Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) is a developmentally sensitive adaptation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a well established treatment for adolescents and adults, aimed to modify negative thinking patterns that cause negative emotions and maladaptive behaviors. CBPT is designed specifically for 2½ to 8-year old children and emphasizes the use of play to deliver effective CBT strategies. Because play is a natural process in young children, the child is able to be an active participant in acquiring the strategies. Thus, techniques can be taught and communicated in an engaging and accessible way. Modeling is often used to convey interventions, but other methods are used, as well. A wide range of behavioral and cognitive intervention methods are included in the treatment. CBPT teaches generalization of learned adaptive behaviors to other settings and incorporates relapse prevention techniques. Overall, treatment is both structured and unstructured, which allows for a balance between active collaboration and spontaneous learning. Similarities and differences among various play therapy approaches will be explored. Many case examples will be utilized to demonstrate both the delivery and effectiveness of CBPT. Relevant research will be presented. This will be presented in four separate modules, with a fifth module, specifically for case consultation.
Upon completion of the four modules, participants should be able to:
- Understand the basic features of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT)
- Understand the principles of CBT that apply to young children in CBPT
- Understand CBPT with preschool and early school age children
- Apply CBPT with preschool and early school age children
- Learn from case examples ways in which CBT interventions can be adapted for use with children
- Understand the differences between CBPT and more traditional play therapies