GETTING GROUNDED IN PLAY THERAPY

Case Conceptualization

Developing your clinical “detective” skills so you can get excellent treatment outcomes for your play therapy clients using strong ethical and culturally relevant case conceptualization 

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What is case conceptualization in play therapy and why are these skills so critical for you to effectively help your child/adolescent clients?

Case conceptualization is a fancy term that means you have the ability to recognize all the factors contributing to your clients’ problems and what’s causing them (and their parents) distress using a culturally relevant and ethical "lens". Your case conceptualization is essentially your professional analysis of the problem so you can create a plan of action to help your clients heal. 

When parents bring their child to you, they view you as the expert that will know how to “fix” the problem quickly and efficiently. They expect you to know what’s causing so much distress for their child and what to do so things will be better.

How are you going to do that? How will you figure out what’s causing the problem without fully taking time to get enough information before starting play therapy sessions?

Is this you...?

  • 🙁 You start play therapy sessions without fully understanding the roots of the problem and then find yourself feeling lost in the play therapy process.
  • 🙁 You have difficulty explaining what's going on with your clients to their parents and reassuring them you know how to help them.
  • 🙁 You're not sure what questions to ask when assessing the problem or how to find out the information you need to get great results for your clients
  • 🙁 You're not sure how to pull all the information to make sense of what's going on with your clients and leaves you feeling like a "fraud" and your imposter syndrome is on full alert.
  • 🙁 You have no idea how to examine the problems your clients are experiencing using cultural intelligence so you can provide ethical and culturally relevant services to make a real difference and help them thrive.

Does it really matter if you skip the diagnostic assessment process with parents and your clients before starting play therapy sessions?

It’s like going to the doctor when you’re sick. But, the doctor skips asking you all their questions to figure out what is the problem before prescribing the treatment.

Don’t you want your doctor to ask you all those questions to accurately diagnose the problem so you can get better as quickly as possible and make sure they're using a cultural and ethical "lens" to understand the problem? 

Hello!

I'm Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S

With 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in the mental health field.

Prior to becoming a child and adolescent therapist, I was a special education teacher for children with emotional problems.  

I’ve worked in outpatient clinics, intensive home-based services, residential treatment programs, and short-term homeless shelters and transitional housing programs. During that time, I’ve worked with hundreds of children and their families with all sorts of mental health problems.

Over the last thirty years in mental health, I’ve honed my case conceptualization skills like an experienced “super sleuth” to my clients heal. Case conceptualization in play therapy is actually one of my super powers – it’s like being a detective to solve a mystery.  I love a good “who dunnit.”   

In the last 15 years, I’ve helped lots of child and adolescent therapists learn how to develop strong play therapy case conceptualization and clinical decision-making skills so you can get amazing treatment results.

By showing you how to tap into your clinical detective skills using a culturally relevant and ethical framework, you can confidently ask the right questions, know what factors to consider when analyzing the problem, and know how to pull it all together to formulate a plan. Mystery solved! 

Of course, you can’t gather all the information in the first session to fully know the extent of the problem because it takes time to really get to know your clients.

However, you can develop your clinical detective abilities like an expert to formulate a working hypothesis about the problem. Then, you can continue using your amazing detective skills throughout the play therapy process to aid your clinical decision-making with ethical and cultural competence. That’s how you get excellent results for your young clients.   

Introducing...

GETTING GROUNDED IN PLAY THERAPY

Case Conceptualization

This self-paced play therapy course will help you tap into your play therapist super powers so you can get excellent treatment outcomes for your clients using strong ethical and culturally relevant integrity.  
I want to provide you with the best training so you can learn how to become a play therapist who gets amazing results for your clients. 

Here’s what you’ll get in this course

Pre-recorded videos you can watch when it’s convenient for you.
In this course you’ll learn:

01.
 The importance of case conceptualization and how to develop your own super sleuth skills like an expert

02.
What questions to ask and why you need to ask them so you can be thorough in your assessment and use cultural intelligence

03.
Things to keep in mind during your clinical and ethical decision-making process so you can help your clients succeed

04.
How to use an ethical and culturally relevant mindset when gathering information and planning play therapy treatment

05.
What to do with the information you’ve gathered so you can create a strong plan of action

04.
How to use an ethical and culturally relevant mindset when gathering information and planning play therapy treatment

05.
What to do with the information you’ve gathered so you can create a strong plan of action


This course includes case studies so you can practice these skills. Then, you’ll learn how to develop culturally relevant and ethical case conceptualization skills by working through the case conceptualization process using your own clients by completing an experiential activity.

