Course: Play Therapy

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Course title Play Therapy
Course code KPS/7144
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Závora Jiří, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
- Psychotherapy, its methods and goals. Differences in working with the client in the context of different therapeutic directions. - Ways of establishing contact and therapeutic relationship. Specifics of conducting a therapeutic interview with children. - Game therapy methods. Game therapy with the intentions of PCA. - Possibilities of using Sandplay Therapy. - Facilitation of therapeutic sessions. - The course of therapy. Starting and ending work with the client. Working with a therapeutic contract. - Pitfalls and risks of game therapy. The most common mistakes of the therapist. - Possibilities of crisis intervention through play. - Application of game therapy in work with the family. - Ethical limits of therapeutic work with a child client. Communication with the client's parents.

Learning activities and teaching methods
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 conversation with a child. They are able to apply theoretical knowledge in practice and apply game therapy procedures in direct work with the client. They are able to establish a therapeutic relationship with the client, show empathy and acceptance. They are able to interpret the course of a therapeutic session and draw appropriate 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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