Play Therapy Technique: Build a Play Therapy Courtroom for Play Therapy Clients

by Play Therapy Students Group Assignment

Our play therapy technique group mystery counseling session called for us to construct a scene from the past, present or future that could be used during a counseling session with a child whose parents are divorcing and is preparing to go to court.
We decided collectively that we could best serve this child if we constructed a mock play therapy courtroom that could be used to role play with the child some potential questions that may be asked, acclimate them to a typical courtroom environment and ease some of their anxiety.
I worked on the construction of the actual courtroom with a few of my group members and I think we did a fantastic job.
We were able to use materials that a creative play therapist counselor would typically have at their disposal and once we mapped out the actual room the result was a realistic representation of a courtroom. What is even more surprising is that it did not take as long as I had anticipated; between 1-1.5 hours.
This activity gave me an opportunity to step into the role of a counselor being presented with a problem that needed immediate attention. Although this was a group project I still got a realistic feel of what it is like to have to think on my feet, utilize the resources and materials that are available to address the presenting problem. I can imagine that there will be a lot situations that arise in therapy that will call for great creativity, using limited resources with time restraints. Although there was some anxiety initially, I am more confident in my ability to perform in a similar manner when they arise in the future.

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