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Family Play Therapy with Eliana Gil, Ph.D.

Play has universal appeal to children and it is their preferred mode of communication. Using play they express themselves, learn new skills, problem-solve, and it is also quite often where they feel the most comfortable and safe.  

Yet, to imagine that children are the only people who can benefit from play is short-sighted and limiting. Adults and older youth can also feel themselves drawn to play activities and may find it a much easier and protected way to communicate and reach out to each other. In these hectic times, with many adult demands, play therapy can be a useful way of giving all family members an opportunity to convene, play, talk, and enjoy each other’s company while addressing difficult topics.

This Institute is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of how play therapy strategies can be utilized in the assessment and treatment of all families. Dr. Eliana Gil will provide a rationale for using play therapy in the assessment and treatment of families, and present a variety of play techniques that can be integrated with traditional family therapy sessions. This Institute will offer intimate and personal instruction in a fun and creative atmosphere. The primary mode of learning will be experiential, followed by small group discussions of clinical videotapes. Participants will have opportunities to learn how play therapy elicits metaphors that be amplified to deepen the client’s understanding and can inform treatment planning at the same time.

Following the Institute, participants will:
•    Understand the value of combining play therapy and systems theories
•    Recognize several curative factors of play therapy
•    Understand the benefits of utilizing techniques, such as: family puppet interviews, family play genograms, amplifying questions, family scribbles, and family sand trays
•    Gain skills in using family play techniques for both assessment and intervention
•    Recognize ways in which family play therapy can reveal underlying family dynamics.

Course Schedule

Thursday, March 7, 2013 – Sunday, March 10, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day

This course provides 20 hours of continuing education.

Eliana Gil, PhD, is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow in private practice. She is also clinical and educational consultant with Childhelp, Inc. She has begun and developed two sexual abuse treatment programs in the Northern Virginia area and has worked in the area of child abuse and prevention for the last 34 years. She is a registered play therapy supervisor and a registered art therapist. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse. Dr. Gil is an adjunct faculty member of Virginia Tech's family therapy program where she has taught classes in family play therapy, play therapy, and child maltreatment.


Continuing Education

The AAMFT Institutes are approved to provide continuing education for marriage and family therapists and allied professionals by most major mental health organizations.


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