What objects might a play therapist bring to a post-disaster therapy session?

Response from Dominique Eugene, co-editor of “Mass Trauma and Emotional Healing Around the World”:

Each psychologist or disaster relief worker provides assistance based on their specific training. During a disaster, when we go out to those countries, we only provide psychological first aid. That does not include ongoing treatment. Several of my colleagues and I do see clients after the disaster for ongoing treatment but that service is specifically tailored to the needs of the individual. For play therapists, there may be certain toys or other objects that are used to assist the client but we would not necessarily have them with us in the field. We might bring along puppets, art supplies, or other games to help assist the clients. It depends on where we are going. Sometimes all that’s needed is a ball, playing cards, or whatever is common in play activities in that country.

You might want to take a look at the following web pages: Association for Play Therapy, American Art Therapy Association, The American Psychological Association, and the National Center for PTSD.

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