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By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:
-Identify two play therapy tools for children with ADHD.
-Explain the meaning of play therapy.
-Explain how symbolic play enhances therapy.
-Name two reasons why play therapy makes counseling for children more effective.
-Identify what externalizing behaviors in children make parents and teachers believe that they need counseling.
-Name one indicator regarding child's readiness for termination phase.
-Discuss considerations when play therapists engage in empathy.
-Name three limitations in the playroom.
-Name basic tenets of child-centered play therapy.
-List questions regarding therapeutic relationship.
-Describe different self-care practices related to play therapy.
-List words used to describe a play therapist.
-Discuss the use of expressive arts in play therapy.
-Explain why music is an effective play therapy tool.
-Explain what assumption the therapeutic use of a drawing is based on.
-Explain why should the therapist remain three or four feet from the child and move as the child moves, unless closer or greater distance is indicated.
-Explain the major rationale given to the mother when explaining the need to involve her in play therapy.
-Explain what behaviors children who deny their need for structure may display.
-Explain what types of feeding behaviors are often observed once the initial reactions to the food have been worked through.
-Name what two-stage developmental framework Anna Freud's account of the reasons why children do not make use of free-associative can be cast into.
-Explain very important in children's development, that the therapist should introduce gradually in whatever form the child can tolerate.
-Explain play satiation.
-Explain which play therapy activity involves each child standing in front of the group while the others make up a song in which he or she stars.
-Explain why Aaron was a good candidate for the squiggle game.
-Name the second stage in the developmental sequence of play identified by imitating and pretending.
-Explain why you should imitate every noise a cerebral palsy child makes during play therapy.

"The instructional level of this course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced depending on the learners clinical area of expertise."