Introduction to Gestalt Play Therapy
Description: Gestalt play therapy is a seminal theory of play therapy. This directive, humanistic, and process-oriented play therapy approach is experiential in nature. The therapeutic relationship serves as a container for exploring moment-to-moment interactions, targeting interventions, and promoting a focus on the child's self in the here and now. Gestalt play therapy seeks to increase awareness and cooperative functioning of body sensations, thoughts, and feelings in such a way that the child accesses and utilizes their inherent power toward healthy growth.
This workshop offers an introduction to play through a review of its history, seminal theories, and the play therapy space. The presenter will also explore the basic tenets of gestalt therapy and lead the participants through a variety of play therapy techniques designed to increase self-awareness and contact.
Discuss the history of play therapy
Describe the differences between directive and nondirective play therapy
Delineate the Gestalt play therapy concept of healthy development of the “self” from other seminal play therapies
Describe the Gestalt play therapy relationship
Discuss the interactive role of contact and boundaries through a gestalt play therapy lens
List the steps of a gestalt play therapy exercises
Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, LCMHC-S, RPT-S