JODI MULLEN, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-S

Play Therapy and the Culture of Childhood

 THIS PLAY ROOM WAS OPEN AUGUST 25th!


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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In this video interview, Dr.  Jodi Mullen discusses her research and experience on the culture of childhood.  She believes that in order for play therapists to be effective they have to be competent cross-culturally. Luckily, the language of play is universal. Still play therapists must take into account the world of children is vastly different from that of adults. There exist rules, values, customs, and language that are part of a culture that adults have left long behind. A culture where one is generally powerless, physical size matters, and your daily accomplishments are judged as inconsequential by the dominant culture of adulthood (drawings, homework, physical tasks like cartwheels). What’s important to children is not judged as such by the dominant culture. Children experience a childhood where their thoughts and feelings are often dismissed and minimized - little person equals little problem. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES


1. Participants will be able to understand childhood through a cultural lens and how that relates to play therapy practice.

2. Participants will be able to give examples of how childhood can be considered a culture.

3. Participants will be able to integrate viewing childhood as a culture into the work they do as play therapists.

SPEAKER BIO - Dr.  Jodi Mullen

Dr. Jodi Ann Mullen

Dr. Jodi Ann Mullen, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-S is a professor at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she is the coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program and Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy.

She is the Director of Integrative Counseling Services in Auburn, Cicero, Fulton & Oswego, New York. Dr. Mullen is credentialed play therapist and play therapy supervisor with over 20 years experience. She is the author of several manuscripts on counseling youth, play therapy, and supervision.

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APT APPROVED PROVIDER 12-331:

 1 Hour Non-Contact Credit Is Available For This Course With The Purchase Of The All Access Pass

(All Access Pass Purchase Offer Comes Immediately After Summit Registration!)

20 Total Hours of Credit Available As Part of the All Access Pass.  See terms here. 

**Play Therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals**

Summit Founder and Hostess:  Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S

For questions or comments about this event, email info@jentaylorplaytherapy.com

www.jentaylorplaytherapy.com

Jennifer has nearly 20 years experience working with children and families.  She is currently licensed in Florida, Tennessee, and Hawaii.  She is EMDR Trained and TF-CBT Certified.  

She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis and has presented at multiple national conferences.  Jennifer provides play therapy case consultation, supervision and training (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  

Oh, and she also has three children under the age of 4 and a pretty fantastic husband!