EPT10-Session-6 – The Testing-for-Protection & Dependency Stage Welcome to your EPT10-Session-6 - The Testing-for-Protection & Dependency Stage Name Business Email Phone Number Fantasy play in EPT is the child’s form of defense against the powerful reality of their world that they cannot control. True FalseThe important conclusion of the Exploratory and Test-for- Protection Stages of EPT is: The child knows that they cannot take the toys home with them. Sand is for playing in the sand box and must always be kept dry. A secure relationship between the child and the therapist is established. The sins of the child are forgiven by the therapist.If a child states that he is going to take a toy home in the first ten minutes of a session, the therapist: Should take the toy out of the playroom so that that thought will go away. Identify how meaningful the toy is for the child. Immediately tell the child that all toys remain in the playroom. Tell the parent that their child wants to steal toys from the playroom.In EPT, parents are encouraged to: Leave the therapy to the therapist since therapists know more than parents. Parents are part of the team with the therapist, the child, and the play therapy process. The parents should be in the playroom so that they can experience the pain and agony their child has endured to motivate their involvement. Parents are the best source of information on the child’s experiences.The reason children “Test-for- Protection” is because they need limits set on them to show who has the power in the playroom. True FalseLevel I of the honoring process includes: Telling the child all the rules of the playroom so she won’t test them. Allowing the child to explore the toys so that she gets use to touching the toys. The therapist is present with the child through giving means, understanding, and respect. Telling the child how much you like them, so that they will play better.When a child enters the playroom and goes immediately into “trauma play,” this indicates: Testing-for- Protection does not need to be established since trust is already there. Exploration Stage is not necessary since play is more important to this child. This child loves playing and is going to make immediate gains without the therapist’s involvement. This is a “cry-for- help,” because the issues are current and may be continuing to happen.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. True FalseA 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: That really scared you and it makes you wonder how safe you can feel with me. You’ve been in play therapy before? Dr. Fakewell should never have done that to you. If you want to get better, you have to do what the therapist says.Once the child has Tested-for- Protection, she will never test again in the Dependency Stage. True FalseThe level II of the honoring process is: Joining the play, being the victim, and crying in pain. Continuing to provide the child with a sense of security, safety, and protection. Having the parent in the playroom to make the child feel secure. Giving the child food to make him feel he will be nurtured during play expressions.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. True FalseThe component that contributes to making EPT effective is: Letting the child direct the play and then correcting the false assumptions of the child. EPT is made more effective by therapists talking their way into the child’s world. Sincerity with directive responses is the best way to influence the child’s attitudes that lead to change. Being present with the child in a relationship that gives meaning to the child’s experiences.The first part of the Dependency Stage is referred to as the “Drama of the Trauma” phase of the child’s expressions. True FalseThe child is the director of the play process and determines the pacing of their expressions. True FalseA child begins developing a continuous theme in their play in the: Termination Stage Exploratory Stage Therapeutic Growth Stage Dependency StageIn 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: Your mother is a difficult person to deal with when you want something. Some mountains are more difficult than others to get to the top of. The car wants to be closer to the mountain so that the mountain can hold it and feed it safely. You’re angry at the mountain because the mountain won’t share its goodness with you.“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). True FalseIn fantasy play in EPT, play is a message about a message. True FalseWhen the therapist enters a child’s world, it’s because: Play speaks a thousand words for a child. You can’t talk yourself into a child’s world. You have to experience into their world. A great person never ignores the complexity of a child’s expressions. 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