CAS062 - Child-centered Play Therapy w/ Dr. Phyllis Post - Airdate 3/8/2007

Contributing Editor:


Dr. Clarrice Rapisarda is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Clarrice achieved her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the Counseling and Human Development Services program at Kent State University. Clarrice is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor in the state of Ohio and is pursuing counseling licensure in the state of North Carolina.


Dr. Phyllis Post is a Full Professor in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.



UNCC Center for Play Therapy:   


Association for Play Therapy is:


Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas is:



Principles of Play Therapy by Axline

The Counselor:

1.      Must develop a warm, friendly relationship with the child, in which good rapport is established as soon as possible.

2.      Accepts the child exactly as he/she is.

3.      Establishes a feeling of permissiveness in the relationship so that the child feels free to express his/her feelings completely.

4.      Recognizes the feelings the child is expressing and reflects those feelings back.

5.      Maintains a deep respect for the child’s ability to solve his/her own problems if given an opportunity to do so.  The responsibility to make choices and institute change belongs to the child.

6.      Does not attempt to direct the child’s actions or conversation in any manner.  The child leads the way;  the therapist follows.

7.      Does not attempt to hurry the therapy along.  Is patient with the process.

8.      Establishes only those limits that are necessary (Charles and the bob bag)


What Children Learn in Play Therapy (by Garry Landreth)
Self-control and responsible freedom of expression
To respect themselves
Their feelings are acceptable
To responsibly control their feelings
To assume responsibility for self
To be creative and resourceful in confronting problems
To accept themselves
To make choices

Music used in this podcast:

Jaime Beauchamp - "Memorial Day" obtained from the Podsafe Music Network - Link to music

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