Enriching Our Work in Play Therapy: Can Fairy Tales Really Inspire Us in a Time Like This?

6 APT Contact Hours approved by Dr. Roz Training & Consultation APT Approved Provider (#18-547). No NBCC Credit available for this course. | taught by Rosalind Heiko, PhD. , RPT-S, ISST, CST-T, NCSP

Course description

This training provides 6 Total CE CONTACT APT play therapy training hours: 2 hours on the special topic of fairy tales and storytelling; 1 hour on skills and methods and 3 hours of play therapy interventions. Dr. Roz Training & Consultation is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy and offers continuing education specific to play therapy (#18-547). This training also applies towards certification through Sandplay Therapists of America (STA), a component section of the International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST), for six credit hours of training. 

Dr. Roz Training & Consultation is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy and offers continuing education specific to play therapy (#18-547).   Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed.   

This training is offered on two dates (Part 1 and Part 2) in 3 hour segments with an intermission break . A required check-in time 15 minutes before the start of the session will allow for administrative tasks to be completed before the training begins. Both trainings (Parts 1 and 2), if attended live, will award a certificate reflecting 6 hours of APT contact play therapy training.

Both trainings will be recorded, so if you can not attend either of the live training components, you will receive access to the recorded version for non-contact training hours with both APT and ISST/STA. NO PARTIAL CREDIT for CE Contact training hours will be awarded [for instance, if you attend Part 1 training and can’t attend Part 2 for any reason (or vice versa)]. Attendees must be present for live events for the entire duration of Part 1 and 2 to complete an entire online course (with quiz) to obtain the 6 hour CE credit. The rationale for this is that both Part 1 and 2 components are necessary for how this foundational training is structured. 

Participants must attend BOTH live sessions in order to obtain contact hour credit.  If a participant misses either of the live sessions, then a recorded version of the course, with non-contact APT credit will be available at no additional cost.  There will be no refund issues for participants that do not attend the live sessions.

Parts 1 and 2 sessions are offered on Mondays:  July 20 and July 27 from 1:30 pm EDT (check-in) to 4:45 pm EDT with a half-hour break in-between the three hour trainings.


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Fairy tales hold fascination for therapists and clients alike - and especially for children. These tales - indeed, all enchanted stories and myths - were originally told to adults as teaching and entertainment tales. As with all the bounty of creative endeavor, slowly over centuries these tales turned into something else, something marvelous for children to relate their struggles and triumphs to personal achievement. 

Increasingly, it has become paramount for therapists to guide parent and child clients to assist in developing mindful connection and resilience. Storytelling focuses the attendant ability to perceive and discriminate what is vital when trusting in cognitive intuition. Fairytales frequently highlight crucial aspects of perspective-taking and recognition of patterns and insights needed to address developmental trauma. By identifying themes in enchanted stories - fairytales, myths and cross-cultural stories - therapists can begin to understand the challenges inherent in children’s complex life struggles. Through their work in sandplay specifically, children can locate joy and resilience in their journey narratives.

As clinicians, we can adapt these stories to target specific client difficulties and challenges, particularly during this pandemic and beyond. What themes does a particular tale explore? What might we want to get across through a tale to a troubled client or family? Can therapists working with traditional stories as well as re-imagined tales, address current issues, such as neurodiversity, the neurobiology of traumatic experience, or gender fluidity, and incorporate them into psychotherapeutic treatment plans?

Jungian analyst and writer Clarissa Pinkola Estes reflected, "Fairy tales, myths, and stories provide understandings which sharpen our sight so we can pick out and pick up the path left by the wildish nature. The instruction found in stories reassures us that the path has not run out, but still leads women deeper, and more deeply still, into their own knowing. The tracks which we are following are those of the Wild Woman archetype, the innate instinctual self…” [Women Who Run With the Wolves, 1992, p. 6]. Through this workshop we will begin to explore the nature of archetype, symbol and meaning in Fairy Tales through clinician experience and working through specific tales. Participants will create their own client story based on a re-telling of a chosen tale. Storytelling, case presentation and vignette, poetry, creative art, and guided group discussion will enhance understanding of the use of fairy tales in therapeutic practice. 

Learning Objectives 

At the close of this training, participants will be able to:


  1. Describe the way that story and role in fairy tales can provide a therapeutic container and a sheltered experience for processing traumatic material in play therapy practice.

  2. Describe 3 uses of fairy tales for play therapists in the clinical setting in their office or on an online secure platform.

  3. Identify 3 story themes and roles in fairy tales to encourage mastery as part of a play therapy practice.

  4. Identify at least 4 journey stages for children in the play therapy setting when using fairy tales.

  5. List and describe 3 different strategies to target specific client challenges (such as self-regulation and mindfulness) in the play therapy setting using fairy tale imagery and symbolism.

  6. Explain the concept of individuation and relate this understanding to the unique role that fairy tales can perform in play therapy practice.

  7. Comfortably create and embody a fairy tale telling or re-tellling experience in role play.

  8. Identify 2 different therapeutic powers of play that are realized when the playful introduction of fairy tales or re-imagined tales are employed. 



Rosalind Heiko, PhD. , RPT-S, ISST, CST-T, NCSP
Rosalind Heiko, PhD. , RPT-S, ISST, CST-T, NCSP
Instructor

Rosalind Heiko, Ph.D. (aka “Dr. Roz”) is a psychologist and Play Therapist-Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy in the US (RPT-S); a Sandplay teacher with the International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST) and the Sandplay Therapists of America (STA); and also holds national certification in school psychology. She trains therapists nationally and internationally. Dr. Roz is an Executive Board Member of the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals, and has been an Executive Board member of STA. She has worked clinically with children and families for over 35 years. She has published chapters in books edited by Eliana Gil and Eric Green, as well as being an author of several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Her most recent book is A Therapist’s Guide to Mapping the Girl Heroine’s Journey in Sandplay (2018), published by Rowman & Littlefield. Reach her at www.drheiko.com

APT Credits are provided by: Dr. Roz Training & Consultation.  

Dr. Roz Training & Consultation is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy and offers continuing education specific to play therapy (#18-547).   Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. 

Dr. Roz Training & Consultation is also a member of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA), a component section of the International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST).  Please contact email info@drheiko.com to request information about a certificate for ISST/STA CE’s. 

 

Jennifer Taylor has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 6928. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly marked.  Jennifer Taylor is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Technical support for this course is provided by Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services, LLC.