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Play Therapy Asia Conference 2019

Keep in Touch: Connecting to Your Strenghts in Helping Children

Keynote Speaker: Janet A. Courtney, PhD

Practitioners are often challenged by complicated and multidimensional issues related to ethical “touch” practice with children. At the same time, we know that research overwhelming reveals the vital importance of touch to health growth and development. This Keynote session presents the neurobiology of touch, and a synopsis of an exploratory research study investigating practitioners’ perspectives of ethical touch within child counseling practice. Several in session “mediating factors” along with touch guidelines are presented in addition to five competencies aimed at supplementing core clinical practice, educational standards. All in all, this Keynote addresses the problem practitioners face related to touch in practice with children, and the practical steps we can take to address the concerns of liability. The audience will engage in experiential exercises to enhance self-awareness and to ground the topic into practice

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Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Describe three research outcomes related to practitioner perspectives and experiences of touch interactions with children in professional counseling practices.
  • 2. List five core practice competencies that support ethical touch practice encounters in child counseling and play therapy.
  • 3. List at least ten recommended guidelines related to touch in practice. 
  • 4. Describe five types of touch related to “child initiated” touch in sessions.
  • 5. Describe five types of touch related to “practitioner initiated” touch in sessions.

Keynote Speaker: Janet A. Courtney, PhD

Dr. Courtney is the founder of FirstPlay® Therapy, an attachment based Developmental Play Therapy intervention. She is a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, a TEDx speaker, Chair of the Ethics and Practice committee through the Association for Play Therapy, and past president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy.