Childhood Disruptive Behavior Disorders are on the rise! Tantrums, anger, defiance, threatening behaviour…
How can we as therapists more effectively decrease acting-out behaviours and help repair, rebuild and create strong parent-child relationships?
Watch me, Clair Mellenthin, expert in child and family trauma and attachment, as we dive into the impact of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder on children, teens, and their families. You’ll learn effective, powerful, evidence-based play therapy interventions including guided imagery, mindfulness, expressive arts, and sandtray play – all of which include parent-child relationship enhancement activities.
This workshop will show you how:
the impact of attachment plays a role in the etiology in childhood disruptive behaviour disorders
to utilize attachment-centred play therapy techniques to treat these diagnoses in children
to strengthen parent-child relationships
to improve overall self-esteem and confidence – giving the child tools to control their challenging symptoms and help heal the family system.
Purchase today to explore the power of play therapy – and incorporate these strategies into your mental health practices with young clients and their families!
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S, is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and is the past president of the Utah Association for Play Therapy. Throughout her career, she has focused on providing therapy to children, teens, and their families. Clair is the director of Child and Adolescent Services at Wasatch Family Therapy. She is a sought-after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. Clair is the author of Play Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders (PESI, 2018) and My Many Colors of Me Workbook. (Self-Published, 2013). In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, she frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings and appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues.
Financial: Clair Mellenthin is the clinical director at Wasatch Family Therapy. She is the author of My Many Colors of Me Workbook; she maintains intellectual property rights and receives royalties. Ms. Mellenthin receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Clair Mellenthin is the president of the Utah Association for Play Therapy.
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Assess emotional and behavioural symptoms through play therapy techniques to better inform treatment outcomes.
Determine the ethical implications and clinical limitations of using play therapy in clinical practice.
Incorporate attachment-based play activities into your practice to improve client engagement in treatment.
Determine the neurobiological implications of using play therapy among clients with various diagnoses.
Develop a plan for introducing play therapy into clinical practice for treatment resistant and challenging children and families.
Characterize how play therapy can reframe trauma experiences, increase self-regulation and connect to a mind-body awareness.
Conceptualize attachment patterns that impact parent-child relationships to further advance your clinical practice.
Implement play therapy interventions to foster engagement with parents in family play therapy in order to repair, and enhance the parent-child relationship.
Apply mindfulness skills and practice in play therapy treatment to promote self-soothing and affect regulation.
Articulate the psychological impact and long-term effects of emotional trauma on a client’s mental health.
Develop treatment strategies to teach attachment-focused parenting techniques.
Practice expressive arts, sandtray, and child-centred play therapy interventions to enhance engagement with child clients.
Why Play Therapy Works
Therapeutic power of play
Fosters emotional wellness
Enhances social relationships
Increases personal strengths
Assessment and Diagnosis
Common myths of behaviour disorders
Systemic assessment of emotional and behavioural distress
School, home, and community relationships
Impact of inconsistent and harsh parenting/relationships practices