Ellen O’Sullivan, PhD., CPRP
President, Leisure Lifestyle Consulting
This training gives adult facilitators the tools, beginner knowledge, and confidence to provide unstructured play experiences at their facility. This introductory training is designed to meet the needs of seasonal, part-time, and temporary workers at camps, playgrounds, and after-school programs. The program is also beneficial as a training tool for full-time staff that work with and lead those individuals. A certificate of completion will be given to all participants who complete the training. This training is typically priced at $59/person…but the 2017 Play Conference fee is just $25/person!
Specific topics covered during the training include:
- About Play – The Importance of Play
- Characteristics of Play
- Types of Play
- Examples of Play
- Play and its Relationship to Stages of Child Development
- Brief overview of child development characteristics
- Role of play related to those characteristics
- Examples of suitable games and activities
- Roles of Play Facilitator
- Setting the Stage
- Safety and security
- Support for play environment
- Overseeing Play
- Directing vs. Supporting Play
- Balance between both
- o Examples of situations where appropriate
- o Examples of facilitator’s behavior
This and two other pre-conference institutes are available ONLY to conference attendees as an add-on option. Cost to attend an institute is $25. Pre-registration is required.
Ellen O’Sullivan, Ph.D., CPRP
Ellen O’ Sullivan is a long time park and recreation professional who began her life’s work as a camp counselor and community recreation director and evolved to university professor and consultant. Ellen has long believed in the power and promise, that parks and recreation holds for individuals, communities, and society overall. Her contributions to the field include authorship of several books on marketing, major role in the benefits movement, ground-breaking applied research in health using the innovative magnet center approach as well as her role supporting and sustaining community agencies as they strategically alter course to create a viable future in the health, livability, and vitality of communities.