Play Therapy

Play Therapy

Play is the language of a child. The art of Play Therapy uses play to help children express their feelings through toys instead of words. Play is the child’s natural medium of expression. Toys are to children what words are to adults. The Association For Play Therapy (APT) defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.” In the textbook, Play Therapy : The Art of the Relationship (2nd ed), Dr. Gary Landreth defined child centered play therapy as follows: “A dynamic interpersonal relationship between a child and a therapist trained in play therapy procedures who provides selected play materials and facilitates the development of a safe relationship for the child to fully express and explore self through play, the child’s natural medium of communication, for optimal growth and development.” Play Therapy provides a way for a child to express their experience and feelings through the art of play. If you want to know more about play therapy, watch the following video which explains the value of play and the play therapy process....

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Walk by Faith

Walk by Faith

Ever been “frozen” to take the next step? Ever been drawn to step out in faith but got stalled because we aren’t sure of ALL the steps, therefore, we don’t even take the first one? We seem to be waiting for assurance that the next step is going to work out. I have learned that God doesn’t always give the entire plan; but He usually just gives the next step. I read somewhere that FAITH is Fantastic Adventure In Trusting Him. Faith is not passive. It is an active endeavor which requires you to MOVE forward. Don’t be afraid to take a step because you think it will be the wrong one. One of my favorite movie clips is from the “Indiana Jones-The Last Crusade” which gives an idea of the courage it takes to take that next step in faith. Spend less than two minutes watching and be reminded of your faith walk in the journey you are in today....

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Plan B

Plan B

I recently attended Royal Family Kids Camp, a camp for abused, abandoned and neglected children where I’ve served as a volunteer since 1999. I served in a role where I help kids who are struggling behaviorally to enjoy their week at camp. The week ended with our Director, Darren Edwards, reporting that this was a week of “plan B”. We had to come up with alternatives to our original plans. To name just a few changes, there were adults who serve in important roles who got sick during the week and there were people stepping up to serve many roles instead of just the job they were assigned to. Also, the water was cut off for two hours one morning as the kids were arriving for an indoor activity of kids club. What do you think happens when you tell adults and kids they can’t go to the bathroom? All of a sudden, people need to go. In addition, a big wind and rain storm came one afternoon and cut off power during chapel time. Can you imagine what it would be like to have 132 kids and over 100 adults in a dark room while it’s storming outside and maintain a sense of self- control? The activities were conducted with a flashlight for about 35 minutes. Then, because of the big storm, the outdoor activities after dinner had to be altered. The kids had looked forward to this time of jumping houses and the rock climbing wall. Activities were changed to indoors and outdoor activities were postponed to the next day. The camp motto is “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.” There were many opportunities to be stretched that week. It’s a life lesson for all of us. Sometimes things happen in our control and sometimes it’s out of our control. Plans change, a loss happens, someone else’s choice deeply impacts us. How are we going to respond to it? We have choices in our response. What will you choose?...

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