Play Therapy Conference Held on A.P. White Campus
Posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010 [4:01 PM]
Enrica Macklin of Louisville, Ky., enjoys an experiential clay
exercise during a training
session held at the June 24-25 play therapy conference at the A.P.
White Campus. The
event was sponsored by the college's Appalachian Play Therapy
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College Associate
Professor of Human Services Jodi Crane does not mean to appear
overzealous when she talks about the potential play therapy holds
for some individuals.
"I hate to use the word magic, but that would be a good way to
describe it," Crane said.
On June 24-25, a total of 55 mental-health professionals and
students from six states had a firsthand opportunity to learn about
play therapy when they attended the second conference sponsored by
the LWC Appalachian Play Therapy Center.
Crane, who is director of the LWC Appalachian Play Therapy
Center, has high praise for the growing form of therapy used in the
United States. As the United States Association for Play Therapy
points out, Aristotle and Plato reflected on the fundamental
importance of play in the lives of human beings.
The June 24-25 conference held at LWC featured training by noted
child and adolescent mental-health professional Felicia
Caroll, who is founder-director and advanced trainer at the
West Coast Institute for Gestalt Play Therapy.
Carroll led training sessions and also discussed a wide range of
play therapy techniques. The training sought to build a theoretical
understanding and clinical skills in working with children and
adolescents from the perspective of gestalt psychotherapy -- a form
of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility and that
focuses on an individual's experiences.
"Children learn best through play," Crane said. "Play impacts
cognitive, physical, social and emotional behaviors. Hence the
primary benefit from a therapy standpoint is the fact that children
communicate and realize some of their conscious and unconscious
desires through the therapy."