Full Course Description
Attachment Centered Play Therapy: Repair Relational Trauma and Build Secure Attachment to Accelerate Family Treatment
- Evaluate how to introduce and maintain parent involvement in play therapy to promote a secure attachment.
- Demonstrate two attachment centered play therapy techniques to decrease aggression and defiance in children.
- Inspect generational attachment patterns and how these manifests in family-based play therapy.
- Analyze attachment theory as it applies to play therapy to provide integrated therapeutic treatment.
- Evaluate the four key concepts of attachment theory and how these concepts apply to attachment centered play therapy.
- Analyze various family systems through the lens of attachment theory to strengthen clinical assessment skills
Advancing Family Treatment with Play Therapy
Invite Parents to Play
- 4 key concepts of attachment
- Blending attachment theory with play therapy
- Attachment patterns across the lifespan and impact on parent/child relationship
- Risks and limitations
Attachment Centered Play Therapy Strategies
- Engagement strategies to strengthen parent/child relationship
- Roadblocks and triggers – parent/child/therapist
- Shame and vulnerability – shame shields
- Build rappaport and make room for parent in the playroom
- Sand tray, genograms, play-based treatment planning
- Establish boundaries and set expectations
- Encourage participation
- Treatment of relational trauma – Attachment, wounding and ruptures
- Parent/child relationship cycle
- Generational attachment patterns -
- Catch me if you can
- Butterfly fly away
- Two hands
- Empowerment collage
Case Studies of Abuse; Healing Attachment Wounds
Challenging Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
- Defiance, ODD, moodiness, anger, aggressiveness and school refusal
- Attachment injuries at root of undesirable behavior
- Prescriptive play therapy interventions
- Self-regulation, co-regulation
- calm down jars, guided imagery
Case Studies of Extreme Defiance and School Refusal
Strategies to Promote Positive Attachment-Based Parenting
Case Study of Proactive vs Reactive Parenting Copyright :
- Maximize parent involvement to rebuild trust, repair injuries
- Proactive vs reactive parenting
- Get parent buy in
Play Therapy for Young Children: Innovative Attachment-Based Interventions to Treat Behavioral and Sensory Challenges
- Demonstrate at least 3 ways play therapy assessments are useful for setting therapeutic goals and treatment planning for your clients.
- Design 4 ways play therapy techniques can be used to form healthy attachments, attunement, and regulation in the children you work with.
- Build confidence in understanding and treating behaviors of infants and young children through play therapy.
- Determine 3 ways sandtray play therapy can quiet a child’s nervous system when dealing with sensitive issues.
- Devise the skills that are needed to teach parents and caregivers how to play with their child and how to make it a part of their daily routine.
- Characterize how play therapy can reframe trauma experiences, increase self-regulation and connect to a mind/body awareness.
- Assess the importance and ethical issues of therapeutic touch when implementing play therapy.
Introduction: Ice breaker activity
Building Healthy Relationships: Attachment Theories
Infant & Child Development Theory
- Video on neuroscience of attachment and the brain
- Mary Ainsworth: 4 types of attachment styles
- Bolby Attachment Theory
- Video of Still Face experiment
- Group activity
- Maternal mental health
- Freud, Erikson, Piaget and Mahler
- Video: marshmallow test with children ages 3-5
- Evidence supporting benefit of play
- Therapeutic powers of play
- Group activity
Engaging Children in Play
- Getting started
- Therapeutic benefit
- Limitations & potential risks
- Assessment and treatment
- What is the need behind the behavior?
- What does the behavior tell us?
- What are the skills behind the behavior?
