What is Filial Therapy?Filial Therapy uses the child's natural activity of play and is designed to directly strengthen families through play, so that everyone in the family benefits.
Sometimes called Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Filial Therapy is a family based form of Non-Directive Child-Centred Play Therapy where the parents work under guidance of the therapist to bring positive changes to the family life.
In our Filial class you will learn special skills that YOU can then go on to use with your own child during special play sessions at home. We will explain and demonstrate basic play therapy skills and give you the opportunity to workshop them in class. We guide parents on the use of empathetic responses to the child's feelings, on building a child's self-esteem, on helping the child learn self-regulation and self-responsibility, and also on how to set therapeutic limits during a session.
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All of the skills you learn for your special play sessions can be later extended into your daily life to help with problems at home.
Parents find that after attending the Filial Therapy course, they have a deeper appreciation and understanding of their child's inner struggles and a broader range of effective parenting tools. Filial Therapy helps parents to develop a consistent parenting style. During their special playtime the parent creates an accepting relationship, in which the child feels completely free to express themselves through play. Parents usually find that their relationship and attachment to their child is greatly enhanced and that they have a renewed joy in parenting. Parents also find that the small time spent together in filial play is so valuable and special that they are happy to do invest this time. Typically children love having "special play time" with their parents.
This type of family-oriented play therapy requires commitment and work on the part of the parents. Most parents report that this effort is well worth it in terms of the positive outcomes they've experienced. Families who have participated often continue their special play sessions long after formal therapy ends.
Benefits of Filial Therapy
Benefits for the CHILD:
Benefits for the PARENT:
Benefits for the FAMILY:
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