First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Cassidy WoodsFollow

Title of Poster or Paper

Play Therapy in Children with Trauma

Mentor/s

Amanda Moras Mark Jareb

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

At its core, play therapy is based on the meaning of play itself, “the central experience for the child in helping her make sense of the world around her” (Cattanach, 2008). By using a concept such as play, that is much more familiar to the child, they are able to tap into feelings, emotions, and memories that they may not have been able to express using words alone; Melanie Klein refers to play therapy as “furnished direct access to the child’s unconscious”. For many children who have gone through traumas whether it be their home life, a medical diagnosis, or anything in between, play therapy is an extremely useful tool that can be helpful to both the healthcare providers and the children in their healing process. When researching the effects of play therapy in abused children the Freudian concept is discussed, “children repeat in their play everything that has made a great impression on them in actual life” (Cattanach, 2008). In the lives of children, play therapy can be an extremely helpful tool in order for them to make sense of their own life experiences, as well as being a telling communication tool for the adults around them to understand how the children are feeling. Through a process of relationship building, play, and many other components of therapy, children are able to get similar benefits that adults do from therapy, that are tailored to their needs and cognitive function. Play therapy can be used in conjunction with other therapy methods to provide help and healing to children with trauma, and, when given the attention it deserves, can also be used to help children of marginalized communities.

College and Major available

Psychology BS

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

HN300

Location

Digital Commons

Start Day/Time

5-5-2021 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

5-5-2021 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Cassidy Woods, B.S. Psychology, Honors Minor, 2021 Graduation

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Play Therapy in Children with Trauma

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At its core, play therapy is based on the meaning of play itself, “the central experience for the child in helping her make sense of the world around her” (Cattanach, 2008). By using a concept such as play, that is much more familiar to the child, they are able to tap into feelings, emotions, and memories that they may not have been able to express using words alone; Melanie Klein refers to play therapy as “furnished direct access to the child’s unconscious”. For many children who have gone through traumas whether it be their home life, a medical diagnosis, or anything in between, play therapy is an extremely useful tool that can be helpful to both the healthcare providers and the children in their healing process. When researching the effects of play therapy in abused children the Freudian concept is discussed, “children repeat in their play everything that has made a great impression on them in actual life” (Cattanach, 2008). In the lives of children, play therapy can be an extremely helpful tool in order for them to make sense of their own life experiences, as well as being a telling communication tool for the adults around them to understand how the children are feeling. Through a process of relationship building, play, and many other components of therapy, children are able to get similar benefits that adults do from therapy, that are tailored to their needs and cognitive function. Play therapy can be used in conjunction with other therapy methods to provide help and healing to children with trauma, and, when given the attention it deserves, can also be used to help children of marginalized communities.

 

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