Developing strong case conceptualization is a foundational skill for providing effective play therapy. What is case conceptualization in play therapy? What are the steps for case conceptualization in play therapy? Case conceptualization in play therapy is like using your detective-like powers of deduction to figure out what’s going on with your clients and how to help them. This course will assist you to develop these necessary clinical and ethical skills so you can accurately analyze what’s contributing to your clients’ mental health difficulties within a culturally intelligent framework.  You’ll also learn how to recognize bias in clinical decision-making and how unrecognized bias can negative impact your play therapy treatment outcomes.

The pre-recorded videos show you the components of effective case conceptualization using a cultural and ethical “detective lens.” You’ll learn how to use the information you’ve gathered to create a strong plan of action in collaboration with your clients. You’ll hone your case conceptualization skills through the use of case studies and a workbook. You’ll also review recent research about the clinical and ethical decision-making process and the impact of unconscious bias. This information ensures you’re using the most effective strategies to guide your clients through all the stages the play therapy. Clinical decision-making in play therapy ensures that you use the information you’ve gathered initially to inform your decision-making process from session to session.  

Play therapists and mental health professionals will: 

  • ✔︎ Define play therapy case conceptualization and its role in play therapy
  • ✔︎ List at least three elements of case conceptualization
  •  ✔︎ Describe specific questions to ask clients and guardians for a through diagnostic assessment in play therapy for case conceptualization
  • ✔︎ Describe the four elements of cultural formulation needed for conceptualization in play therapy
  • ✔︎ List at least 5 types of bias in clinical decision-making 
  • ✔︎ Explain how bias is an ethical consideration for clinical decision-making in play therapy

Yes, this course is approved for the following play therapy CE hours. Renewing Hearts Play Therapy Training sponsored by Renewing Hearts Counseling & Consulting is an approved provider #20-621 for the Association for Play Therapy.

6 Non-Contact CE hours, APT Approved Provider #20-621
• CEs only available for mental health professionals
• This training does not meet APT’s definition of a Live Webinar

Of the 6 Non-contact CE hours, 1 non-contact CE hour of cultural competence and 1 non-contact CE hour of ethics are included in the 6 non-contact CE hours

*You may be able to use this course for your licensing board CEs specific to your discipline. Contact your licensing board to determine how to use this course for your licensing requirements.

This course is $137 and you have unlimited access to the course even after you completed the it. Since your access is unique for you, please don’t share your access information with others. However – feel free to share the love with your colleagues and let them know how they can purchase this training for themselves (and get their play therapy CEs). 

see what you collegaues have said about Cathi's trainings
This was an amazing training for case conceptualization! Clear to understand, organized and touched on every aspect that a therapist needs to take into account for case conceptualize. Cathi explained and articulated well topics that can be challenging to understand and topics that are often overlooked by clinicians. All of it super helpful. 

Aja R.

"Loved all of the useful interventions."

Laura


"I appreciate the workbooks. I have printed it and I use it as a resource to refresh my memory so I don't forget the information. There's so much to it and it's vital to understanding my clients."

Sherry


"Cathi's experience and confidence in the model she developed plus her grounding energy helped in learning a whole new model. She brought it to life, including making comments during the first part explaining that Science is why you emphasize certain things with parents."

Cooper S.


“It was great! I love getting a more thorough framework to be able to better structure my sessions. Cathi knows SO much about neurobiology, sometimes I get lost during that part, but it is also so informative and important to know the underlying process of everything. A takeaway for me that was really important was the clinical decision making piece that I need to let parents know what to expect and what is expected of them and be very purposeful in how and when I do or don't use them.”

Jessica B.

How does this sound?

After completing this course, you’ll …

🚀 Feel confident to accurately identify the problem causing distress for your clients using cultural intelligence and plan the right kind of play therapy treatment so they can heal

🚀 Develop your play therapy expertise to ethically analyze and synthesize information to formulate an understanding of what is causing your clients’ problems so you can focus your play therapy interventions on the "right" problem area and get excellent treatment outcomes like an expert

Ready to achieve your goal?

