Lessons From The Playroom

Sinopsis

The Play Therapy Institute of Colorados Lessons From the Playroom Podcasts are a series of recorded podcasts designed to help therapists understand the little lessons that kids teach us that make a big difference in the play therapy process.Our podcast host, Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an innovative and inspiring teacher and pioneer in play therapy. She founded and is the CEO of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, a cutting-edge model of play therapy that bridges the gap between neuroscience and psychology. Lisa teaches and supervises all over the world, helping transform the lives of thousands of therapists and children. With these podcasts, she'll teach you practical ways to transform both you and the child clients you work with. These inspiring educational lessons are sure to leave you feeling more confident and excited for your next session!

Episodios

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 51 - Working With Gifted Children in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 51 - Working With Gifted Children in Play Therapy

    12/06/2019 Duración: 23min

    Gifted children are unquestionably bright, but the gifted child isn't the same as the intelligent child. Often the difference lies not only in intellectual needs but also the ability to regulate. Giftedness typically comes packaged with self-imposed standards that are impossibly hard to meet, leaving the child bored, angry, or anxious. 

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 50 - Sibling Rivalry: The Inevitable Childhood Conflict

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 50 - Sibling Rivalry: The Inevitable Childhood Conflict

    29/05/2019 Duración: 29min

    Parents often want their children to get along, a family environment void of argument. But the sibling dynamic is one in which disagreement is unavoidable. This isn't always a bad thing - conflict leads to empowerment and growth. 

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 49: Working With Parents in the Playroom

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 49: Working With Parents in the Playroom

    16/05/2019 Duración: 26min

    Parents in the playroom can give even the most seasoned play therapists pause, leaving them feeling insecure and watched. But moms and dads are part of the healing package. Relying on the power of parents only enhances the power of play. 

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 48: Rupture and Repair in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 48: Rupture and Repair in Play Therapy

    02/05/2019 Duración: 22min

    Rupture, repair, repeat - it's a recipe for relationship. Whether that relationship is with your client or with yourself, misattunement is an unavoidable but necessary occurrence. It provides the foundation of trust, opening the doors to true healing.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 47: Double Duty: Working With Twins in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 47: Double Duty: Working With Twins in Play Therapy

    17/04/2019 Duración: 33min

    Twins may be nature's 2-for-1 deal, but being a twin (or having twins) comes with unique challenges not always experienced by singletons. From separation anxiety to individuality, join Lisa Dion (who is a fraternal twin) and Susan Stutzman (a mother of identical twins) as they discuss these marvelous multiples.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 46: Resurrecting Rogers - What Did Carl Rogers Really Want to Say?

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 46: Resurrecting Rogers - What Did Carl Rogers Really Want to Say?

    03/04/2019 Duración: 23min

    Carl Rogers is one of the most influential psychologists in history, but he's also one of the most misunderstood. Above all, he advocated for acceptance of self so clinicians could help their clients do the same. In this podcast, Lisa takes you right into the words and teachings to help us explore what he truly wanted us to know and some of it just might surprise you.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 45: Dueling Parents - Managing High Conflict Divorce in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 45: Dueling Parents - Managing High Conflict Divorce in Play Therapy

    20/03/2019 Duración: 23min

    Divorce is often painted as a traumatizing experience, but what it looks like through the perspective of a child varies greatly. Working with high conflict divorce requires recognizing this deviation. It also requires a neutrality, and a focus on what matters most: healing the child.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 44: Emotional Flooding in the Playroom: When the Therapist Finds Themselves Outside their Window of Tolerance

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 44: Emotional Flooding in the Playroom: When the Therapist Finds Themselves Outside their Window of Tolerance

    06/03/2019 Duración: 25min

    Emotional flooding is part of therapy: it occurs in all play therapy paradigms. Looking at it not through a lens of shame but with a focus on connection turns it from an enemy into an ally. In fact, emotional flooding - because of its realness and rawness - can lead to greater levels of healing and authenticity.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 43: Why isnt this child playing? When a child wont play in play therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 43: Why isn't this child playing? When a child won't play in play therapy

    20/02/2019 Duración: 18min

    A playroom without play can cause confusion. But there are many reasons a child may leave the toy box shut. Sometimes, it's a reflection of anxiety or tied to a younger emotional age. Other times, this issue isn't one at all: discovering the play requires setting aside our preconceived notions about what play entails.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 42: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the Playroom

