I'm sure for many of you, play-doh is a staple in your school counseling office. It is so useful in small groups and individual counseling. I have found that kids open up so much when they have something to play with (whether its legos, play-doh, or a drawing). Many of us have heard of Play Therapy of course, but not as common is Clay Therapy. Paul White is a child therapist who offers seminars and keynote speeches on the topic. Although I've never attended one, I have perused his website, Paul White's Clay Therapy, and learned some things from a fellow school counselor on how to use Play-Doh as a tool in individual counseling. It's a great hands-activity that takes away the anxiety of a first visit with the school counselor, and also gives the child something to take home! Paul White can teach you to make just about anything out of play-doh by simply using snakes, balls, and other simple things we all know how to create already! He has a whole gallery of "critters" such as a snail (I use this to teach self-control...slowing down), airplanes (be the pilot of your brain!), and roses (self-esteem, inner beauty?). Even if you don't get to attend one of his seminars, you can still use your creativity with Play-Doh in counseling. Below you can see some snails I made with a student that i've left in my office to dry:
How do you use Play-Doh in counseling settings?