We set up the booth as a general play room, bringing various things from our offices. We wanted parents, and children, to get a visual of how different play therapy can be. We included two sensory trays, a puppet stage, a play area on the floor, and an art table. We gave each child a coloring book on How to Deal with Bullying and then gave the parents our information and a brochure about play therapy created by the Association for Play Therapy.
We had a tremendous response of families and parents that were interested in learning more about play therapy and how it is different from other types of child therapy. I hope to do more events like this in the future to continue to promote play therapy and also do reduce the negative stigma that is often placed on counseling.
I am very thankful for my friend, and fellow play therapist, Temple Carson. She was my partner in this booth and is a very passionate and talented counselor.