Creative Play Therapy Interventions for:
- Neurobiology of play
- Repair of developmental trauma
- Tools for self-regulation
- What is needed for a play therapy room: the basics
- From intake to termination
- An ongoing process
Play Therapy and Techniques
- Sensory Processing D/O
- Nightmare/Sleep Disorders
Developmental Play Therapy Ethical Issues of Therapeutic Touch
- Non-directive play
- Client-centered play therapy
- Art & music
- Dolls and dollhouse
- Case study and video
- Intro to Dr. Courtney’s FirstPlay® Kinesthethic Storytelling Infant Massage®
- FirstPlay® - Demonstration with baby dolls
- Becky Baily: Baby doll groups and “I love you rituals”
- Developmentally-appropriate songs and games
- Fun with Feathers
- Puppet play
- 6 Senses Safe Place
- Fun with Food
- Bubble Tennis
- Pooh/Inside-Out Feelings
- Favorite books and interventions
- Casey’s Greatness Wings
- Greatness Sticks®
- Sandtray Interventions
- Mindful Freeze Dance
- Wiggle out the sillies
- Sandtray play therapy
will be shared throughout the workshop when introducing interventions to participants, so you will get real life examples of the therapeutic value of my most beloved play therapy interventions I use with young children.
creative reflection exercise
Final Community Activity Copyright :
Play Therapy for Tweens and Teens: Strategies to Build Rapport, Invite Emotional Expression, and Navigate the Unique Challenges of this Developmental Stage
- Facilitate verbal and nonverbal expressions of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in teens and tweens through the use of four or more play therapy interventions.
- Develop play therapy strategies that build resilience and self-esteem.
- Discover how play therapy can increase engagement and build therapeutic rapport within this dynamic developmental stage via play-based assessments and icebreakers.
- Evaluate the balance between both structure & freedom and independence & dependence, and learn at least four play therapy strategies to maintain this flow.
- Build confidence in teaching caregivers how to play with their adolescents, and how to make these experiences part of their daily routines.
- Integrate play therapy and traditional therapies to support the constant shifts in this developmental stage.
ADVANCING ADOLESCENT TREATMENT WITH PLAY THERAPY
Why Play Therapy? What is It, and How is It Different with Teens and Tweens?
- Evidence supporting the benefits of play and creativity with this population
- Therapeutic powers of play
- Neurobiology of play & impact on trauma and attachment
- Avoid pitfalls when working with teens and tweens
- The frustration factor ~ use of cognitive skills and language
- Understand the difference between resistance, opposition and shut-down
- Play-based assessments and icebreakers to increase engagement
- Limitations & potential risks
From Client-Centered to CBT, a Myriad of Play Therapy Approaches as Applied to Adolescents
- Developmental Play Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
- Adlerian Play Therapy
- Client-centered Play Therapy
- Play therapy with families and groups
ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT ~ TASKS, THEORIES & CHALLENGES
Physical, Cognitive, Moral, and Psychosocial Development Changes and Milestones of Tweens and Teens
- Autonomy from parents & family
- Relationships, friendships & intimacy
- Identity development
- Moral reasoning & physical and intellectual growth
Influences of Culture, Heredity, Environment and Social Setting on Adolescents
- Social media, television and movies, music, electronics…oh my!
- This is the world we live in…how it effects treatment and growth
Striking a Balance
- Structure & freedom and independence & connection
- Verbal intellect & playfulness and creativity
- Strategies to teach caregivers how to play with their adolescents, and how to make these experiences part of their daily routines
PROVEN PLAY THERAPY TECHNIQUES
Enjoy the Silence ~ How to Use Silence to Increase Engagement and Therapeutic Rapport
- Try not to laugh
- Hide & seek & peek-a-boo
- What might this be? What can this do??
Walk this Way ~ Embodied Play Therapy and Movement Techniques to Increase Emotional and Behavioral Regulation
- The floor is lava...The floor is quick sand
- Mirror, mirror
- Trauma-informed yoga
What’s on Your Play List? ~ How to Use Music to Facilitate Therapeutic Discussion
- Catch the beat
- What are you listening to?
Enter Sandman ~ The Use of Sandtrays to Facilitate Verbal and Nonverbal Expressions of Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
- Safe Place
- Half & half
How to Use Drawing, Paint, Clay, Masks, and More! Copyright :