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WSU PLAY THERAPY CENTER

Courses

CESP 840. Psychology of Exceptional Children (3). Study of the conceptual and theoretical formulations, empirical evidence, and research concerning behavioral characteristics of exceptional children.

CESP 841. Fundamentals of Play Therapy (3). Covers the historical development of play therapy as a treatment procedure, through current trends and practices of major disciplines in the field. Primary emphasis is on the development of fundamental skills and practices of major disciplines in the field. Primary emphasis is on the development of fundamental skills and strategies necessary to conduct successful play sessions. The effectiveness of play therapy with various diagnostic populations is discussed. Prerequisites: master’s degree in counseling or related field or program consent.

CESP 842. Play Therapy with Young Children (3). Examines the use of play therapy with young children. Emphasizes the developmental concepts and diagnostic approaches and issues of young children and their caregivers. Therapy strategies covered include treatment of regulation problems, filial therapy, floor time, interaction guidance, infant/parent relationship training and other strategies. Prerequisites: master’s degree in counseling or related field or program consent.

CESP 843. Child Psychopathology in Play Therapy (3). Examines common childhood diagnoses that present for treatment. Topics include: Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Separation Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as other common DSM IV diagnoses. The class discusses symptoms and the child’s clinical presentation. Appropriate treatments, including the use of play therapy and other therapy activities is also covered. Prerequisites: master’s degree in counseling or related field, CESP 841 or equivalent course; or program consent.

CESP 844. Advanced Techniques in Child and Play Therapy (3). An advanced skills class, building on the fundamental and requisite skills learned in an introductory course in play therapy. Emphasizes enhanced understanding and use of the nature and construction of therapeutic responses in the play therapy process. Explores the use of play therapy with varied therapeutic approaches and special populations. Prerequisites: master’s degree in counseling or related field, CESP 841 or equivalent course; or program consent.

CESP 845. Professional School Counseling (3). The role of school counselors in providing counseling, guidance and consultation services to students, staff, and parents in PreK–12 settings is covered. Prerequisites: Admission to the counseling degree program, CESP 803, 804 or departmental consent.

CESP 865: Practicum in Play Therapy (3). Allows students an opportunity to practice play therapy skills and techniques through a guided supervision experience. The practicum experience includes orientation to the WSU play therapy room, observation room, use of electronic recording equipment, and use of various checklists and play therapy evaluation tools to gain a deeper understanding of the play therapy process. The class meets each week to review, process and discuss play therapy videotaped play sessions. This course is offered every other semester.