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Sunday, November 8 • 12:50pm - 1:40pm
The Intuitive Child's Paranormal & Spiritual Experiences in Play Therapy

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In recent years, parents have been reaching out to clinicians and even to parapsychology (psi) researchers to understand their children’s psi experiences. Typically, these reports fall within healthy “exceptional” phenomena that simply require information and a supportive response. However, there are also reports of disturbing (and even frightening) psi cases. These situations usually involve children seeing spirits/ghosts, having out-of-body experiences, and/or other anomalies. In these cases, the therapist might—understandably—feel challenged to find the right response. This lunchtime talk will identify the issues that surround child psi experiences, towards an understanding that yields a proper clinical response. Participants will learn to differentiate between psychological and psi-related phenomena, and examine ways to reassure and respond to the affected children and parents. Recommendations for play therapy approaches and materials will also be addressed.

Eligible for 1.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS

This session also eligible for APT credits


Faculty
AA

Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S

Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S, is a licensed child psychologist, certified school psychologist, registered play therapist and supervisor and clinical parapsychologist. She is past member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Play Therapy, and founder, founding past president, and newly re-elected President of the NY Association for Play Therapy. For over 30 years Athena has worked as a clinician with children and teens in... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)