who have undergone trauma or abuse, it's always… Continue reading A Creative Way to Assess Trauma History