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Garry Landreth: Art Of The Relationship September 16 & 17, 2016


Date: September 16 & 17, 2016
Location: Intermountain Medical Center, 5121 Cottonwood St., Murray, Utah  84107
The Doty Family Education Center
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The Art of the Relationship in Play Therapy:  Deeper Issues

garyThis interactive and exploratory workshop will focus on a variety of seldom examined issues that emerge in play therapy relationships: play therapy as a process of living out beliefs about a child rather than applying techniques, methods or skills; the play therapist as a person of commitment and passion; expectancy versus expectations; intangibles that impact possibilities and progress in play therapy; understanding the sequence of inner emotional steps that precedes behavioral change and returning responsibility to children.

In this workshop, a way of Being With a child will be explored that touches the inner person of the child that is waiting to come forth and be experienced. This workshop will challenge you to look within and to examine your core beliefs about children and the therapeutic process.  Workshop activities will include experiential learning about yourself, videos of Dr. Landreth’s play therapy sessions, and the art expressions of a child who was dying.


Following the workshop, participants should be able to 1) construct a model of how play facilitates the process of self discovery; 2) describe how the person of the play therapist is a therapeutic variable; 3) explain how play therapy is a process rather than an event; 4) identify four healing messages needed by children; 5) identify dimensions of the play therapy relationship that are therapeutic; 6) describe how to empower a child by returning responsibility to the child; 7) identify the sequence of emotional steps that precedes behavioral change; 8) identify intangible dimensions that impact the play therapy relationship.

Bio. Information:  Garry L. Landreth, LPC, RPT-S, internationally recognized for his writings and work in promoting the development of child-centered play therapy, is a Regents Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counseling and founder of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Landreth is a frequent speaker at play therapy conferences around the world.  His more than 150 journal articles, books and videos include the 2014 DVD CPRT In Action: Four Couples In A CPRT Group, and the 2012 3rd edition of his award-winning book Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. Dr. Landreth’s other recent books are Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model and an accompanying Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual.  His CPRT Model received the 2010 Best Practices in Parent/Family  Education Award.  Dr. Landreth is Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy (APT).  He received the APT Lifetime Achievement Award, the APT Research Award, and the Virginia Axline Distinguished Professional Award for his work in conceptualizing and advancing the child-centered approach to play therapy.  Dr. Landreth is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Roehampton in England.

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