With the healing power of therapeutic metaphors and the neuro-importance of play at its center, Story-Play®, a new Ericksonian, resiliency-based “indirective” model of play therapy provides participants with hands-on, creative tools for working with children and adolescents who experience phobias, medical issues, abuse, and trauma in a variety of settings to include private practice, hospitals, and the classroom. Case examples and experiential exercises will highlight how StoryPlay® can be effectively utilized with specialized populations or situations. Part I will focus upon the foundations of StoryPlay® Roots, Nine Essential Elements, Therapeutic Metamorphosis - four passages to transformation, and Steps for Creating and Utilizing Storytelling Metaphors both real and made-up. Multi-cultural aspects, Nature as co-storyteller, and relaxation exercises will be integrated. The second part will show how to recognize, retrieve and utilize “blocked sensory resources” to achieve Sensory Synchronicity. Addition-ally, The Artistic Metaphor, StoryCrafts™, Creating and implementing Living Metaphors and Therapeutic Rituals will be explored through case examples and experiential exercises.
Joyce C. Mills, PhD, LMFT, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor is the Founder/director of the Story- Play® Center in Scottsdale AZ and Co-director of the Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therapy. Recipient of 1997 Annual Intern Play Therapy Award for an “outstanding career contribution in Child Psychology and Play Therapy.” An internationally recognized trainer speaker, consultant, and program development specialist, author of eight books, including the award- winning Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within and Reconnecting to the Magic of Life.
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