What’s What Wednesday: The Play Therapy Process
As Registered Play Therapists, we believe it is important for our client’s parents to understand the phases of play therapy. Usually Play therapy develops in six stages as follow:
- Intake and bio-psychosocial assessment: Most times, play therapists will utilize an assessment tool to obtain information about your child’s needs and strengths. This assessment will guide the treatment process.
- Introduction: During this phase, your child will be getting used to the play therapist, the playroom, and the play therapy process. Throughout this period, it is imperative for the caregiver to provide the child with encouragement, so the child will give the treatment a chance.
- Tentative Acceptance: After few or several sessions, your child will become comfortable in the play room and change will begin to be noticed
- Negative Reaction: As changes begin to occur, it is expected for children to have a negative reaction and increase the problem behavior or mental health symptoms. During this phase, caregiver’s support and consistency with treatment makes the difference. Allow your child to trust him/herself and have confidence in the therapeutic process .
- Growing: During this phase, your child will begin to better understand his/her difficulties, and how to best resolve them. Lasting changes will take place; however, regressions may occur, and although, they are frustrating, it is important to trust the process.
- Termination Phase: During this time your child’s behavioral and emotional functioning has stabilized. By this point, your child, the therapist and yourself trust on your child ability to maintain those gains without play therapy sessions.
For more information on The Play Therapy Process, please visit www.sscc.center or call (239) 495-7722