Playing Can Help the Hurting Child

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Dr. Garry Landreth, an international renown leader in play therapy and the director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas, will offer a one-day workshop on play therapy Â?Healing the Hurting ChildÂ? on Thursday, July 22 at the Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson Street in Vancouver.

Dr. Garry Landreth, an international renown leader in play therapy and the director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas, will offer a one-day workshop on play therapy “Healing the Hurting Child” on Thursday, July 22 at the Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson Street in Vancouver.

This full-day workshop (9 am to 4 pm) will focus on the dynamic elements of the relationship that facilitates the play therapy process. Attendees will learn how to structure the relationship in the play room, how to “read” themes in children’s play, the healing messages needed by a child who is hurting and much more.

Dr. Landreth’s child-centred play therapy approach is an encompassing philosophy for living one’s life in relationships with children. This is based on a deep commitment to certain beliefs about children and their innate capacity for growth. Through play therapy, children are able to gain help in developing self-control and self-responsibility in a safe environment.

In order to further demonstrate the process of play therapy, excerpts of videos of Dr. Landreth’s play therapy sessions will be used.

According to Dr. Lilian Wong, a Trinity Western University professor and organizer of the event, this workshop is not just for the professionals, because parents can benefit from Dr. Landreth’s insights and wisdom about the hurting child.

This innovative workshop is part of the 3rd Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning. This four-day conference focuses on the positive existential psychology of transforming loss, trauma, illness, suffering, grief and death. The conference is organized by the International Network on Personal Meaning (http://www.meaning.ca).

Dr. Landreth is Regents Professor, Department of Counselling Development, and Higher Education at the University of North Texas, and founding director of the Center for Play Therapy. He has also authored several books, including the award winning Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship and has recently released Innovations in Play Therapy: Issues, Process, and Special Populations.

Registration Fee for the One-Day Workshop is $120; for the Four-Day Conference is (workshop included): $450. For more information or to register, contact the International Network on Personal Meaning at 604-513-2034 or e-mail conference@meaning.ca. Additional conference information can be found on-line at http://www.meaning.ca.

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