School of Psychology & Counseling

Play Therapy Workshops at Regent University

February 4, 2010

Regent University is proud to host play therapy workshops which are co-sponsored by Regent University's School of Psychology and Counseling and the Virginia Association for Play Therapy. You are invited to attend Narratives in the Sand: Composing Metaphors in Play Therapy and Exploring Sand Therapy in the Supervision of Play Therapists. Accomplished supervisor and therapist, Dr. Dee Preston-Dillion is leading the presentation.

Narratives in the Sand: Composing Metaphors in Play Therapy
Dr. Dee Preston Dillon will provide opportunities for participants to use sand tray and the practical technique of "little box." This is an experiential workshop for both novice and seasoned play therapists. In play therapy, working with clients across the age span, therapists use metaphors and symbols to ground their understanding and direct their interventions. The narrative play therapist works must be aware of three emerging worlds: the client's, the clinician's, and the collective cultural world. Narrative techniques (such as poetry, journaling, and fairy tales) and cultural myths and symbols will help us explore these worlds in sandplay and play therapy.

This workshop will be held on Friday, February 12 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Regent University Library building in Virginia Beach. The student registration fee is $35.

Exploring Sand Therapy in the Supervision of Play Therapists
Supervision and clinical work with sand are interconnected in ways that are as complex as sand therapy itself. Hence, those who supervise the use of sand need specialized training in order to fully appreciate the process.  The purpose of this training is to provide supervisors an opportunity to work with problems that arise when using sand, especially regarding boundaries and case conceptualization. Case examples and experiential work will guide participants as they explore ethical principles for supervision and use of sand.

This training is especially useful for supervisors who mentor graduate students and colleagues seeking certification in play therapy. Participants will explore boundaries for supervision, ethical considerations, and clinical skills to create a safe space for supervision, and respond to sand scenes.

This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 13 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Regent University classroom building in Virginia Beach. Registration for this event is $60 for VAPT members, $70 for others.

Who Should Attend
The workshops are designed for mental health counselors, psychologists, school counselors, school psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, graduate students and other experienced professionals who work with children and families. The Narratives in the Sand: Composing Metaphors in Play Therapy workshop is designed to be of interest to beginning, intermediate and advanced child and adolescent therapists of all theoretical orientations.  Exploring Sand Therapy in the Supervision of Play Therapists is a small group, intensive workshop especially designed for supervisors.

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