INTENSIVES

Pre-Requisites

This course will focus on practical training in play therapy. Participants will counsel a child using play therapy under the direct supervision of the instructors.

A Master’s Degree, or currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree program, in a mental health field with a basic counseling practicum completed. In addition, the attendee must have participated in a basic play therapy training workshop presented by Dr. Byron and/or Dr. Carol Norton.  Having read the textbook, Reaching Children Through Play Therapy by Drs. Carol and Byron Norton would also satisfy this prerequisite.

 

Participant Requirements

  • Attend all training sessions during 45 hours of involvement.
  • Complete 8 recorded play therapy sessions with child client.
  • Receive instructor critique of all 8 play therapy sessions.
  • Observe a minimum of 12 play therapy sessions with instructor commentary.
  • Participate in a minimum of 12 tape critique sessions with other intensive participants.
  • Have a minimum of 3 “bug-in-the-ear” play therapy supervision sessions.
  • Complete client file with termination summary and recommendations.

Course Objectives

  • Learn the basic skills necessary to perform play therapy with a child.
  • Develop the skills necessary to advance therapy through the stages.
  • Learn to join with a child through play to facilitate therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Become familiar with common issues that occur in play therapy and the skills required to handle these issues in a therapeutic manner.
  • Understand and track the themes of a child’s play.
  • To learn responding styles used in play therapy.
Course Outline
  • Introduction to the course and participants’ requirements.
  • Complete intake procedures in play therapy sessions, including all appropriate forms, intake with parent(s)/guardian(s), intake with the child.
  • Staff intakes and develop a treatment plan.
  • Understand the dynamics of each stage in the process of play therapy.
  • Purpose of limit and protection setting in play therapy.
  • The therapeutic issues confronted in the different stages of play therapy.
  • Assessing and tracking themes and metaphors of children in play therapy.
  • The responding Matrix in play therapy.
  • Clinical notes of sessions.
  • Perform appropriate termination or transfer process.

“The ability to see the progression of therapy and learn this model takes children’s play to a whole new level. I feel so enriched and flooded with such valuable insight into treating children of trauma.”

Lindsay, Cheyenne, WY

“An extremely valuable training that has enabled me to learn and grow. I feel this training has given me even more than I expected.”

Dana, Colorado Springs, CO

“Excellent information and I really appreciate your respect for the child.”

Michelle, Mission Viejo, CA

“As expected and beyond –offered a way to learn experiential play therapy by experiencing it.”

Leah, Redmond, WA

“The training was life changing, both personally and professionally”

Tonya, EauClaire, WI

“I am in court frequently as an expert witness but never had any trainings on the topic before, so I think this will be very helpful to others who have yet to testify. I would have loved this information before my first case in court.”

Kristi, Gladstone, MO

“Thank you, Dr. Norton, for your expertise and willingness to share it so children all over can benefit from trained professionals”

Helen, Brooklyn, NY

“Awesome learning. Received  a better understanding of metaphor in play. GREAT!”

Jodi, Little Falls, MN

“This was a wonderful seminar, jam-packed with essential, powerful, and interesting information, insights, and technique. I know I will use what I learned in every session I do with children beginning immediately.”

Jennifer, Montpelier, VT

“The training helped to understand the complexities of children’s play process in relation to high conflict divorce.”

Amanda, Vienna, VA

Program Fees and Registration

The week-long training costs $1650.00, with a $500.00 deposit required to reserve a position in the intensive training. A position will not be considered reserved until the deposit is received. The balance is due on or before the first day of the training. Please be sure to read our cancellation policy if you've registered and are not able to attend.

2017 Dates.

Greeley, Colorado Intensives                                   Minneapolis, Minnesota  Intensives
June 11-16                                                                 August 13-18

Additional Program Information

Meeting Times: Please call our office regarding the start time. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday meetings will be from 8am to 5:45pm. Wednesday generally runs from 9am to 5pm.

Greeley Location: 1750 25th Avenue, Suite 200, Greeley, Colorado 80634
Phone: 970-351-6697 Fax: 970-351-6687

Minneapolis Location: 6950 France Ave, S. Suite 430, Edina, MN 55435

Enrollment: Each course is limited to five people, with a minimum of three people.

Greeley Lodging: We recommend the following for reasonably priced accommodations:

  • Country Inn and Suites, 2501 West 29th Street, 970-330-3404.
  • Day's Inn, 2467 West 29th Street, 970-330-6380
  • Fairfield Inn, 2401 West 29th Street, 970-339-5030.

Transportation: For information on a shuttle from the Denver airport to Greeley, Call 970-356-3366. Transportation between the hotels and the training site will be provided if needed.

For other locations, please call the office at 970-351-6688.

Recommended Text For This Course

Norton, Carol and Norton, Byron (2008 3rd ed.) Reaching Children Through Play Therapy: An Experiential Approach Denver, CO: The Publishers Cooperative.

Moustakas, Clark (1997/2002) Relationship Play Therapy Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Publishers.

Axline, Virginia (1969) Play Therapy NY: Ballantine Books.

Landreth, Garry (1991) Play Therapy, the Art of the Relationship Munice, IN: Accelerated Development Inc. Publishers.

SELECTED READINGS: Handouts to students.

“The ability to see the progression of therapy and learn this model takes children’s play to a whole new level. I feel so enriched and flooded with such valuable insight into treating children of trauma.”

Lindsay, Cheyenne, WY

“As expected and beyond –offered a way to learn experiential play therapy by experiencing it.”

Leah, Redmond, WA

“An extremely valuable training that has enabled me to learn and grow. I feel this training has given me even more than I expected.”

Dana, Colorado Springs, CO

“The training was life changing, both personally and professionally”

Tonya, EauClaire, WI

“I am in court frequently as an expert witness but never had any trainings on the topic before, so I think this will be very helpful to others who have yet to testify. I would have loved this information before my first case in court.”

Kristi, Gladstone, MO

“This was a wonderful seminar, jam-packed with essential, powerful, and interesting information, insights, and technique. I know I will use what I learned in every session I do with children beginning immediately.”

Jennifer, Montpelier, VT

“Excellent information and I really appreciate your respect for the child.”

Michelle, Mission Viejo, CA

“Thank you, Dr. Norton, for your expertise and willingness to share it so children all over can benefit from trained professionals”

Helen, Brooklyn, NY

“Awesome learning. Received  a better understanding of metaphor in play. GREAT!”

Jodi, Little Falls, MN

“The training helped to understand the complexities of children’s play process in relation to high conflict divorce.”

Amanda, Vienna, VA