Although fear is part of every child's development, if excessive and persistent it can turn into a specific phobia towards a certain object/situation. With CBPT the child learns coping skills to deal with feared stimuli and manage the feelings associated with fear through the use of play.
QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE USE OF PLAY IN THE CLINICAL PRACTICE OF ITALIAN PSYCHOLOGISTS.
In this paper presented at the first CBT-Italy congress, November 4-5, 2022 a survey work is carried out aimed at understanding the frequency with which psychotherapists with a CBT orientation, use play in clinical practice; to know the characteristics with which play is used in the therapeutic setting; to know how many of them have received specific training and, if they know Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT).
The results of this survey showed that Play turns out to be an essential element in the clinical practice of Italian psychotherapists, especially those with a CBT orientation, as it can be used for all ages, at different stages of the therapeutic path and with different purposes. The survey underscores the great interest in the use of play.However, this survey also highlights the lack of knowledge about how play can be applied within developmental cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy.