Many therapists are now involved in treating a combination of Mood Disorders and/or Disruptive Disorders. This workshop will review the main Disruptive Disorders (Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as well as Unipolar and Bipolar Disorders). Some assessment tools and diagnostic criteria will be presented to assist the clinician in confirming a diagnosis. Participants will learn the similarities among these disorders and how that helps reach children with difficult behaviors. In addition, participants will learn some effective parenting tips to help the families of children diagnosed with these disorders. Activities during this workshop will illustrate how to help children channel anger, enhance verbalization of feelings, and release built up tension. DVD presentations will illustrate many of the techniques that have had success with this population.
- Define the Disruptive and Mood Disorders commonly seen in out patient play therapy treatment
- Learn and use play therapy techniques to reduce behavioral issues
- Explore different play therapy non-directive and directive methods to relieve psychological stress
- Understand the differences of disruptive disorders with a neurological versus emotional basis
- Understand the difficulties that play therapists face with this population of children
- Become aware of the input of parents in play therapy sessions and how that may impair the child’s success.