Retention of Play Therapy Techniques in Seniors
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Retention of Play Therapy Techniques in Seniors

December 31, 2019

[no dialogue] We are studying play therapy
techniques conducted by seniors in the community and how they
interact with the children. Right now, I’m working with Dr.
Yoder to look at how much the seniors are remembering after
the summer break. We take a play therapy video
that they conducted before the summer break and then we have
them come back in during the fall semester and
conduct a play therapy session with
another child. We use this scale to look at
their levels of empathy, to look at the amount of
attention they give the child and to look at the amount of
direction they give the child, and we rate them every three
minutes and rate their highest score and their lowest score
within those three minutes and watch an entire therapy
session. I worked with the pre-practicum
class, which is the, kind of, training and initial
skills of counseling, and I worked on giving those
students feedback and supervising them on their
experiences and their professional development or
identity as a counselor, and then this semester I’m
working withh them as their practicum student, so
practicum is their first initial step out into the
world of counseling. They’re bringing back videos
and feedback that they’ve recieved from their
actual practice as counselors and we review it and
I give them feedback. After this process, I’m
supervised to increase my supervision skills and
to increase the ability that I have to give
them feedback. The whole time I’m with
Dr. Yoder, it feels like it’s a very great
learning process. I’m always learning new
techniques or new areas to look at when I’m
analyzing the therapeutic techniques or the play
therapy techniques. We love to laugh and
love to interact with people and we really
connect well and bounce ideas off of each other
and brainstorm a lot. My next step in life is
probably to find a job in the community mental
health agency where I get to work as a clinical
counselor within the community. This research is definitely
helping me in my career path. It helps me engage the
community within the research, but it also helps
me look at things from more of a research perspective and
look at human behavior in more of a research perspective
while really enhancing my play therapy
knowledge. It has developed me into a
counselor that is very aware of what’s going on in the room,
but also helped me reach out and use resources within
the community. I feel like this has challenged
me the most I have ever been challenged, but I’ve grown
the most I’ve ever grown. [no dialogue]

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