The Effect of Play Therapy on Trauma in Children

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The Effect of Play Therapy on Trauma in Children

Sophia Amodol Site: Creative Resilience Counseling, LLC Supervisor: Stacy Garcia, MA, LPC, NCC

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Literature Review

They Lead You Follow: Role of Non-Directive Play Therapy in Building Resilience (Ahuja and Saha , 2016). The effectiveness of non-directive play therapy on children Reviewed other literature to assess the effectiveness Child-Centered Play Therapy for Youths Who Have Experienced Trauma: A systematic Literature Review (Humble et al., 2019). Focus on Child centered play therapy (CCPT) Reviewed 7 articles describing different outcomes of CCPT Proven popular but not efficient Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents (Cook et al. 2005). Discussed immediate and long-term consequences on trauma Evaluates why the behaviors after trauma can be negative

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Creative Resilience Counseling, LLC Client 5-year old female Trauma from sexual abuse by biological father B ehavior issues (aggression, emotion regulation) Weekly sessions changed to bi-weekly Play Therapy Non-directive play therapy Overcome trauma Learn body safety Cope with panic attacks Regulate emotions and learn to express them Parental support

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Trauma was worked through Ability to express negative emotions towards abuser Ability to express what would happen if abuser was seen again Panic attack and nightmares lessened Behavior issues Able to express her feelings in a safe and non- agresive way No longer having a constant need to be in control resulted in more positive emotions Originally the outcome was supposed to be discharge by the end of the semester Due to anniversary of incident regression occurred Moved to bi-weekly and will be reevaluated in the fall

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Children fear new people and as a result therapy seems scary Play-therapy allows for their imaginary life to be used as learning opportunities Therapy differs in every client and overall outcomes constantly change Non-directive play allows for sense of control Trauma continuously comes back but learning how to cope helps better the lives of those with serious trauma