Description

Puppets are a very popular playing technique used to help children express their feelings, reconstruct anxious events and implement more adaptive and functional behaviors. They take on various shapes, appearances, sizes and colors. They allow children to be very creative in acting in a play or expressing an interaction.

In Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, puppets are used to help children express thoughts, feelings and relationship problems in a safe environment of expression. Children experience a sense of control and mastery that aids them in recognizing or communicating feelings and thoughts, which could become the basis of maladaptive behaviors.

The training aims to train professionals in the sector in the use of puppets as a tool for modeling children’s behaviors and cognitive strategies through cognitive and behavioral interventions. 

Presentation Video

In questo video, Maria A. Geraci, fondatrice del Centro Ricerca CBPT sito in Roma, introduce l’importanza dell’utilizzo dei Puppet nella Play Therapy Cognitivo-Comportamentale (CBPT). 

Objectives

At the end of the module, participants should be able to:

  1. Help children bring out thoughts and model behaviors to achieve established therapeutic goals
  2. Have the knowledge of basic skills to use puppets within the CBPT intervention
  3. Learn about different activities with the use of puppets to be integrated within the therapeutic project

Course requirements

The course is aimed at:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers Or Licensed Independent Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist
  • Licensed Mental Health Clinical Nurse Practitioner

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Maria A. Geraci

Maria A. Geraci specializes in CBT psychotherapy with a case of Childhood Depression treated with Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy at the Humanitas School of Specialization in Rome (LUMSA University). She has a University Specialization in Psychological Evaluation at Sapienza University of Rome and a Master in Play Therapy at the International Academy for Play Therapy in Lugano.

For 10 years she has been dealing with developmental psychotherapy using CBPT in paths aimed at the emotional regulation of children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

She is an adjunct professor at the LUMSA University, Coordinator and teacher of the Humanitas School of Psychotherapy and a teacher in several schools of CBT psychotherapy where she teaches specific modules on Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy.

She is the author of several publications, national and international articles on issues relating to Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Coping, the emotional resources of children with learning disabilities and the promotion of resilience.

COURSE CURRICULUM 

Module 1: Use of Puppets in CBPT

LESSON 1

  • What are puppets (16 minutes)

LESSON 2

  • Basic skills of Puppetry (14 minutes)

LESSON 3

  • Application of puppets (19 minutes)

50 MINUTES VIDEO LESSON

PDF LESSON

Module 2: Assessment with Puppets

LESSON 1 

  • The puppet sentence completion task (PSCT) (16 minutes)

LESSON 2

  • Interviewing children with puppets (23 minutes)

LESSON 3

  • Use of puppets in family assessment (19 minutes)

60 MINUTES VIDEO LESSON

PDF LESSON

Module 3: The use of cognitive behavioral techniques with Puppets

LESSON 1

  • The use of puppets in psychotherapy (25 minutes)

LESSON 2

  • Puppets and cognitive behavioral techniques (22 minutes)

LESSON 3

  • The role of modeling and role playing (16 minutes)

65 MINUTES VIDEO LESSON

PDF LESSON

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