Religious and spiritual beliefs develop and evolve throughout the lifespan. Clients often turn to religion and spirituality to draw strength and hope during difficult times. Bereavement is such a time. The bereaved often draw on religious and spiritual rituals to help them get through difficult times. These are largely influenced by family and culture.
While there isn't a lot of research about religion and spirituality in play therapy, it is commonly documented that religious and spiritual themes emerge throughout play therapy. In fact, many sand tray play therapists have a variety of miniatures representing different faiths and spiritual beliefs.
Research does suggest that counselors have implicit biases that may affect how we view others' religious beliefs even without our realizing it. Furthermore, research suggests that religion and spirituality are two different constructs and can predict different health and well-being outcomes.
This workshop offers a synthesis of research into religious and spiritual beliefs, multicultural competencies, and play therapy themes. The workshop is designed to help play therapists become aware of the role of religious and spiritual play therapy themes in enhancing a child's overall health and wellness. It is also designed to increase awareness of how our own beliefs may enhance or inhibit our supporting play themes related to religious and spiritual beliefs that are different from our own.
- Describe religious and spiritual play therapy themes through a faith-development lens
- Compare and contrast religious and spiritual themes and how they may emerge in the play therapy
- Discuss the importance of religions and spiritual competencies in play therapy providers
Faculty: Emily Keller, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT
Dates: June 13, 2021
Times: 11 AM - 2 PM
Early Registration: $72, by May 30, 2021
Registration: $90, after May 30, 2021
Contact CE Hours: 3 (APT)
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been
approved by APT for 3 CONTACT CE Hours
Participants: Mental Health Professionals
30 Minute Introduction to religion and spirituality (R/S) as research constructs
30 Minute discussion about play therapy research related to R/S
30 Minute exploration of R/S beliefs in participants
30 Minute exploration of R/S symbols and metaphors
30 Minute exploration of R/S themes in play therapy
15 Minute discussion of bias and culture
15 Minute Wrapup
Cancellation Policy: Refunds minus the non-refundable deposit ($50) will be granted for cancellations made at least 7 days before the start of the workshop. We do not grant refunds for cancellations made seven days prior to the start of the workshop.
|Registration Fee||$ 90.00|