Looking for strategies to strengthen your bond with your child through play? Learn how in a group or individual parent training led by our Founder, Carrie Heller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist.
This training is for parents, grandparents, teachers, friends – anyone who would benefit from tools to improve their relationship with the children in their care.
Two Online Filial Training Course Options
1) Online Group Course – $540 for 6 weeks
Trainings are hosted online weekly for 6 weeks, from 8:00pm – 9:30pm. We ask that all parents plan to attend all 6 sessions.
A $270 Deposit is required and balance due by the first training session. 2 Parents + 1 significant family member included.
Dates: Thursdays Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, 2020 from 8:00PM through 9:30PM EDT.
2) Private Training. Pricing and number of hours will depend on each family’s needs. Can be scheduled with Carrie
during daytime hours, lunch breaks, or evenings.
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What is Filial Training?
In Filial Training, the therapist teaches parents to conduct special non-directive play session with their own children. The Filial Training is designed for ages 3-11. Please note that Carrie also has a program for parents of teenagers that includes principles from this Filial Training. Filial Therapy strives to enhance a child-parent relationship by empowering the parent with new and innovative ways to interact with their child. Parents are given the skills necessary to practice effective listening and respond to a child’s emotions as well as tools to help encourage the enhancement of the child’s self-esteem. Therapists teach the parents how to set therapeutic limits and utilize principles of play therapy. Parents then conduct at-home sessions, and are taught how to provide an authentically accepting and understanding atmosphere in which their child will find security to explore their own emotions and the relationship with their parent.
Filial Therapy was created by Drs. Bernard and Louise Guerney in the late 1950s and developed throughout the rest of their careers. It was astonishingly ahead of the times, representing one of the first systemic family interventions, and using a psychoeducational framework that remains unparalleled in mental health work today. It remains unique in that family members are involved as the primary change agents for other family members.
Its use of nondirective play sessions and its involvement of parents as partners in the therapeutic process crosses cultural lines easily, and many have found great value in its respect and empowerment of the family.
Filial Therapy is an empirically supported therapy, with nearly 50 years of research. Three- and five-year follow up studies of the original model of Filial Therapy have shown that improvements in child behavior, parental empathy, parent skills, parent stress, and parent satisfaction have been maintained.
Parents will not be doing “therapy” with their child. Rather, parents will learn skills to help build their relationship with their child through the experience of special play times also known as special play sessions together.