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Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes

By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:
-Name one reason why using mandalas and coloring utensils can be useful when working with a child with ADHD.
-Explain how Non-Directive Play Therapy can help a Counselor provide a safe atmosphere for children.
-Name one reason why the symbolism of Play Therapy can be helpful if a child is having difficulty expressing his or her feelings.
-Name two reasons why Play Therapy can make counseling for children as effective as Talk Therapy can be for adults.
-Explain in what stage of Play Therapy might the Counselor see the child's behavior that caused the parents and teacher to believe counseling was necessary.
-Explain why is "rehearsal-for-life" during play an indicator of a child's readiness for the Termination stage.
-Name one reason why a therapist should not comfort the child by saying phrases like "everything will be okay" when engaging in Empathy, one of the Core Conditions of Counseling.
-Explain the danger of the therapist demonstrating reactionary behavior toward the child's actions.
-Explain what the speaker means when she says that the definition of self is the "totality of perceptions of the child."
-Explain the basis of the therapist's role with a child client regarding adjustment and maladjustment.
-Explain what the therapist should do in response to the child's actions instead of correcting them.
-Name the two situations that the speaker advised that the therapist refer the child to another therapist.
-Name the three reasons that mandalas can be particularly useful for young children, adolescents, or teens.
-Name the four steps in the "Pop the Problem" exercise.
-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."