COVID-19: Resources for Play Therapists and Parents
APT is committed to providing you with current information and resources as the COVID-19 situation continues. Visit our COVID-19 page
to access videos from experts in the field, a Crash Course in Simplified CPRT/Filial Therapy for Parents, parent
resources and articles, tips on cleaning your playroom, telehealth guidelines, and
related articles from CDC, APA and others.
Why Play Therapy is Appropriate for Children with Symptoms of PTSD: 6 Reasons Why Play Therapy is an Effective Treatment Choice for Children with Trauma
A different type of threat to our community appeared last week in the form of a blog* filled with misinformation about the field of play therapy and play therapist’s training and practice. The blog had its own “viral” route — disrupting our focus on the work we do. As the misinformation in the blog could negatively impact the credibility of play therapy, the APT Board of Directors authored a response.
"The purpose of our response is to provide an opportunity for the blog author to become familiar with play therapy and its contributions to the health and well-being of children — especially children experiencing stress and trauma." Anne Stewart, Board
The response, which is also a stand-alone description of the benefits of play therapy for children experiencing trauma, addresses each of the six points of misinformation delineated in the article with six points portraying the robust research base and play
therapist expertise. This response will be sent to the author, the editor and circulated widely through various sites. You are encouraged to join the distribution effort!
*The blog was posted by Michael S. Scheeringa M.D., on 4/5/2020 by psychologytoday.com. The blog was titled Six Reasons Play Therapy Is Wrong for Children With PTSD: The Wild Wild West of Unverified and Unverifiable Psychotherapy Techniques.