With the increased awareness of traumatic effects experienced by children with chronic illness, we will consider how to better address mental health needs in pediatric health care through an empirically supported intervention: play therapy. In this poster Session, we will address the need for partnerships with the pediatric hospitals to expand the currently provided wrap-around services to include play therapy.
Attendees will learn about traumatic symptoms impacting children with chronic illness.
Attendees will learn about the barriers to receive mental health care services in the pediatric health care system.
Attendees will learn about how play therapy could be used and implemented with children impacted by chronic illness in pediatric hospital settings.
Attendees will gain knowledge regarding the current obstacles faced by children with chronic illness to receive mental health services. The first presenter has ten years of experience working in pediatric hospitals. This presenter along with the second presenter, who is a registered play therapist and instructor of play therapy, will highlight the goodness of fit of play therapy to meet these needs and speak to how play therapy can fit into an already established medical treatment model to provide complimentary mental health services to the already established services offered in pediatric hospitals.