The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 11:40am - 1:00pm
Non-directive Play Therapy for Expressive Arts Therapists

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ROOM 809

This workshop will present an overview of non-directive play therapy. Non-directive play therapy is an effective, developmentally appropriate approach to working with children. For expressive arts therapists, possessing a basic knowledge of the non-directive approach may enhance the therapeutic process, particularly with younger children, as the integration of skills can help establish rapport, support emotional development, build self-regulation skills, and facilitate the child's expression. Specific strategies, including describing the child's actions, identifying and naming feelings, and therapeutic limit setting, along with other play based interventions that support self-regulation, will be presented didactically and through video examples. Participants will also be given the opportunity to practice the skills in small groups.




Eligible for APT continuing education credits


Christian Bellissimo, MSW, LCSW, RPT

Christian Bellissimo, LCSW, RPT, has been a practicing play therapist for 14 years. Early in his career, he worked with a number of children who lost parents on 9/11. Christian is currently employed by Asbury Park Schools’ Department of Early Childhood as a social worker/play therapist... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:40am - 1:00pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY