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Meeting Your Clients Where They Are-

Available Online

Understanding Video Gamers in Play Therapy with Terry Kottman

  • Starts May 23
  • 75 US dollars
  • Live Webinar via Zoom

Available spots

Service Description

Do you have play therapy clients who spend the majority of their free time playing video games, speaking “Videogame-ish” (a made-up word, but you get the idea), and conceptualizing life and relationships in terms of video games? Even in your play therapy sessions? Can you use the concepts and language of video games to understand and communicate with them, or are you sitting in your sessions, feeling as though they are speaking in a foreign language, thinking in unknown concepts, doing things you have no possibility of understanding? Come to this workshop, and this will all change. Most play therapists are video game novices–or even video game haters. And video games are here to stay–with many of your clients. You can ignore video games, pretending they are going to go away, or you can learn to use them in your play therapy. Participants will learn about selected video games that kids, adolescents, and adults are playing now. We will explore vocabulary, plots, characters, relationships, and themes from the video games that are currently popular. Then we will practice using the vocabulary, concepts, characters, and themes in building relationships with gamer play therapy clients and designing interventions for using with them. You will leave filled with ideas you can use in your play therapy sessions for connecting, communicating, and intervening with gamer clients. After the workshop, participants will be able to...: 1. Describe 3 video games commonly played out in play therapy sessions and explain why certain play therapy clients might be attracted to them. 2. Apply vocabulary used by gamer play therapy clients to communicate with child and adolescent (and sometimes adult) clients, using the language that gamers speak. 3. Ask questions and make observations about specific genres of video games and about specific games in each genre as a way to build relationships with and gain insight into play therapy clients who identify as gamers. 4. Consult with parents (and teachers) of play therapy clients about clients' interest in and usage of videogames [including information about current research (pro and con) about video games].

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy With respect to cancellations and refunds, the policy of Brighter Futures Training & Consultation, LLC is as follows: *If you register for an event and cancel your registration 30 or more days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund minus a $20.00 processing fee. *If you register for an event and cancel fewer than 30 days before the event, or if you register for an event and do not attend, our policy is that you forfeit the registration fee, and no refund will be provided. *Brighter Futures Training & Consultation reserves the right to cancel any training due to unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs, you will be notified, and a full refund will be initiated within 72 business hours of the cancellation. Brighter Futures Trainings & Consultation's liability for cancellations is limited to the cost of the registration fee. Brighter Futures Trainings & Consultation is not responsible for other expenses incurred by the customer if training is cancelled.

Contact Details


1002 North Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown, KY, USA

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