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FILIAL THERAPY

The term "filial therapy" is derived from the Latin words for "son" or "daughter" and relates to the parent-child attachment. Filial Therapy is a psychoeducational program that uses play to enhance family connections. To strengthen parent-child connections, it combines family therapy and play therapy. Parents are trained to guide and participate in non-directive special play times with their children.

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BENEFITS OF FILIAL THERAPY

HELP CHILDREN TO EXPRESS AND UNDERSTAND THEIR OWN FEELINGS

HELP CHILDREN TO INCREASE TRUST AND ATTACHMENT TO THEIR PARENTS/CARERS

HELP REDUCE PROBLEMATIC BEHAVIOURS IN CHILDREN

HELP CHILDREN TO WORK THROUGH CONFLICT

INCREASE CHILD CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM

HELP PARENTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THEIR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT, FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS

HELP PARENTS TO LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY ON CHILD OUTCOMES

HELP PARENTS TO COMMUNICATE BETTER WITH THEIR CHILD

HELP INCREASE PARENT CONFIDENCE AND LEARN ADDITIONAL CHILDREARING SKILLS

STRENGTHEN PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THE FAMILY

HELP FAMILIES TO HAVE MORE FUN TOGETHER

IMPROVE FAMILY COMMUNICATION AND COPING STRATAGIES

WHAT TO EXPECT

Filial Therapy can be a big commitment for your family but the reward is ever lasting

Structure of Filial Therapy

  • Pre-screening call/ discussion of referral

  •  Intake with Parents

  • Assessments with Parents

  • Assessments with Children

  • Whole Family Play Observation

  • Therapist and Child Demonstration Sessions for Parents to Observe 

  • Parental Training Sessions x4

  • Parent and Child Supervised Sessions (Amount determined by goals and needs of each individual family)

  • Discharge Plan/ Implementing Filial Sessions at Home

  • Final Family assessments and Observations

Pernod, N. (2007). VanFleet, Rise. (Second Edition 2005). Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships Through Play. Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology, 3, 235+. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/A220640566/AONE?u=anon~8595f9c7&sid=googleScholar&xid=f42382a2

VanFleet, R. 1953-author. (2022). A parent’s handbook of filial therapy : building strong families with play (3rd edition.). Play Therapy Press.

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