Course: Play Therapy

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Course title Play Therapy
Course code KPR/4044
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course unspecified
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Janovec Jan, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Hlavičková Lenka, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
- Psychotherapy, its methods and goals. Differences in work with the client in the context of different therapeutic directions. - Methods of establishing contact and therapeutic relationship. The specifics of conducting a therapeutic interview with children. - Game therapy methods. PCA gameplay therapy. - Possibilities of using Sandplay Therapy. - Facilitating a therapeutic session. - The course of therapy. Starting and ending with the client. Working with a therapeutic contract. - Pitfalls and risks of game therapy. The most common mistakes of a therapist. - Possibilities of crisis intervention through the game. - Applying therapy by playing with family. - Ethical limits of therapeutic work with a child client. Communication with client's parents.

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Learning outcomes
The course is aimed to acquaint students with the specifics of psychotherapeutic work with children and bring them to the method of play therapy and its possible application in solving problems of different nature. Students will learn about the way to use play therapy in keeping with different therapeutic approaches. Emphasis will be placed on the family therapy area of and on the crisis intervention through the game.
Students will learn the principles of conducting a therapeutic interview with a child. They can apply theoretical knowledge in practice and apply therapy therapies in direct work with the client. They can establish a therapeutic relationship with the client, demonstrate empathy and acceptance. They are able to interpret the course of the therapeutic session and draw conclusions from it.
The subject requires no specific prerequisites.

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Recommended literature
  • LANDRETH, G. L. Play Therapy: The Art of Relationship. New York: Routledge, 2012. ISBN 978-0-415-88681-9.
  • REZKOVÁ, V., KLEINOVÁ, G. Hra jako lék. Teorie a praxe nedirektivní terapie hrou. Praha: Pražská pedagogicko psychologická poradna, 2012. ISBN 978-80-260-3503-9.
  • RIE, R. M., FRIEDMAN, R. Sandplay: past, present, and future. New York: Routledge, 1994.
  • ROGERS, C. R. Způsob bytí. Praha: Portál, 2014. ISBN 978-80-262-0597-5.
  • SATIROVÁ, V. Kniha o rodině. Brno: Práh, 1994. ISBN 80-901325-0-2.
  • VYBÍRAL, Z. a kol. Současná psychoterapie. Praha: Portál, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7367-682-7.
  • VYMĚTAL, J. Duševní krize a psychoterapie. Hradec Králové: Konfrontace, 1995. ISBN 80-901773-4-4.
  • VYMĚTAL, J., REZKOVÁ, V. Rogersovský přístup k dospělým a dětem. Praha: Portál, 2001. ISBN 80-7178-561-X.

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