26 episodes

Join me on Next Level Play Therapy, a podcast for child and adolescent therapists seeking to elevate your play therapy services. Hosted by Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S, at Renewing Hearts Play Therapy Training.  
Each episode delves into the nuances of play therapy, exploring innovative techniques, evidence-based practices, and practical strategies for providing exceptional therapeutic experiences. These engaging discussions cover a wide range of topics, including building rapport with children, how to make sure you get great outcomes for clients, therapeutic toys and tools and strategies to use in sessions, addressing trauma and attachment issues, engaging parents, promoting emotional regulation, and nurturing resilience for children and their families.
Whether you're an experienced therapist looking to refine your skills or a novice clinician venturing into the world of play therapy, the Next Level Play Therapy podcast equips you with the knowledge and insights to enhance your play therapy practice. With interviews featuring experts in play therapy, exploration of best practices, discussion of game-changing principles and strategies, this podcast equips you with the tools to unlock the amazing power of play therapy to transform the lives of children, adolescents, and families.
Tune in to Next Level Play Therapy and take a journey towards becoming an exceptional play therapist as we navigate the next level strategies that lead to profound healing and growth for children and their families.

Next Level Play Therapy: A Podcast for Play Therapy Excellence Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S

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Join me on Next Level Play Therapy, a podcast for child and adolescent therapists seeking to elevate your play therapy services. Hosted by Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S, at Renewing Hearts Play Therapy Training.  
Each episode delves into the nuances of play therapy, exploring innovative techniques, evidence-based practices, and practical strategies for providing exceptional therapeutic experiences. These engaging discussions cover a wide range of topics, including building rapport with children, how to make sure you get great outcomes for clients, therapeutic toys and tools and strategies to use in sessions, addressing trauma and attachment issues, engaging parents, promoting emotional regulation, and nurturing resilience for children and their families.
Whether you're an experienced therapist looking to refine your skills or a novice clinician venturing into the world of play therapy, the Next Level Play Therapy podcast equips you with the knowledge and insights to enhance your play therapy practice. With interviews featuring experts in play therapy, exploration of best practices, discussion of game-changing principles and strategies, this podcast equips you with the tools to unlock the amazing power of play therapy to transform the lives of children, adolescents, and families.
Tune in to Next Level Play Therapy and take a journey towards becoming an exceptional play therapist as we navigate the next level strategies that lead to profound healing and growth for children and their families.

    How Can the AAI Be Used in Play Therapy to Create Secure Attachments?

    How Can the AAI Be Used in Play Therapy to Create Secure Attachments?

    One of the things I regularly hear from play therapists is their frustration knowing what is the most effective way to work with parents in play therapy.This is especially true when working with children in families that are very challenging.Children exist within the context of their families and supporting parents to be the therapeutic agents of change for their children is an important task for play therapists.How do you engage parents in play therapy and support a secure attachment with th...

    • 40 min
    How to Set Up Play Therapy for Success

    How to Set Up Play Therapy for Success

    From an attachment theory standpoint, structure is an important part of parenting.It helps children understand relationship boundaries, protects them from possible harm, provides a sense of safety and order, and allows them to understand how actions impact them and others.How we provide structure is very important - Not too rigid and not too loose. Just right structure is the 🔑to success.This is also true when providing play therapy to children and their families.One of the biggest reasons I ...

    • 39 min
    What is Imposter Syndrome in Play Therapy?

    What is Imposter Syndrome in Play Therapy?

    If you’re a play therapist, especially new to play therapy, I’m going to share a secret with you.You may not believe me when I tell you this.If you feel like a fraud using play therapy …If you feel overwhelmed and struggling with thoughts that you suck using play therapy and that your clients are probably suffering because of your incompetence …This is likely a lie your brain is telling you. 🤯It’s called Imposter Syndrome.Every play therapist I’ve ever worked with to learn play therapy feels ...

    • 35 min
    How to Get Unstuck in Play Therapy

    How to Get Unstuck in Play Therapy

    Have you ever felt like you’re lost and not sure what to do when you’re providing play therapy?Maybe you’ve secretly thought that you aren’t cut out to be a play therapist because you’re terrible at it.At some point in your learning journey to help your clients heal using play therapy, you’ve probably felt lost, overwhelmed, and frustrated.Typically, you’re imposter syndrome kicks it and can leave you feeling like you aren’t helping your clients and you worry that you may actually be making t...

    • 40 min
    How Do You Know if Play Therapy Works?

    How Do You Know if Play Therapy Works?

    What’s the point of learning to recognize themes in play therapy sessions?Does it really matter?Play therapists often talk about what play themes occurred in their clients’ play therapy sessions.Are play themes even real or are we just making them up to justify that play therapy is actually working?We know that play therapy has become the “go-to” treatment approach for children and several play therapy models are considered evidence-based.But what about play themes? We talk about them, ...

    • 35 min
    How Can Play Therapy Heal Preverbal Trauma?

    How Can Play Therapy Heal Preverbal Trauma?

    Do children who’ve experienced trauma prior to developing language have the capacity to remember what happened to them?Does the traumatic experience go away on its own?I’ve often heard people, including child serving professionals, dismiss the possibility of the negative impact of neglect and early trauma on infants and young children.Especially the trauma caused by invasive medical procedures on infants and children even though the procedures are necessary.I find it perplexing that professio...

    • 41 min

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