Through the use of puppets, for example, young children can more easily provide information about what they live and feel, so the psychologist can advance in therapy.
With new implements to carry out the care of their smallest patients, the Center for Psychological Care and Integral Health (CAPSI) of the University of La Serena, after the acquisition of games, stories and specialized puppets, which will be used by their interns and practitioners 2014.
For this, in the Games Room of the enclosure located in Coquimbo, an induction was made to the therapeutic games, dictated by the coordinator of the CAPSI, Fernanda Castillo, as part of the work developed in the Center in the area of skills training in skills clinics
Among its acquisitions, there are several puppets made especially for the work of CAPSI, with high quality materials and resistance, designed according to the characteristics requested by professionals. Some of them represent magical or traditional characters from children's literature, while others represent children whose faces denote different emotions.
The coordinator of the Center explains that these are valuable tools for working with younger children, from approximately 2 years. Its use joins the narrative techniques where, by telling the patients (with a beginning, development and end), it is possible to know more about what these children live and feel.
Using the characters, it is sometimes easier for children to tell what happens to them. For this, the treating professionals guide their patients, but always leaving them the complete initiative and freedom so that they can characterize the characters and tell the story for themselves.
Fernanda Castillo adds that the concept of "unconditional acceptance" is key in game therapy. That is, children are allowed to express themselves freely, to explore the elements of their environment, without criticism or sanctions, because "with everything they do, they will be giving information about themselves. To the extent that they express themselves through play or words, the work of the psychologist in therapy may advance. "
Since the game is a natural expression of children, this is then an important means of communication as a tool of therapy, which joins the projective base present in the elements we use raised by psychoanalysis.