Preview: Child Development: Connecting the Dots in Therapy Jason McCoy, LCSW-S, RPT-S
Course Credit: 3 CE Hours
Approved for: NBCC and APT
The purpose of this presentation is to help attendees make connections between children’s behaviors and key developmental landmarks that have impact on the therapeutic process in therapy and other caregiving contexts. At times, kids have behaviors that are concerning but may still be developmentally appropriate. Is it normal to be scared of the dark at four? What about at five? Knowing the difference between what is “normal” from what may need some focused intervention in play therapy can help play therapist, parents; caregivers, teachers and other professionals feel more confident about the role they play in a child’s life and how to intervene effectively.
- Attendees will gain understanding of key developmental landmarks for ages 18 months to 5-years old
- Participants will gain insight into the impact of the cycles of equilibrium and disequilibrium on child
- Attendees will be able to identify features of a problem that needs treatment in play therapy.
- Attendees will be able to identify developmental patterns in play and the importance of themes in play therapy.
- Participants will learn to modify play therapy intervention to match child’s
- Attendees will learn to enhances multicultural competency through a developmental framework
- Overview of major schools of thought on childhood development (Erikson, Vygotsky, Piaget, Gessell)
- Social and Emotional Developmental Landmarks for children from 18 months to five years old
- The importance of play in a child’s life and what is actually happening in their brain
- Appropriate toys, activities and interactions to help facilitate healthy development
- Recognizing and intervening appropriately with things that are “normal” but bothersome
- Knowing when an issue requires play therapy or other treatment