GETTING GROUNDED IN PLAY THERAPY

Case Conceptualization

Is for you if:

  • ✔︎ You want to learn how to zero in quickly on the “roots” of your clients’ presenting problems without wasting valuable time for yourself and your clients.
  • ✔︎ You want to get excellent results for your play therapy clients because you focus on the real problems right from the start.
  • ✔︎ You want to make sure you’re using an ethical and culturally sensitive lens when providing play therapy. 
  • ✔︎ You don’t want to settle for mediocrity in play therapy because this is your calling in life and you really want to help children heal.
  • ✔︎ You believe that taking the necessary time to fully understand what’s causing your clients’ problems will ensure they get excellent play therapy services.
  • ✔︎ You know that taking short-cuts in play therapy undermines the quality of services you provide your young clients and their families.

Is not for you if:

  • ❌ You prefer taking short cuts in play therapy and getting mediocre results. 
  • ❌ You think you already know everything and there’s nothing left to learn.
  • ❌ You don’t use play therapy and don’t want to learn play therapy.
  • ❌ You’re not a child and adolescent mental health professional.

Answers to Your Questions

Mental health professionals who want to learn how to use play therapy with their child and adolescent clients – clinical social workers, school social workers, counselors, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, child psychologists

6 Non-Contact CE hours, APT Approved Provider #20-621
• CEs only available for mental health professionals
• This training does not meet APT’s definition of a Live Webinar

Of the 6 Non-contact CE hours, 1 non-contact CE hour of cultural competence and 1 non-contact CE hour of ethics are included in the 6 non-contact CE hours

*You may be able to use this course for your licensing board CEs specific to your discipline. Contact your licensing board to determine how to use this course for your licensing requirements.

This is a self-paced course that you can complete in your own time zone and when it’s convenient for your schedule. You’ll watch the recorded video trainings, read the handouts for each module, and complete the activities to apply the information learned in the module. You’ll complete a quiz with 85% accuracy and course evaluation.

This course is appropriate for beginner play therapists as well as intermediate play therapists. This course teaches a foundational skill for case conceptualization and how to use it in play therapy.

The course is $137 and you have unlimited access to the course even after you completed it. Since your access is unique for you, please don’t share your access information with others. However – feel free to share the love with your colleagues and let them know how they can purchase this training for themselves (and get their play therapy CEs).

There are no refunds for this course.

By registering for this training, you are giving permission for Renewing Hearts Counseling & Consulting (RHCC) to use any photographs (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as RHCC deems appropriate and desirable. Photographs may be used on the RHCC website, social media pages, and/or newsletter for any purpose. By completing the registration, you are also consenting to waive any rights to the photographs indefinitely. You also agree to allow your feedback and comments in the chat and evaluation form may also be used for future promotions as deemed appropriate and desirable by RHCC. If you do not wish to have your photo used, it is your responsibility to notify RHCC of your request to be omitted.

Yes, this course will help you develop a strong foundation in skill building to obtain your RPT credential and play therapy CEs are available. to obtain your RPT credential.

For mental health professionals pursuing a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential this training fits into Primary Area 3: Play Therapy Skills & Methods. This course discusses the play therapy treatment process through the use of case conceptualization and clinical decision-making skills to formulate a treatment plan. This course discusses the role of using a seminal or historically significant play therapy modality when conceptualizing treatment needs and clinical decision-making. This course discusses the ethical and cultural considerations needed in play therapy.

Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals  

There are no refunds for this course.

By registering for this training, you are giving permission for Renewing Hearts Play Therapy Training (RHPTT) to use any photographs (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as RHPTT deems appropriate and desirable. Photographs may be used on the RHPTT website, social media pages, and/or newsletter for any purpose. By completing the registration, you are also consenting to waive any rights to the photographs indefinitely. You also agree to allow your feedback and comments in the chat and evaluation form may also be used for future promotions as deemed appropriate and desirable by RHPTT. If you do not wish to have your photo used, it is your responsibility to notify RHPTT of your request to be omitted.

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GETTIING GROUNDED IN PLAY THERAPY

Case Conceptualization

$137


With Continuing Education Hours






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