Nature Play Therapy: When Nature Comes into Play
Presented by Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, RPT-S
As children and teens spend more time indoors and on screens than ever before, we are seeing increasing physical and emotional concerns. This disparity was first identified as “Nature Deficit Disorder” by journalist and naturalist Richard Louv (2005). While not a clinical diagnosis, it is a call to action. And one that play therapists can assist with via intentional integration of nature-based therapeutic activities indoors as well as exploring outside in nature’s playground. Through the lens of play therapy, we are able to see the positive impact/benefit nature has on our child clients. In this two hour virtual training, we will explore the interweaving of nature and play therapy from both a theoretical background as well as therapeutic activities that can be implemented in-person outdoors or inside as well as over tele-health. Play therapy specific interventions/activities will be explored.
Participants will be able to:
- Cite three reasons combining nature and play can be beneficial for children and families according to the research as considerations for play therapists.
- Identify at least two ways play-based activities involving nature can improve self-regulation and creative problem-solving as part of increasing personal strengths in play therapy.
- Review ethical and safety considerations to implementing play therapy activities that involve nature both outdoors and inside.
- Explore at least two additional play-based expressive arts or play therapy activities that include and involve elements of nature that can be conducted either inside or outside as part of the play therapy process, as well as adapted for over telehealth.
Level of training: Intermediate
2 APT CONTACT CE - Play Therapy Special Topics
About our presenter: Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, RPT-S has a play therapy practice in Smyrna, TN, which is just outside of Nashville. Spanning a career of over 30 years, she spent most of that time working in community mental health before transitioning to private practice in late 2016. Jamie was a co-founder of the Tennessee Assoc. for Play Therapy and currently serves as president. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Middle TN State University and Lipscomb University. A prescriptive play therapist, Jamie often incorporates creativity in the play therapy and supervision she provides, including puppetry, sandtray, games, expressive arts, and nature-based interventions. Jamie has written several articles and chapters on play therapy, focusing more recently on Nature Play Therapy. An avid lover of nature for restoration and fun, Jamie spent 15 years as a Cub Scout leader, and along with her husband and two sons (now young adults), has been on many family adventures for their “nature fix.” She often incorporates these nature experiences into her play therapy practice. Jamie is currently working on a collaborative book called “Nature-Based Play and Expressive Therapies: Interventions for Children, Teens and Families.”
AZAPT Members $40; Nonmember Guests $50
Limited to 40 participants.
VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting so participants can see each other. Participants will be awarded APT CONTACT CE upon successful completion of a post test. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours.
AZAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 97-035. AZAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote AZAPT.
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than May 21, 2021. Cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee. Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to another training date may be requested. No refunds after May 21, 2021.
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