Posts Tagged "play therapy"

Case Formulation Guide for Professionals Working with Children and Families

Posted by on Sep 11, 2022

When child and family professionals such as play therapists and family therapists are presented with new cases, there is much to be learned in a short time. Working together with the family, therapists typically review the family’s history and relationships along with the parents’ or family’s reasons for coming. Regardless of theoretical orientation, therapists work with the family to establish treatment goals and an overall plan for moving forward. This can be an overwhelming task for relatively new therapists, and even for experienced therapists when confronted with complex and/or multiple traumas, attachment disruptions, and a multitude of other situations. Where does one start to tease apart the situation to determine which goals represent a starting place? There are no easy answers.

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Finding and Preparing a Dog for Canine Assisted Play Therapy™

Posted by on Feb 14, 2021

Another frequently asked question about Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ pertains to finding the right canine partner and preparing the dog for the work. Most common are questions about which breeds make the best therapy dogs. These are actually more complex questions than many people realize. This blogpost is designed to point readers toward some helpful resources that we have developed.

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Getting Started in Animal Assisted Play Therapy™

Posted by on Feb 12, 2021

Read this to explore the field of Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ and learn how to get into this exciting field!

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Animals Speak! Issue 13: Pandemic Tips for Kids and How to Keep Busy

Posted by on Jun 27, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused lots of changes for everyone, including kids and even dogs! In this issue of Animals Speak!, Josie Patches has a short message of what she has been up to and then introduces our special guest for this issue!
Animals Speak! is a project of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy® to provide encouragement and help to kids during the pandemic in a light-hearted manner.

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Animals Speak! Issue #11: Hong Kong Therapy Dogs Sing For You!

Posted by on May 22, 2020

Animals Speak! is a a project of the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® featuring therapists and their animals from all over the world who have been trained in AAPT. The purpose is to provide child-friendly information about topics related to the pandemic, along with some fun or interesting ideas to help kids of all ages cope with what is going on. In Issue 11, we will hear from some singing dogs from Hong Kong!

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