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FEATURE

Ask an Expert:

Dianne Noort
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Play therapy works best when a child is left to play uninterrupted,
with a therapist simply watching and letting the child express itself.

DIANNE NOORT, M.A., RCC, RPT
As adults, we build our knowledge and
learning on interpreting our experiences.
We often think about, or discuss our situations with other adults. Children have
limited experiences and limited language.
Play is the language of children. They
are very observant and imitate or re-enact
what they see and hear. They are not good
interpreters, however, of their experiences.
Play is a safe place for all children. It helps
children digest their experiences. They
can be their true selves, without being
self-conscious.
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I believe that play therapy provides the
opportunity to, as Martin Brokenleg put
it in a past BCSCA Conference lecture on
building resilience in children, "see your
kids when no one else can see them for
who they are." The beauty of children's play,
as Garry Landreth, from the Centre for Play
Therapy of the University of North Texas,
states is that "you cannot play in the past,
or the future; it exists right now." What I've
discovered is that children are so easily in
the present-what they show you in their
play is a slice of themselves right now. I

use the term "slice" purposefully. Children,
too, are multi-layered in their beings, as are
adults. Looking at their play can be a little
like looking at the rings of a tree that has
been cut down. Some years there has been
good healthy growth because the conditions for the tree were right and the ring is
wider and fleshier than the narrower and
denser ring from the year where conditions
were compromised.
Children are a very vulnerable segment
of our society. I have had an affinity for
working with children almost since I can
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Winter 2018

President’s Perspective
The Fine Print
Book Review
How the Use of Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray Facilitates Healing in Low-Verbal or Non-Verbal Children
BC School Counseling: Preserving One-on-One Support for Students
SuperConference Recap
Ask an Expert: Dianne Noort Talks about Play Therapy
Counsellor’s Corner
Index to Advertisers
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - intro
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - cover1
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - cover2
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - 3
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - President’s Perspective
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - 5
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - The Fine Print
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - Book Review
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - How the Use of Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray Facilitates Healing in Low-Verbal or Non-Verbal Children
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - 9
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - 10
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - 11
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - 12
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - BC School Counseling: Preserving One-on-One Support for Students
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - 14
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - SuperConference Recap
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - Ask an Expert: Dianne Noort Talks about Play Therapy
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - 17
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - Index to Advertisers
BC Counsellor - Winter 2018 - cover3
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