November 26, 2012

Feelings Toss

Grab some ping pong balls, a marker and cups and create a Feelings Toss game.

2013 Play Therapy Training Schedule

If you're looking for play therapy training we have several workshops scheduled for 2013 on a variety of topics. Here are two upcoming trainings you may be interested in attending.

Anxiety is a common problem for many children. Whether the anxiety arises from genetic factors or environmental conditions children need to find a way to face the anxiety and master it.  Play Therapy with Anxious Children will examine the symptoms of anxiety and how it impacts children. We will explore play therapy interventions as a way of teaching children how to manage anxiety producing situations. The parent's role in the play therapy process will also be discussed. 

Play Therapy with Families will focus on integrating play into family therapy. The unique challenges and opportunities of working with families will be discussed. Activities and games to use in family play therapy will be presented. 

There are several more training options listed between January and June 2013. Go to STL Play Therapy for more information and to register.

November 20, 2012

What Do Feelings Sound Like?

As a play therapist I use toys and other materials to help children find ways of expressing emotions and the intensity of those emotions. You can use maracas and bells as tools to encourage children to share what their feelings sound like.

We're One of the Top 100 Counseling Resources on the Web

We are proud to announce that our blog has been selected as one of the Top 100 Counseling Resources on the Web by Masters in Counseling Information Guide. We're honored to be listed in the category of School and Children's Counseling.

November 11, 2012

Ornaments to Commemorate a Loved One

Grieving children can benefit from creating a visual that helps them remember and commemorate the person they lost. This idea for an ornament is easy to make and can be tailored to meet the specific beliefs of the child.

November 5, 2012

Portable Play Therapy

Being a portable play therapist can be challenging. Selecting the right toys and materials and finding a container that's easy to tote can seem overwhelming. This is the kit I've assembled and take into an elementary school to facilitate child-centered play therapy groups.

   We have more ideas on how to be a portable play therapist on Pinterest.