In many play therapy approaches, therapists conceptualize their clients and develop treatment plans that feature custom-designed play therapy interventions based on an understanding of clients’ interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics and the need for shifts in clients’ patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. For instance, Adlerian play therapists have recently begun incorporating consideration of temperament as an essential component of lifestyle conceptualization and treatment planning. In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to nine temperament traits (activity level, rhythmicity, first reactions, adaptability, sensitivity, intensity of reaction, mood, distractibility and persistence) and learn tools for assessing those traits in the playroom. They will also learn how to use temperament as one component in their conceptualization of play therapy clients and begin to develop tools for designing play therapy interventions to help children and parents learn to cope with the influence of those temperament traits on the thinking, feeling and behaving of child clients.
The Play Therapy Training Institute Presents: Understanding and Using Temperament in Play Therapy
A virtual play therapy training that offers four APT Non-Contact Play Therapy credits
Terry Kottman, Ph.D., RPT-S, NCC, LMHC
Nikole Pauli, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S
*Please provide the year you graduated and Panther Card ID #.
**Current students must complete and send the Application for Student Discount Rate to qualify for the reduced fee.
About the Presenters
Terry Kottman, Ph.D., RPT-S, NCC founded The Encouragement Zone, a center in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she provides play therapy training and supervision, life coaching, counseling and “playshops” for women. She developed Adlerian play therapy, an approach to counseling children that combines the ideas and techniques of individual psychology and play therapy. Kottman regularly presents workshops and writes about play therapy, activity-based counseling, school counseling and life coaching. She is the author of “Partners in Play, Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond” and several other books.
Nikole Pauli, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S runs a successful private practice in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is passionate about walking alongside adults, children, families and couples. In addition to counseling, Pauli serves as a high school youth director at Orchard Hill Church. As a former collegiate and professional track and field athlete, she now uses that passion to coach high school hurdlers and teach classes at Ninja U, a ninja obstacle gym she co-owns with her husband, Jacob.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Give a clear definition of temperament and a rationale for why knowing about temperament can be important in play therapy.
- List and define at least five of the nine elements of temperament.
- Describe how understanding a child’ temperament can be useful in conceptualizing and treatment planning in play therapy.
- Explain the importance of understanding where a play therapy client is on the continuum of each of the temperament elements.
- Describe how a play therapist would work in play therapy with a child based on at least two of the temperament elements.
Cancellations must be received in writing seven days prior to the workshop to receive a refund and are subject to a $10 processing fee.
Accommodations will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Katie Lowry (404-413-8012) at least two weeks before the conference date so arrangements can be made.
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Department of Counseling & Psychological Services
College of Education & Human Development
Georgia State University
30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303