How is ‘Being Mean’ Played Out in Play Therapy


1 CE (Non-Contact)

Presenter: Allan Gonsher, LSCSW, RPT/S

Children will sometimes act “mean” in the playroom. Is “mean” defined as oppositional, destructive, passive, distant, rude, etc. etc.? This webinar will explore the etiology of “mean” in children’s play, analyze how to confront/address it, and suggest play therapy methods to help the child understand and change his/her behavior. Issues of transference/counter-transference will be discussed.



Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify children’s mean behavior.
  • Participants will be able to address issues of transference/counter-transference as it is related to a child’s mean behavior in play therapy.
  • Participants will learn several play therapy techniques to assist in changing mean behavior.