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HDFS402 - Benefits of Therapeutic Play

Course Details

Course Code: HDFS402 Course ID: 4850 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of the principles of therapeutic play, including history, theories, techniques, applications and skills. The content focuses on basic therapy skill development within the context of ethical and cultural diversity-sensitive practice. Attention is given understanding the role of therapeutic play in the context of the participant’s clinical (medical treatment) and non-clinical system (family, school, community). 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. Interest in or pursuit of Child Life certification is not required. (Prerequisite: HDSFS401)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successful completion of HDFS402 students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the history and theoretical foundations of therapeutic play.
  2. Explain basic therapy skill development.
  3. Examine abilities within ethnically and culturally diverse contexts.
  4. Distinguish the role of therapeutic play in the context of the participant’s clinical and non-clinical system.

Child Life Competencies

  1. Care of Infants, Children, Youth and Families
    1. Competency-The ability to assess the developmental and psychosocial needs of infants, children, youth and families.

  1. Competency-The ability to initiate and maintain meaningful and therapeutic relationships with infants, children, youth and families.

  1. Competency-The ability to provide opportunities for play for infants, children, youth and families.
  2. Competency-The ability to provide a safe, therapeutic and healing environment for infants, children, youth and families.

  1. Competency-The ability to support infants, children, youth, and families in coping with stressful events.

  1. Competency-The ability to provide teaching, specific to the population served, including psychological preparation for potentially stressful experiences, with infants and children.

  1. Professional Responsibility
    1. Competency-The ability to practice within the scope of professional and personal knowledge and skill base.

  1. Competency-The ability to continuously engage in self-reflective professional child life practice.

  1. Competency-The ability to function as a member of the service team.

  1. Education and Supervision
    1. Competency-The ability to represent and communicate child life practice and psychosocial issues of infants, children, youth, and families to others.

  1. Competency-The ability to supervise child life students and volunteers.

  1. Research Fundamentals
    1. Competency-The ability to integrate clinical evidence and fundamental child life knowledge into professional decision-making.

  1. Administration
    1. Competency-The ability to develop and evaluate child life services.
    2. Competency-The ability to implement child life services within the structure and culture of the work environment.

(From https://www.childlife.org/files/ChildLifeCompetenciesJune2016.pdf)

Forums

Please join the forums each week. Students must post a reply to each weekly forum and reply to at least 2 other students for each Forum. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions.

Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

Guidelines:

  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 400 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
NameGrade %
Forums 35.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.38 %
Week 2 Forum 4.38 %
Week 3 Forum 4.38 %
Week 4 Forum 4.38 %
Week 5 Forum 4.38 %
Week 6 Forum 4.38 %
Week 7 Forum 4.38 %
Week 8 Forum 4.38 %
Assignments 45.00 %
Child Life Specialist Interview (Part 1) 15.00 %
Solution Investigation (Part 2) 15.00 %
Solution Research Ideas Recommendation (Part 3) 15.00 %
Final Presentation 20.00 %
Therapeutic Activity Presentation 20.00 %

There are three texts for this course. Information about accessing each of them is listed within your classroom:

Integrating Expressive Arts & Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents, edited by Eric

  1. Green & Athena A. Drewes, Wiley Publishing, 2014

Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship, 3rd edition, by Gary L. Landreth, Routledge Publishing, 2012

The Handbook of Child Life: A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care, edited by Richard H. Thompson, Charles C. Thomas Publishing, 2009

Book Title:Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship, 3rd. ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; links provided in classroom lessons.
ISBN:9780415886819
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Landreth, Garry
Unit Cost:$54.48
Book Title:The Handbook of Child Life: A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; links provided in classroom lessons.
ISBN:9780398078324
Author:Thompson, Richard
Unit Cost:$56.31
Book Title:Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; links provided in classroom lessons.
ISBN:9781118527986
Publication Info:Wiley OL
Author:Green, Eric
Unit Cost:$39.19

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.