What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is the oldest form of child therapy. It is a rapidly growing therapy practiced throughout the world. Play therapy is based on the fact that play is the language of children.  Play Therapy is used to help children communicate and resolve challenges.  Play helps therapists develop a therapeutic alliance with their child clients.  Through play children learn to relate to others, master new skills, and to achieve a better sense of self.

Play Therapy is composed of a wide variety of theories: client centered, CBT, narrative, object relations, Adlerian, experiential, and Theraplay, to name a few.  In the last decade there has been a strong focus on research to support the validity of using Play Therapy in work with children.  Play Therapy is an ever evolving field.

Play Therapists are trained to utilize skills to best meet the unique needs that each child presents in therapy. Play Therapists stay current with the latest advances and developments in the use of directive and non-directive therapies.

Play Therapy is a profession that is growing because of the strength of its research, trained therapists, practical strategies, and cultural sensitivity.  IL-APT recognizes the surge of information related to Play Therapy theories and research.  Together with the national Association for Play Therapy, IL-APT helps forward this information to its members through newsletters and trainings to support the professional development of its members.

To find out more about Play Therapy follow the link to the Association for Play Therapy Overview page:  http://www.a4pt.org/ps.playtherapy.cfm?ID=1158

To find a Play Therapist in your area go to http://www.a4pt.org/directory.cfm

Sand Table in the play therapy room of an Illinois Association for Play Therapy member