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Lessons from the Playroom

Dec 11, 2017

"It's not that 'I know better.' It's that 'I know different.'" - Dave Garrison

Working with dads in the playroom isn't always the same as working with moms. It takes understanding the psychology of men, learning how to communicate in a way that is meaningful, and proving that you are a partner who doesn't know "better",...

Nov 27, 2017

"Rejection is one of the most challenging experiences we can have as humans. But behind rejection lies acceptance and growth." - Lisa Dion

Rejection is something we look upon negatively, both in the playroom and in our personal lives. But, here's a secret: behind rejection is always, always acceptance. This is one of...

Nov 13, 2017

"It's the child really feeling that you're with them that heals them most. Sometimes, that just doesn't require words." - Lisa Dion

A child’s refusal to speak inside the playroom can leave even the most seasoned therapist flustered. But connecting with clients involves much more than words. Silence can be golden when...

Oct 30, 2017

"The moment we believe we have figured it out is precisely the moment we stop growing" - Lisa Dion

Play therapy is an evolving field with new ideas around every corner. And each theory - new and old - has something to offer. Seeking knowledge improves your practice and benefits your clients (and yourself). As play...

Oct 16, 2017

"The important message to our kids: 'All of you is welcome.'" - Lisa Dion

Sexual identity and sexual orientation are not discussed often enough in the field of play therapy. But embracing these topics benefits our clients. So does refraining from black and white thinking. After all, children are colorful (and so are...