Tired of feeling frustrated and stuck in session with your clients? Are clients signing off mid-session, canceling sessions, or ghosting you? Feeling like you’re not a great therapist and you can’t make the connections with the teens and children you’re hired to serve?
Then let me help you learn the ins and outs of video games so that you can connect with the kids. As we transition to the digital age, play and rapport-building activities have to capture our client’s attention. A simple connect 4 or Uno game may no longer do the trick for the children and teenagers in your telehealth practice. As sessions stay online for months, it can be hard to find creative activities that can spark that connection and therapeutic relationship that you worked so hard to maintain.
To help those clients who’ve closed up or become nonresponsive, learning how to engage in their preferred activity, like a video game or art activity, can help them open up. Video games in session have been a creative medium for my clients to better process their thoughts, feelings, and actions as they relate to things happening in the moment. I want to help you have the same success that I’ve been having with kids in session so that you can provide the therapy you’ve worked hard to master.
I have 3 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families involved in different settings, such as schools, Juvenile Hall, & the foster care system. I learned the therapy skills needed to address the anxiety, depression, trauma, and other issues that kept them from living their fullest lives. To do that, I had to prioritize meeting clients where they were at, by entering their world and being culturally competent.
Through the utilization of evidence-based practices (EBP), I’ve been able to utilize video games as a channel to deliver EBPs such as psychodynamic, CBT, TF-CBT, SFBT, play therapy, art therapy, and narrative therapy. Video games are simply a tool and medium for us to deliver the same research-backed interventions we’ve been practicing our whole careers. Now we just need to be competent in these new technologies to better reach our clients.
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