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.
Discover how play therapy will inspire and transform your work with children, teens, and families.
Earn up to 18.75 CE Hours included in the course tuition.
When young kids and teenagers come in for therapy, it often takes a creative and playful approach to engage them in the process and help them overcome their challenges.
If you're looking for the best resources and creative interventions available...
This exclusive online training is it! This is your chance to join expert play therapy trainers and discover their favorite play therapy techniques that will help kids from early childhood to teenagers...
- develop empathetic connections
- process their emotions
- learn self-control
- build resilience
- strengthen attachments
- and increase social skills
…all while discovering themselves in a non-directive safe way.
Plus, you’ll gain valuable insights into how and why the techniques work...
Helping you make the best clinical decisions possible on which interventions to use and when they'll be the most successful.
You’ll leave this course with a new toolbox loaded with creative and effective play-based interventions while earning up to 18.75 CE hours, all counting towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the Association for Play Therapy. Learn more about becoming an RPT here!
Bonus! You'll also get a digital copy of our new Play Therapy book for FREE – valued at $29.99.
This book includes the most effective play therapy activities for working with children with depression, anxiety, trauma, behavior issues, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Attachment Centered Play Therapy: Repair Relational Trauma and Build Secure Attachment to Accelerate Family Treatment
6 Hours 16 Minutes Audio and Video Format
When trauma, grief, and loss disrupts the family system, a child may feel unprotected, unloved, or disbelieved, causing relational injury and at times rupture the attachment bond. Children, not having the words to express how they feel, display the hurt in maladaptive ways -- aggression, rage, defiance, oppositional behaviors, shutting down, hiding away, or numbing. For the parent, shame is a factor. Shame that they can’t “parent away” the hurt and the misbehavior—that their love isn’t “good enough”.
How do we as therapists, help families begin repairing and rebuilding the lost connection/disruption?
Watch me in this interactive recording to discover an integrative therapeutic approach, Attachment Centered Play Therapy that includes the parents in the therapy process. The parent is integral in creating conditions of security and trustworthiness to address attachment wounds, trauma, grief and loss.
This developmentally appropriate, client-centered method brings a holistic, systemic approach to address:
- Vulnerability to acknowledge the hurt, and the roadblocks
- Challenging issues of shame, vulnerability, grief, and loss
- Aggression and defiance and other maladaptive behavioral issues
- Attachment centered and proactive strategies instead of reactivity or reactive responses
- Repairing and strengthening the bonds of attachment between parent and child
- Parents becoming a resource, as well as coregulator for their child
- Rapport building with parents (this is a MUST in child and family therapy)
You’ll learn new and innovative attachment-centered play therapy techniques including hands on experiential activities, guided imagery, sand tray interventions, and expressive arts—practicing sand tray therapy, techniques assessing family relationships, bonds of attachment, and family dynamics.
We will explore difficult cases, ask questions, develop new assessment skills, and explore styles of attachment and how this plays out in therapeutic relationships with our clients.