The online course provides an overview of the principles of therapeutic play, including history, theories, techniques, applications, and skills. The content focuses on basic therapeutic skill development within the context of ethical and cultural diversity sensitive practice. Attention is given to understanding the role of therapeutic play in the context of the participant’s clinical (medical treatment) system. Participants learn strategies for engaging children in art, music, and other alternative therapeutic play to educate them on an adult's diagnosis or on their own diagnosis. Participants are introduced to a variety of online resources available for further support.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Explain current research as it relates to the use of therapeutic play within the Child Life profession
- Describe how to plan and how to implement therapeutic play within the pediatric medical setting
- Apply Child Life theory and therapeutic play research through direct service to children and their families coping with medical needs
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Child Life (ONLINE) : Electives (16 units)