Play Therapy Week is a week for therapists to promote the therapeutic powers of play, both to clients and colleagues, to help give them a better understanding of why play is so integral to a child healing and growing in therapy. As words are to an adult, play is to a child; play is the language of the child.
The Association for Play Therapy defines Play Therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical
model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained Play Therapists use the therapeutic
powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal
growth and development.”
In other words, although a trained therapist may look as though “they are only playing” with a
child client (as overheard more than once), they are actually working from developmental and
theoretical foundations that help them determine which interventions may be most helpful for a
particular child with specific presenting problems.
At CSI, in both our Springfield and Dorchester offices, we will be promoting the therapeutic powers of play to our clinicians by offering them play therapy interventions to create and engage in themselves this week. One is never too old to play!