Play Therapy successfully helps children at risk

The UT Reach Project headed by Jeff Cochran and Nancy Cochran (University of Tennessee, USA) utilises Child Centred Play Therapy to work therapeutically with children in schools.

Children are able to use Play Therapy to express their feelings.  Play Therapy helps them develop the capacity to self-regulate their emotions.  They get the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings and “think” about them through play.  Play Therapy develops the child’s ability to be flexible and cooperative, and to get on better with people so that can use all the opportunities that come their way, be develop, grow and flourish.

“UT REACH Project provides and researches intensive mental health counselling services for at-risk children and families in schools in order to reach children from impoverished situations who would not otherwise access adequate mental health or other counselling services. ”

See here for a document describing the success rate.   Video links from individuals involved in the UT Reach Project: Effects on children and Effects on Community and Professionals

 

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