We use this plan for all modalities. Theraplay may look a little different as the parent is present!
Intake: Firstly the Play Therapist will meet with the parent(s) without the child present. The intake session is an opportunity for the therapist to get an understanding of the issues and challenges being experienced and to set the stage for the therapeutic process to begin. A full history will also be taken.
Sessions 1 – 4: The child will be collected in the waiting room by the therapist. If the child is resistant or anxious the therapist will help the child through these feelings. Sessions will be scheduled weekly with each session lasting between 30 and 45 minutes and taking place at the same time each week.
After every four sessions the parent(s) and the therapist will meet for an update session, this is an opportunity for discussion while ensuring the child’s confidentiality is upheld at all times.
And so the cycle continues with every four sessions followed by a parent update session. The length of the Play Therapy process varies in every case but most children will complete a minimum of 12 sessions and an average of 20.
Endings: When we have decided that the child has come to the end of their therapeutic journey we will give them 2 or more sessions to say a healthy goodbye. We will ask parents to complete a follow up SDQ to show change and we will offer a last parent update session.
Even though its an ending, it doesn't have to be forever! Children are always welcome back and do often return when things pop up in their lives that they need to process and play out. Often it is for a shorter period but it is always relished by our Therapists who get to see their clients again!
Our main focus is CCPT but we are trained in other modalities of Play Therapy too. Theraplay, Autplay Therapy, Sandtray Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy are some of our favourites!