Introducing Reality Play Therapy: Reactions and Perceptions From Elementary School Counselors

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creativity in counseling, elementary school counseling, reality therapy, play-therapy techniques

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Many elementary school students lack school relationships required for positive personal, social, and academic interactions. Reality therapy and play therapy both seek to address these relationships through developmentally appropriate and effective interventions. Integrating these 2 approaches has the potential for elementary school counselors to provide students with opportunities to create positive relationships and develop problem-solving skills. In this study, 8 school counselors participated in a series of trainings introducing reality play-therapy techniques to assess this potential. A thematic analysis conducted on feedback sessions following the trainings yielded themes related to the participants’ positive perceptions to the training and possible application.

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Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v. 10, issue 4, p. 402-422