Play Continuum Frequently Asked
Question 5: Are Art, Drama, Music
Therapists also Play Therapists? We’ve got an Art Therapist so why should we
need a Play Therapist as well?
They may be if they work integratively
by using a ‘tool box’ of techniques which includes the use of other creative
arts apart from their speciality or original discipline. In some cases Play
Therapists, who may be regarded as generalists, wish to specialise in a
particular technique and qualify additionally as one of these creative arts
therapists. In other cases these therapists also train as Play Therapists.
All children have different needs. Play
therapy provides an environment for self-healing and development based upon how
the children wish to express themselves not what the therapist chooses to
provide. Some children will choose art (as an example) but many children will
benefit through some other form of expression: music, dance and movement,
storytelling, sandplay, drama, puppets, clay, creative visualisation etc. Some
children will benefit from a single specialised therapy.
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