Pre-teens and Teens in Play Therapy

From twelve-year-olds to seniors in high school, adolescence is a changing time. This makes play therapy a challenge: how do you heal those maneuvering the middle ground between childhood and adulthood? This video course explores when to apply directive and non-directive play, how to work with older children, how to set goals for this population, and how to turn the awkward into the authentic.

Topics covered include:

  • What is happening in the teenage brain?
  • Emotional versus chronological age
  • Myths about the teenage years
  • The dopamine system
  • 4 fears of the brain
  • Dealing with the resistant teen
  • Discovering the authentic self
  • Genius and values
  • The Set-Up
  • Modeling regulation
  • Facilitating therapy
  • When to play and when to talk

Please scroll down for video course details and objectives.




Pre-teens and Teens in Play Therapy Objectives:

  • Understand why it is important not to have a script for when to apply directive and non-directive play therapy interventions with pre-teens and teens
  • Understand the importance of assessing the pre-teen or teen’s emotional age in the play therapy process
  • Understand the most important goal when applying play therapy to your work with pre-teens and teens

What: A 3-hour video course dedicated to using play therapy with older children and teens.

Where: Your house, your office, or a local cafe!

Credits: 3 Non-Contact Credits*

Cost: $55.00 (USD), for access for ever. This course doesn’t expire.

Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

* Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, APT Approved Provider 09-264

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