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Intentionality in Supervision: Supervising Play Therapy Interns and Practitioners

Denis’ A. Thomas


Although supervision is a component of nearly all training in the helping professions, many interns and practitioners in play therapy report not receiving supervision by registered play therapist supervisors, supervisors experienced in working with children and knowledgeable in play as means of expression. The author suggests that using play therapy as a philosophical approach to supervision could be a beneficial method to meet supervision goals. A model for meeting the goals of supervision, within the philosophical approach of child centered play therapy, using parallel process, planning, and preparation is provided.

Keywords: supervision, play therapy, parallel process, philosophy of supervision, child-centered play therapy

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