1.50 CE Credits Available
Making Child Therapy Work
by Robin Walker
Watch master child therapist Robin Walker model therapeutic play with children in a series of vignettes aimed at helping therapists develop authentic, empathic, fun-filled relationships with kids. 
Learn from master child therapist Robin Walker why play is not a way to get children to talk about therapeutic issues, but is in fact the primary language of therapy. Play provides the building blocks for a strong therapeutic relationship, while simultaneously helping children develop communication skills, increase self-esteem, and stimulate development.

From activities that facilitate the integration of aggression to tips on modeling appropriate expression of difficult emotions, Walker skillfully shows therapists how to help children expand their emotional repertoire, no matter what the presenting problem. In numerous vignettes, he models how to develop a life-enhancing, caring, and authentic relationship with kids, one characterized by curiosity, interest, empathy, as well as a healthy dose of humor! Most importantly, he demonstrates how to create an environment in which each child who comes into your office can have what Walker calls a “genuine experience of self.”

Whether you currently work with kids and want to hone your skills, or are brand new to child therapy, this informative and inspiring video is sure to expand your capacity to truly make a difference in the lives of the children with whom you work.

What therapists are saying…

"This intelligent, informative, and delightful video offers a much needed addition to the field of play-based interventions for children. Play Therapy guru Robin Walker provides us with the invaluable wisdom of his years of experience working with children. This gem of a video offers a wealth of creative techniques that are based on sound developmental principles. For those interested in learning to do play therapy, as well as for seasoned professionals who are interested in improving and developing their skills, this is a must see."

-- Jenny Pascal, MFT, School Program Coordinator, The Southern California Counseling Center

"This video condenses years and years of work with children into simple, understandable, and fun material. Meeting therapists where their needs are, it mixes lecture, explanation, and enactments, to teach both what's best to do and why. This video tells more about how to work with children, how they work, and what works with them, than any textbook out there. If you want to do child therapy--or especially if you don't really want to but find yourself in a situation where you have to--don't just watch this video; devour it!"

-- Douglas Green, MFT, Los Angeles, CA.
"We highly recommend this video as an excellent teaching tool for any therapist working with children. Through his presentation and live demonstrations, therapists can learn fun, practical and easy techniques to use in sessions and to develop genuine relationships with clients. Therapists will learn new ways to communicate with children and to help them to identify, explore and express their feelings."

-- Heidi Kwok, MFT & Diana Castle, MS, Dept. of Educational Psychology and Counseling, California State University, Northridge.
In Depth
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Many of our training videos show full-length therapy sessions.  In contrast this video shows numerous brief examples of how to incorporate play therapy techniques into your work with kids. Walker has a true gift for connecting with children, and some of his enthusiasm and playfulness will rub off--if you are are open to it.  You can't help but learn something from this talented therapist.

By watching this video, you will:

• Understand how to build a therapeutic relationship that provides children with a “genuine experience of self.”
• Identify the four stages of child therapy and how to be most effective in each stage.
• Learn how to help children identify, explore, and express their emotions.

Length of video: 1:35:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-320-0

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-321-9

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-321-8

Robin Walker, MFT, has specialized in helping children and teens in his private practice since 1987. He is co-founder of the Alliance for Creative Psychotherapy. 

CE credits: 1.5

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how to build a therapeutic relationship with children
  • List the four stages of child therapy
  • Plan to help children process their emotions

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2024

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