Adlerian Play Therapy with African Americans: Disrupting the Preschool to Prison Pipeline
Recent research has highlighted the racial disparities in school discipline and punishment, resulting in African American children of all ages being funneled through the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline. This one-day workshop explores the trends contributing to the racial disparities such as police presence in schools and zero tolerance policies. Clinicians will gain an understanding of how play therapy can help engage children, their families and teachers in reducing perceived problem behaviors and, ultimately, reduce school discipline and punishment among African American students. Participants will:
- List symptoms of traumatic stress that can manifest in the play therapy room with African American clients.
- List ways to engage African American children in play therapy in order to facilitate healthy social, emotional and cognitive development.
- Discover new play therapy interventions designed to engage African American children and adolescents in treatment for mental health disturbances.
- Analyze personal biases a play therapist may encounter when working with this population.
- Survey behaviors in play that may help the play therapist identify mental health issues in children and adolescents.
- Name cultural concepts that play therapists need to incorporate into their clinical work for effective treatment of traumatized clients.