Monday, June 17, 2019
Healing from the Effects of Interpersonal Trauma
Dr. Sue Bratton
The child’s complex and sometimes difficult journey toward healing will be explored in the context of an integrative humanistic play therapy/family play therapy approach. Allowing children with a history of interpersonal trauma and attachment disruptions to access and integrate their experiences in safe and manageable ways is essential to the healing process particularly for children who have experienced pre-verbal traumas stored as implicit memory. Case example and video vignettes will be used to examine attachment dynamics and the complexity of trauma play in terms of its personal meaning for the child and how that informs the critical work within the child’s system. Strategies and examples of when and how to effectively involve caregivers will be presented. Neurobiological and developmental aspects of interpersonal trauma will be discussed in support of an integrated humanistic approach to treating children who have experienced early interpersonal/relationship traumas.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Attachment Centered Play Therapy
Through the lens of attachment theory, participants will gain a new understanding of how children and families interact and bond to one another in healthy vs maladaptive ways. We will be exploring how trauma, abuse, and neglect impact the bonds of attachment within the family system and how the power of Attachment Centered Play Therapy can help to heal these wounds. Participants will spend the day learning new and innovative play therapy techniques including hands on experiential activities, sand tray interventions, and expressive arts. You will leave with a creative toolbox of tips, techniques, and a clear understanding of how attachment styles impact relationships.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Attachment Centered Play Therapy with High Conflict Families
Clinicians are often the “first responders” to families in crisis or when dealing with an unforeseen trauma taking place. As our knowledge about trauma and the impact this has on an individual, a family, and the community grows, so does our understanding as to how these different life experiences play out in the family home and relationships. High conflict families can be challenging to work with in play therapy, as parents and children tend to be highly reactive, yet also highly avoidant. It is easy to only want to see the child and avoid the parent – however, engagement with the parents is a must in order for lasting change and healing to happen.
Throughout this play therapy workshop, we will be exploring our clients through the lens of attachment theory, gaining a new understanding of how children and families interact and bond to one another in healthy vs maladaptive ways. We will be exploring how trauma, abuse, and neglect impact the bonds of attachment within the family system and how the power of Attachment Centered Play Therapy can help to heal these wounds in high conflict families. Issues such as shame, vulnerability, and attachment centered engagement strategies will be addressed. There will be plenty of time to explore difficult cases you are working with, ask questions, develop new assessment skills and explore your own personal style of attachment and how this plays out in your work with clients. You will leave with a toolbox of play therapy interventions to put into practice immediately!
Thursday, June 20, 2019
What Makes Play Therapy Work? Change Processes and the Therapeutic Powers of Play
Dr. Kevin O'Connor
In the time since Hermine Hug-Hellmuth developed the very first model of play therapy, theorists and practitioners have gone on to develop numerous additional theories and models, all in an effort to best describe how and why play therapy works. Somewhat surprisingly, each new theory has met with some success as there is at least some research to support the effectiveness of virtually every one. In spite of this successes, play therapists continue to strive to answer the question, "What treatment, by whom, is most effective for this individual with that specific problem under which set of circumstances." (Gaul, 1967). Current research suggests the answer to this question may not lie within any one theory but found in the change processes and factors common to all mental health interventions. These core change processes, including the therapeutic powers of play, are seen as one way of beginning to work across theories to develop effective play interventions targeted to the specific characteristics and needs of a given child. In this workshop, we will review some of the major change processes. We will then look at how these can be combined with the therapeutic powers of play to create a problem-driven, goal-oriented approach to play therapy. Lastly, we will focus on using this approach to design a wide array of case, and problem-specific, play-based interventions.
Friday, June 21, 2019
Expressive Arts and Play Therapy Strategies for Pre-Adolescents
Dr. Kara Carnes-Holt
Connecting with pre-adolescents often brings new challenges and excitement! Expressive arts and play therapy strategies can be a powerful modality in counseling to facilitate creativity, enhance self-awareness, and tap into one’s inner resources. This workshop will provide a history and rationale for the use of expressive arts and play therapy in counseling. Participants will join in experiential exercises to foster your own professional growth while also learning how to integrate the use of expressive arts and play therapy in your clinical practice with pre-adolescents. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to facilitate and process a variety of expressive arts activities.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Selling Play Therapy: Facilitating Adult Buy In to the Process
Dr. Brandy Schumann
You’ve read the books and know the research. You’ve got your degree. You’ve got your license. Heck, you’ve even got your play therapy credential. You know play therapy works. But, they don’t. Come learn to translate the powerful language of play to adults and increase your grownup’s interest, understanding, and commitment to play therapy services for the children in their lives. When we bring play therapy concepts into the adult world, parents, teachers, doctors, judges, grandparents… can’t help but love it too.
Due to the confidentiality and nature of topics presented, children (of any age) will not be permitted to any conference workshops.