When Words Fail – Play Therapy As A Tool To Bridge The Communication Gap

Play Therapy is an empirically supported counseling treatment for individuals, couples and families founded on the developmental and healing properties of play. This presentation will allow participants to gain understanding of how Play Therapy can have a powerful therapeutic effect in your work.
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When Words Fail – Play Therapy As A Tool To Bridge The Communication Gap

Time & Location

12 Dec 2018, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
63b Temple St - 3rd Floor, 63b Temple Street, Singapore

About The Event

WELL NOW TALK SERIES

The Well Now Talk Series are events offered to you by Well Now, a community for mental health practitioners.

Each talk addresses one of three themes, or a mixture thereof:

  1. A modality that other mental health practitioner may want to learn more about
  2. Case studies that address the practicalities of working with a particular topic area
  3. Succefful ways to build a private practice

As such the Well Now Talk Series is exclusively dedicated to mental health practitioners. Whether you are a counsellor, psychologist, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst or therapist, who is qualified and involved in the mental health profession one way or another, this would likely be of interest to you.

THIS EVENING'S TALK

The field of counseling has its own rich history and its theories were being developed during the beginning of the 20th century.

As time goes by till the present, more and more theories were being presented and expanded.

Play Therapy is an empirically supported counseling treatment for individuals, couples and families founded on the developmental and healing properties of play.

Play is essential to the optimal brain development of a child and thus, fundamental to the healthy functioning of a child in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical domains.

From a neurobiological perspective, play is critical for children and adolescents whose developmental has been arrested by distressing life events.

At the same time, it is also critical for adults who had experienced traumatic events in allowing them to express and communicate via the different mediums of play symbolically where words could not be used in describing.

It would allow them to access the unconscious, enabling them to make meaning of their experiences and to work through these traumatic and distressing events within a safe and nurturing relationship.

This presentation has been designed to provide an experiential and brief introduction to the use of Play and Expressive Arts within a therapeutic setting. Participants will gain an understanding of the history, the practical use of such mediums in therapy as well as the powerful effects that it has on different areas within the life of a client and how it could be used to enhance their counseling and therapy skills.

OUR SPEAKER

Abigail Lee is the Founder and Executive Director at Healing Hearts Centre, a private counseling and consultation practice that is committed to providing emotional healing through holistic counselling, psychotherapy, play therapy and coaching as well as the Immediate Past President of the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (Singapore).

She is a professional counsellor, supervisor and trainer with over 12 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, couples and families who are battling various mental health and life issues.

Through the use of Play and Expressive Arts Therapy techniques, Abigail works from the therapeutic approach of allowing the uniqueness of each individual to be valued while providing a safe, systematic journey towards trauma and life issue resolution.

She was awarded the Working People’s Advocate by the National Trades Union Congress in May 2018, is a writer on various magazine platforms, and travels, speaks and provides training locally and internationally, both to professional counselors and members of the public in mental and emotional well-being issues. She has also been previously featured and interviewed on the Singapore docu-drama, “In Cold Blood 3”.

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