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 looking at the manner in which trauma, abuse, and neglect impact the bonds of attachment within the family system and how the power of attachment-based play therapy can help to heal these wounds.
Participants will learn new and innovative play therapy techniques and leave with a creative toolbox of tips, techniques, and a clear understanding of how attachment styles impact relationships. Learn more!
At Weber State University many therapists and graduate students had the opportunity to learn “The ABC’s of Play Therapy” from Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S. In this workshop, Ms. Mellenthin graciously shared information she has gained from her years of experience as a successful therapist and professor. Those in attendance were able to learn more about play therapy theory and learn play therapy techniques to enhance their therapeutic work with children and families. Ms. Mellenthin described how play therapy could help a child gain insight and resolve psychosocial difficulties. She explained how play is a natural form of expression for a child and how the toys in the playroom become the language in which a child can safely communicate their thoughts and feelings to the therapist. She reviewed child development and how this relates to the therapeutic process. Click here to read more!
Play Therapy is a powerful tool when treating children and teens who have experienced trauma. Play therapy offers the child a safe space where they can feel in control, learn how to identify and manage distressing symptoms of their trauma, and give language to what they are feeling within their body and mind. In this workshop, we will explore how trauma impacts the brain, the resulting impact on the parent-child relationship, as well as treat and resolve trauma symptoms utilizing play therapy techniques.
- Impact of trauma on brain development and behavior
- 4 key concepts of attachment theory
- The powerful relationship between trauma and attachment in parent and child
- Innovative and creative play therapy to use immediately in your practice
- 15+ new play therapy techniques to heal families and children who experience trauma and attachment
By giving children opportunities to work in a permissive setting, you will observe and document how children utilize gradual exposure, gain an understanding of traumatic experiences, discharge affect, and begin to manage experiences that can feel overwhelming or frightening. This trauma-anchored model shows you how to integrate prescriptive strategies as needed with child-centered play therapy. It deepens metaphor work by amplifying the child’s ability to explore the material they externalize, and provides the child with a safe, predictable environment for processing interpersonal trauma. You will learn theory and techniques that values children’s pacing, respects defensive strategies, and seeks to help children build alternative skills to cope with difficult thoughts, emotions or behaviors.
In this innovative day-long workshop, you will walk away with creative play therapy tools to use immediately in your practice and the confidence to treat the most challenging of cases.