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Big Behaviors in small containers: 50 Trauma-informed Play Therapy Interventions for Disorders of Dysregulation

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Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S™
6 Hours 21 Minutes
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Dec 09, 2022
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Do parents come to you labelling their children as Manipulative, Out-of-Control, Disobedient, or Shut Down?

Believe it or not, you don’t need superhero powers to see the vulnerable, dysregulated child within.

This workshop will offer practical, fun, and immediately useful play therapy interventions for engaging the family in treatment planning and goal setting, augmenting adaptive coping, enhancing the healthy attachment between parent and child, help shift paradigms around problematic child behaviours and powerfully explain the stress response system.

Interventions for helping clients practice anger management, expand their emotional literacy, practice pro-social skills with family and friends, address their problematic thought life, and increase coherence in their narratives around hard things that have happened.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S™, certified EMDR therapist, is the creator of TraumaPlay®, a flexibly sequential play therapy model for treating trauma and attachment disturbances in family systems. She is the founder of the TraumaPlay® Institute, the Clinical Director of Nurture House, an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. Paris has an international reputation as a dynamic and compassionate speaker. She is a sought-after supervisor, a master clinician, and a prolific author. As a thought leader in the fields of child trauma and play therapy, she has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education, given a Ted Talk on Trauma and Play Therapy and served as the Executive Director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center. She is on the board of TNAPT and is the author of multiple chapters and articles including Play Therapy with Traumatized Children and Parents as Partners in Child Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide. Her twelfth book, Big Behaviors in Small Containers, is hot off the press! Paris finds great joy in training clinicians all over the world in helping children and their families speak the unspeakable.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with TraumaPlay Institute, Vanderbilt University, and Nurture House. She receives royalties as a published author and compensation as a consultant. Paris Goodyear-Brown receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the National Association of Social Workers.


  1. Demonstrate four play therapy areas of developmental derailment that can lead to dysregulation.
  2. Apply five play therapy interventions for enhancing the quality of attachment in parent/child dyads to your current caseload.
  3. Identify three play therapy metaphors to enhance psychoeducation related to our stress response systems to clients.
  4. Employ five play therapy interventions for identifying and shifting cognitive distortions.
  5. Utilize five play therapy-based clinical strategies for working with impulse control and anger management.
  6. Utilize five play therapy interventions for increasing self-regulation.


Case Examples will be woven throughout the presentation

Developmental Areas of Dysregulation in Children and Adolescents

  • Physiological/Somatic
  • Emotional
  • Cognitive
  • Relational/Attachment Ruptures
  • Introduction to key components of TraumaPlay®
  • Cultural Biases, Risks, and Limitations

Bottom-Up Brain Developmental and the power of Cross-Hemispheric Work

  • Regulation
  • Connection
  • Learning
  • Left Hemisphere Linguistics/Right Hemisphere Ways of Knowing
  • Roles of the TraumaPlay® therapist

The Role of Parents as Partners in CoRegulation

  • Reflecting on Attachment Styles/Creating Paradigm Shifts
  • Sharing the SOOTHE Strategies

Enhancing Safety and Augmenting Adaptive Coping

  • The Coping Tree
  • Cope Cakes
  • Coping Menu
  • Crowning Community
  • Safe Place Sandtray

Enhancing Attachment

  • Aeroplane Love Notes
  • Love Links
  • Stick Together Bookmarks
  • Love Connectors
  • Comfort Creatures
  • Rupture and Repair
  • Superhero Dyads

Understanding Our Stress Response System

  • WOT R You Doing?
  • Who is Amy G. Dala?
  • What is Amy G. Saying Now?/Soothing Amy G.
  • Head of a Pin
  • The PolyVagal Zoo
  • Sleuth the Sloth
  • Farmers and the Fainting Goat

Enhancing Self-Regulation

  • Hum Bugs
  • Still-the-Struggle Socks
  • Zip-but Don’t Flip
  • A Mindful Meal
  • Finessing the Feel
  • Yoga Tunes

Impulse Control and Anger Management

  • Troubling Task Timer
  • Count the Cost
  • Anger Buttons/Who Is Pressing Your Buttons
  • Under the Eruption
  • Alibaba and His Bucking Camel
  • Are You Ready for the Boom

Emotional Literacy

  • Colour Your Heart
  • Mood Manicure
  • Feelings Soup
  • Sands of Time

Addressing Cognitive Distortions

  • Inner Critic/Inner Kindness
  • Lose the Bruise
  • Pick It Up or Lay It Down
  • The Recycler and the Shredder
  • Rigid Rob/Flexible Fred
  • The Mistake Snake

Storykeeping: Holding Hard Stories and Building Coherent Narratives

  • Puzzles with Parents
  • Excavating Hard Things
  • Secret Book Safes
  • Sand in My Eyes/Google Eye Hop
  • Walk It Through

Making a Meaningful Goodbye

  • Graduation Caps
  • Treatment Takeaways
  • Family Flowerpot
  • Parent Prizes/Love Letters for Later


Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children


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