Becky Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor (USA), Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S, University Professor

'Creative and Play-Based Approaches Using Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Adolescents'

Workshop 6 - 14.00-15.30 / Friday June 15th 2018 / Jabob Pronk Hall 




Solution-Focused Therapy relies primarily on verbal communication; however, more expressive, play-based approaches may provide alternatives for those who have histories of trauma, are developmentally younger, have cognitive and physical handicaps, or whose talents and proclivities lend themselves to more tangible and expressive modes of communication. The presenter will provide examples of how alternatives to verbal approaches can be applied to SF Therapy at each stage of the process to identify strengths, enhance resiliencies, and find solutions. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that can be used to gain a better understanding of their clients’ strengths and resources, develop goals, find exceptions, scale, utilize relationships, and address ways to help clients practice their solutions before leaving therapy. Handouts will be provided.


Learning Objectives

  • Gain new ideas of how to apply SF therapy using expressive and play-based approaches that are developmentally appropriate for children and adolescents, for those whose traumatic histories inhibit more verbal approaches, and for those who have cognitive 

    and physical handicaps that require multimodal techniques in communication.

  • Practice applying SF therapy using creative and play-based techniques to enhance the therapeutic process.


About Presenter

Elizabeth R. Taylor, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She taught in special education for 11 years working with emotionally disturbed, visually impaired, and children with learning differences. She is a marriage and family therapist, a licensed professional counsellor, a play therapist, and a certified school counsellor. Her research interests include resiliency, play therapy approaches that incorporate SF therapy, and the area of possible selves.