The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play: Brain-Building Interventions for Emotional Well-Being

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In order to earn a certificate and your CE credit hours for this book study, you must read the book, click on the lesson, take the quiz and get a passing score of at least 80%. These non-contact education courses are approved by the Association of Play Therapy (APT) for CE Credits towards RPT credentials. You can take up to 50 of the 150 required play therapy education hours through these courses. Note: Whatever name you used to sign up for your PTIC E-Learning account is the one that will appear on your final certificate. You will only be able to change your name in your “My Account” section.

Credit Hours: Total 6 CE Credits* (Non-Direct Contact)

Cost: $80

*Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, APT Approved Provider 09-264


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Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable to other courses. If you are dissatisfied with the book study, you may request a transfer of funds to another book study or course by writing a one-page paper outlining what you learned in the book study and what specifically it was about the book study that was not satisfactory. You will not receive CE credits for the original book study you signed up for. As well, we don’t refund the cost of the books, as we don’t sell the books.



The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play: Brain-Building Interventions for Emotional Well-Being

By Theresa A. Kestly

The mental health field has seen a significant shift in the past decade toward including a neuroscience perspective when designing clinical interventions. However, for many play therapists it has been challenging to apply this information in the context of play therapy. Here, Theresa Kestly teaches therapists how to understand the neurobiology of play experiences so the undeniable benefits of play therapy can be exploited to their fullest. At last, clinical readers have a book that takes seriously the importance of play and brings a scientific eye to this most important aspect of life. Drawing on concepts of interpersonal neurobiology, the benefits of play interventions to achieve attunement, neural integration, healthy attachment, and the development of resilience and well-being become clear.

Participants will:

  1. Understand the Gestalt Therapy-based approach and how it provides an effective method for psychotherapeutic work with children of all ages.
  2. Learn through practical examples ways to successfully build therapeutic relationships that enable children to express his or her innermost feelings, to foster self-awareness and self-discovery, to enhance self-esteem, and to promote emotional growth.
  3. Explore non-directive and directive play therapy interventions as it relates to specific topics including dealing with anger in children; approaches to making contact with adolescents; helping children cope with issues of loss and grief; fostering a sense of self-nurturing; working with very young children; conducting therapy groups for children and adolescents; treating children with symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; and the therapeutic use of music.