Ethics and Authenticity in Play Therapy
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 1:45 PM EST
Presenter: Christina Scott
These workshops offer 3 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits
The debate regarding the use of therapist self-disclosure in therapy sessions has been a long-standing dilemma for many mental health therapists. With research studies primarily focused on the use of self-disclosure with adult clients, the verdict is still out as to whether self-disclosure is appropriate and when it might be helpful. Limited research is available regarding the use of self-disclosure with child clients, and play therapists are tasked with the ethical decision of whether to engage in self-disclosure, how much and in what context self-disclosure is appropriate and how this might look during a play therapy session with a child.
This training focuses on examining the research that is available, discussing ethical considerations in the use of self-disclosure as well as exploring the types of self-disclosure and the possible reasons for engaging in self-disclosure as a therapeutic tool. The training will focus on the play therapy model of Synergetic Play Therapy, discussing elements of resonance, window of tolerance and co-regulation. During this training, the facilitator will discuss anecdotal case studies pertaining to using self-disclosure - identifying both positive and negative experiences. Interventions and techniques will be discussed as to how to utilize appropriate experiential self-disclosure in the play therapy room.
1:45 –2:15 p.m. Educate participants on the basics of play therapy, exploring the research, rationale, and approaches. Provide an overview of ethical considerations when using play therapy.
2:15 –2:45 p.m. Explore existing research on the use of therapist self-disclosure in counseling sessions. Investigate studies specifically focused on self-disclosure within play therapy.
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Discuss ethical considerations when utilizing self-disclosure. Utilize an ethical decision-making model which has been used within the play therapy context.
3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Identify techniques and strategies for appropriately and purposefully employing self-disclosure in play therapy sessions using the Synergetic Play Therapy model.
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Engage participants in specific interventions focused on utilizing self-disclosure and authenticity in a therapeutic, playful way.
4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Address questions from participants and engage in professional discussion regarding the controversial topic of therapist self-disclosure. Invite participants to share personal experiences of self-disclosure use and facilitate professional discussion.