Training Class Details
Class Title: Introduction to Meeting a Child’s Developmental Needs through Gestalt Play and the Oaklander Model
Class Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 3
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
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[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Karen Fried
Class Description:



Training Summary: Provide a couple sentences summary (content themes/training techniques, and how this training is relevant to working with children who live in out of home care) 


In this workshop, we will demonstrate through theory and practice how support strategies that integrate play can help enliven, sharpen, and make more authentic the interactions between professionals and youth. Using the Oaklander Model of Gestalt Play Therapy, we will explore how to address a child's developmental needs with the goal of bringing back to children the aspects of themselves that they have lost. Through experiential learning, participants will be introduced to support strategies that enable children to develop a strong sense of self and tackle present-moment challenges. This training will explore techniques that can be used in person and virtually, including drawing, projective cards, Sand Tray, puppets, dollhouse, and more. 



The late Dr. Violet Oaklander, author of Windows to Our Children, and Hidden Treasure, applied the principles of Gestalt Therapy for children, adolescents and families. Her books and model have been translated in several languages and read by professionals throughout the world. In this training, presented by Karen Fried, Psy.D., M.F.T, participants will learn what has been shared with so many others, through a blend of theory and experience, how to use the Oaklander Model and apply it to their interactions with youth. 



Class Objectives: (what knowledge, ideas or skills will participants explore, learn, practice, etc during the training) Provide at least 3 class objectives. 


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to: 

? Explain the Oaklander Model of Gestalt Play and how to apply it when working with children and adolescents. 

? Describe the concept of the I/Thou relationship and why it’s such an important part of the Gestalt play process. 

? List 3 developmental issues related to children and how to address them using Gestalt play support strategies  



How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? (provide at least 2 transfer of learning strategies)  


Participants will incorporate at least two play support strategies with the youth in their care 

Participants will discuss a specific youth and their developmental needs during supervision and how best they would be supported through Gestalt Play and the Oaklander Model