Facilitating empathic perspective taking in beginning child-centered play therapists: The role of supervision

Hayley L. Stulmaker, Ian Lertora, Yvonne Garza

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Abstract

Play therapy supervisors are responsible for ensuring supervisees competence in skills specific to play therapy. In child-centered play therapy, supervisors help develop play therapists levels of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence in the playroom, skills significant to the application of the theory. Of these, perspective-taking and communicating empathic understanding are valuable and crucial constructs. Through modeling and matching supervisees developmental needs in supervision, a supervisor can enhance a therapists skill level to better serve the children in therapy. Supervisors who are equipped with counselor development knowledge can help facilitate growth more effectively by understanding supervisees developmental needs. This article describes and illustrates the use of developmentally appropriate techniques to facilitate empathic understanding and perspective-taking with child-centered play therapists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-189
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Play Therapy
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • empathy
  • perspective-taking
  • play therapy
  • supervision

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