EPT10-Session-6 – The Testing-for-Protection & Dependency Stage

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Fantasy play in EPT is the child’s form of defense against the powerful reality of their world that they cannot control.

The important conclusion of the Exploratory and Test-for- Protection Stages of EPT is:

If a child states that he is going to take a toy home in the first ten minutes of a session, the therapist:

In EPT, parents are encouraged to:

The reason children “Test-for- Protection” is because they need limits set on them to show who has the power in the playroom.

Level I of the honoring process includes:

When a child enters the playroom and goes immediately into “trauma play,” this indicates:

The more control the therapist takes in the initial stages of therapy, the more control the therapist will have for setting limits when more intense play requires it.

A child in the Exploratory Stage of EPT will not touch toys and states, “You won’t yell at me like Dr. Fakewell did? Your best response would be:

Once the child has Tested-for- Protection, she will never test again in the Dependency Stage.

The level II of the honoring process is:

In the EPT model, traumatized children tend to get worse before they show sustained improvement because confronting the trauma dynamics creates intense memories that need to be discharged.

The component that contributes to making EPT effective is:

The first part of the Dependency Stage is referred to as the “Drama of the Trauma” phase of the child’s expressions.

The child is the director of the play process and determines the pacing of their expressions.

A child begins developing a continuous theme in their play in the:

In the Exploratory Stage, a boy builds a mountain in the damp sand and places a small baby bottle in the top of the mountain with the nipple rising out the top. The boy drives a car around the mountain and the car tries to drive up the mountain but rolls down the mountain and can’t get to the top. The child starts hitting the mountain with the car and ramming the car at the base of the mountain. In this stage of therapy, the preferred response by the therapist would be:

“Inappropriate behavior,” on the part of the child is basically an expression of need deficit that is causing internal struggles in the child’s functioning and is therefore a “cry for an appropriate response,” on the part of the caregiver(s).

In fantasy play in EPT, play is a message about a message.

When the therapist enters a child’s world, it’s because: