PLAY & ART
How does Play and Expressive Art Work for Human-being?
Inner or expressive activities using PLAY and ART is a well established discipline for individuals with life challenges emotionally or behaviorally, based upon a number of psychological theories as it operates on impulses from outside our awareness. It is human adaptation for life, and correlate with life’s flexibility of action and learning. Various kinds of play (such as movement, structure, drawing, activating strategies, and others) could be primary supporting ways of behavioral, cognitive, social, emotional, physical development for every individual whether he/she has mental challenges or not.
PTKR (Play Therapy KOREA) has, through the work carried out by Play Therapy International (PTI), pioneered the development and use of a competency framework, as the foundation of a Profession Structure Model, to improve the understanding of exactly what a practitioner of therapeutic play and expressive art do. Especially, we PTKR emphasize on our philosophy of two beliefs in practicing our therapeutic services. One is that every human is an integrated and holistic ‘Being’ who has the nature of evolution and infinite capacity. The other is that every human has a precious kernel or spirit of Unity as well as body, mind, and soul. Practically, based on our philosophy we adopt a mix of evidenced-based effective techniques with a list of competencies.
Research, both qualitative and quantitative, shows that it is highly effective in many cases for individuals with mental challenges. Especially for children, a safe-confidential-caring environment is created which allows them to play or express their inners using mediating materials as few limits as possible but as many as necessary, which allows healing to occur on many levels following our natural inner trend towards health. The therapist may reflect back to the child observations of what has happened during the session if this is felt to be appropriate.