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Pandemic Response for Mental Health and Play Therapists – Some Thoughts and Considerations

Pandemic Response for Mental Health and Play Therapists – Some Thoughts and Considerations

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in sudden and significant changes to lifestyle and wellness for vast numbers of people throughout the world. There is heightened anxiety about personal health, the health of loved ones, the health of the greater community, and notable worries about financial impact. During this period of physical distancing and community shut-downs or lock-downs, therapists themselves are being affected as well. There is much talk about telehealth, shifting therapeutic sessions to online formats. The level of stress among therapists is palpable and understandable. Some thoughts from the disaster mental health perspective are shared here for consideration and possible help.

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The Concept of Resistance In Therapy: A Reexamination During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Concept of Resistance In Therapy: A Reexamination During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While client “resistance” is a topic discussed by therapists in “normal” times, it takes on special significance during times of great stress. This article discusses some of the key factors that can influence client hesitation to engage in therapy during pandemics and other disaster situations, as well as suggestions for therapists to consider resistance as a normal part of the change process. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused large and sudden changes for everyone, including therapists and their clients. This blog discusses how therapists might think about and approach their clients with patience and empathy, even if it means that continuing telehealth therapy is delayed for a while as clients get their feet on the ground.

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Case Formulation Guide for Professionals Working with Children and Families

Case Formulation Guide for Professionals Working with Children and Families

When child and family professionals such as play therapists and family therapists are presented with new cases, there is much to be learned in a short time. Working together with the family, therapists typically review the family’s history and relationships along with the parents’ or family’s reasons for coming. Regardless of theoretical orientation, therapists work with the family to establish treatment goals and an overall plan for moving forward. This can be an overwhelming task for relatively new therapists, and even for experienced therapists when confronted with complex and/or multiple traumas, attachment disruptions, and a multitude of other situations. Where does one start to tease apart the situation to determine which goals represent a starting place? There are no easy answers.

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Play Dough Recipe

Play Dough Recipe

1 1/2 cups water + 2 Tbs. water 1/2 cup salt 1 tsp. food coloring Mix the ingredients above and put in pan.  Heat until it boils.  Pour heated mixture over the following flour mixture: Flour...

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Personal Storytelling

Personal Storytelling

People have engaged in storytelling for centuries, long before recorded history.  It's a way to pass along cultural and family practices and values and to create social bonds through a common...

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Play and Culture

Play and Culture

When trying to help parents or other professionals understand play therapy, I've often guided them as they examined how their own culture or subculture has viewed play.  Although I'm sure some...

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Help for Fearful Dogs

Help for Fearful Dogs

If your dog is fearful, anxious, or has fear-based aggressive behaviors, there is hope and help! Risë's article below entitled Zoom-Zoom-Zoom: Lessons Learned from a Semi-Feral Dog highlights the...

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Dominance and Dog Training

Dominance and Dog Training

Below is the position paper of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers on dominance approaches to dog training. This is a very important issue. It is provided here with the permission of APDT, www.apdt.com.

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