In this day and age computers seem to fulfill the life of children. While pretend play has always been and will continue to be the language of the child, now the electronic world is their new dialect. In this workshop, attendees will learn about the development of these games and explore both the pros and cons of this new medium. Certain computer and video games will be presented and therapeutic interventions will be illustrated through the use of the electronic systems. Experiential work will be done as well as having DVD presentations to enhance learning. Come to have fun and use the future role in play therapy.
- Explore and learn about the history of electronic games, and how to incorporate the games in play therapy treatment.
- Understand the debate regarding aggression and video games, and what a play therapist might experience in the play therapy treatment using these games.
- Use video games and/or computer games as techniques to enhance the play therapy treatment.
- Work through an electronic medium for the child’s play therapy to maintain the therapeutic relationship
- Review and discuss some of the pros and cons about video games and how it relates to play therapy and the healing of children