Play Therapy in Schools, Early Childhood Centres, or Your Organisation
Play Therapy Melbourne can provide a therapist to conduct play therapy sessions at your school, early childhood centre, or organisation. While the following article is aimed at children in an education setting, we are very happy to discuss how we can provide play therapy within your organisation.
Play therapy is widely recognised as an effective therapeutic approach for children who are unable or unwilling to communicate their psychological distress. Primary-aged children represent an especially vulnerable segment of the population when it comes to mental health barriers. Children who have psychological problems early on tend to have higher rates of academic challenges, substance misuse, aggression and risk-taking behaviour than their peers. Early intervention is the key to better long term outcomes.
Play Therapy is a cost effective, evidence based, child-centred form of counselling. Working with children within education settings or organisations provides an excellent opportunity to provide therapeutic support that may not otherwise be accessible.
Some of the many benefits of basing a play therapy service within an education setting:
- Increased access for the children who need it most. Some parents/caregivers are unable to provide external support as required for children.
- Greater collaboration between teaching staff, parents and other specialists. A multi-disciplinary approach is often in the best interest of the child.
- Timely intervention. For those children whose difficulties seem to be particularly triggered at school, the intervention will be closer to the trigger points helping to address the root causes or difficulties and find strategies to manage those triggers once identified.
- Knock on benefits for the whole community. Better engagement in classroom lessons from one child benefits the whole class and eases the burden on teachers. Parents who see an improvement with their child’s behaviour feel supported and more willing to engage with other parent teacher activities.
- A therapeutic outlet at school has wide appeal. The Play Therapy tool kit facilitates aspects of art therapy, drama therapy, sand tray therapy, dance therapy and music therapy.
What to expect
- After an initial meeting and assessment, a regular 40-minute time slot will be agreed upon for each student. The therapist will discuss the length of intervention required. A short-term intervention may only need 12 sessions; however parents and teachers can review with the therapist every 6-8 weeks or so. One of the core principles of non-directive Child Centred Play Therapy is that the child not be rushed but paced accordingly to what is right to the individual. Our Philosophy is that we should empower children to help themselves. Therefore, excessive long-term dependency on a therapist is not what we are aiming to achieve.
- Regular Play Therapy treatment reports will keep the whole school team informed. Your Play Therapist will be on hand to suggest strategies that may support the Child in the classroom or the wider school environment.
- Treatment goals which help monitor the therapeutic intervention and record progress.
- Teacher and parent workshops/meetings. To discuss progress and strategies to provide ongoing support for the child at home.
Please contact us for further information regarding costs.