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 42: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the Playroom

    06/02/2019 Duración: 22min

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is often misunderstood, with diagnoses that vary by country. In this podcast, Lisa is joined by special guest Natascha Lawrence as they work to break down the confusion surrounding FASD while exploring the ways to most effectively support these amazing and misunderstood children.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 41: Peeking Through the Play: Hide-and-Go-Seek and Peek-a-Boo in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 41: Peeking Through the Play: Hide-and-Go-Seek and Peek-a-Boo in Play Therapy

    24/01/2019 Duración: 18min

    Child's play is serious business and Peek-a-Boo and Hide-and-Go-Seek are no exceptions. But these games, like so many, act as a platform for the emotions a child is processing at any given time. At their heart, they may be most about wanting to be seen and wanting to be found.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 40: The Elements of Art in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 40: The Elements of Art in Play Therapy

    09/01/2019 Duración: 20min

    Art in the playroom can be a challenge, especially for therapists who believe they are artistically limited. But art provides a necessary and informative outlet for children. It's not the final product that's important; it's the process that counts. Being present and attuned keeps the therapist from painting themselves into a corner of insecurity and self-doubt. 

  • Episode 39 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Movies in the Playroom

    Episode 39 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Movies in the Playroom

    30/11/2018 Duración: 22min

    Recreating a movie can sometimes take the place of imaginative play. When this happens in the playroom, it provides clues to the underlying problem and challenges. The key is learning to flip the "script" towards integration.  

  • Episode 38 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: People Pleasing in the Playroom

    Episode 38 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: People Pleasing in the Playroom

    02/11/2018 Duración: 20min

    People-pleasing in the playroom happens, and not just with children; therapists get caught in people-pleasing too!  This ever-so-familiar coping strategy is often covering up challenges a child or therapist may not yet be able to face. Recognizing why this happens and what to do when it happens is the first step to creating a session filled with integration instead of placation.

  • Episode 37 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Early Termination in Play Therapy

    Episode 37 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Early Termination in Play Therapy

    27/09/2018 Duración: 25min

    Early termination happens for a handful of reasons. Sometimes, we can't change this. But shifting our perspective helps us look at terminations through another view, trusting ourselves and the child in the process. 

  • Episode 36 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Using Bop Bags in the Playroom

    Episode 36 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Using Bop Bags in the Playroom

    12/09/2018 Duración: 24min

    Bop bags in the playroom are a controversial toy. But do they promote aggression and anger? Or can they be used to promote integration, self-awareness, and regulation? The answer: it depends on how you use them.

  • Episode 35 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: 9 Elements to an Effective Teachers Conference

    Episode 35 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: 9 Elements to an Effective Teacher's Conference

    27/08/2018 Duración: 29min

    Teachers and play therapists make a powerful pair, but this starts with an initial conference. How can clinicians assure this meeting goes well, putting themselves in a position where they're viewed as an ally rather than a threat? Success involves nine elements and lots of validation.

  • Episode 34 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Going Below the Surface - Why Getting Underneath is the Key to Healing

    Episode 34 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Going Below the Surface - Why Getting Underneath is the Key to Healing

    08/08/2018 Duración: 20min

    Play therapists often focus on protocol, technique, and, of course, toys. But what's below all this? Engaging the right-brain and allowing yourself to feel are keys to helping your clients. 

  • Episode 33 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Getting it Wrong in the Playroom - Why Mistakes are Must-Dos for Great Play Therapists

    Episode 33 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Getting it Wrong in the Playroom - Why Mistakes are Must-Dos for Great Play Therapists

    25/07/2018 Duración: 22min

    All of us have moments when we doubt ourselves. Moments when we shake our heads in frustration. Moments when we have no idea what we're doing. But challenges in the playroom are a necessity - they allow us to master new techniques and broaden our skills. Getting it wrong? It might just be right.

  • Episode 32 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Does teletherapy work in play therapy?

    Episode 32 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Does teletherapy work in play therapy?

    29/06/2018 Duración: 24min

    Teletherapy allows us to reach clients regardless of distance. In play therapy, it requires modification and parental support. But the connection can be powerful and purposeful. 

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