Play Therapy Interventions

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

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How To Teach Parents to Set Limits

The wonderful thing about limits is that they can be set both in and out of the playroom. I almost always teach parents to set limits, or rules or guidelines for behavior, when they are interacting with their children. Because the child is used to limit setting with the therapist, it can be an easy transition for… Continue reading How To Teach Parents to Set Limits

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

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28 Identifiers in Play Therapy that Suggest Sexual Trauma

Themes and behaviors in the playroom are huge indicators of what is going on in a child's life or their past experiences. There are many general themes that can be seen in play therapy, as discussed in the post 15 Common Themes in Play Therapy. This post will talk about things that are seen particularly… Continue reading 28 Identifiers in Play Therapy that Suggest Sexual Trauma

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

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How To Set Limits in Play Therapy

Limits are a vital piece of play therapy. Limits are rules or guidelines for behavior in the play room. When setting limits, the therapist defines the specific limit, the feeling that the child is experiencing behind the limit, and states and enforces the consequences if the limits are broken. In Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), limits:… Continue reading How To Set Limits in Play Therapy