Preadolescence is a difficult developmental stage that can negatively affect the parent-child relationship. This interactive workshop provides play therapists who are knowledgeable about Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) with developmentally responsive CPRT adaptations for working with parents of pre-adolescents.
Describe the developmental needs of pre-adolescents and the necessary adaptations to CPRT
Identify the problems that arise in the parent-child dyad during pre-adolescents in order to adapt CPRT to the unique needs of this population
Demonstrate specific adaptations, such as developmentally appropriate play-based activities that parents can do at home as a substitute for the weekly play therapy sessions
Describe the importance of relationship-based play therapy interventions during this developmental stage
The effect of early trauma, brain development and long term physical and mental health outcomes will be addressed. The implications for interventions in the medical, mental health system, and play therapy setting will be explored.
Summarize the current research on the effects of adverse childhood events on chronic physical illness and mental health in adulthood
Discuss the direct relationship of child trauma to the current mental health issues in children
Identify the impact of trauma on brain development when choosing treatment interventions
Describe the impact of play therapy interventions on distinct areas of brain and nervous system functioning
Compare ways to implement play therapy to assess and treat child victims displaying symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD
In this workshop participants will be introduced to the identification of sensory integration dysfunction and disorders of self regulation in children. Participants will also be exposed to play therapy materials and interventions to utilize in play therapy with children.
List symptoms of sensory integration dysfunction and disorders of self regulation in children
Conceptualize those symptoms of sensory integration dysfunction into sensory profiles and disorders of self regulation in order to design play therapy interventions that are sensitive each client's unique needs
Utilize at least six different play therapy intervention techniques, tools, and intervention strategies designed to promote self regulation in their clients
Play Therapy Primary Areas:
Kim Vander Dussen, PsyD, RPT-S, Professor of Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
This experiential workshop shows when play therapy is useful as an adjunct to typical adult talk therapy. When adults get stuck, play therapy can get them moving again. Interventions will be demonstrated for individuals, couples and families.
Identify signs that their adult clients may be "stuck" in therapy
Describe a theoretical basis for couples counseling that is familiar with, and dovetails with, an underlying "given" in play therapy
Discuss the benefits of play therapy as adults
Select play therapy techniques to introduce to their adult clients
Describe play therapy techniques for adults with a variety of presenting problems
No matter the play therapy modality, if there is a beginning there's an ending. This workshop focuses on preparing for and bringing closure to the play therapy relationship so clinician and client are ready, willing, and able to say goodbye.
Describe 3 different types of endings (terminations)
Explain how to mindfully plan for successful closure with play therapy clients
List techniques in order to bring closure to the play therapy relationship
Identify the factors to consider when bringing the play therapy relationship to a close
The new DSM V is a monumental undertaking, affecting play therapists in clinical practice. The workshop will review changes in DSM V including: classification systems, organization of trauma disorders, diagnosis and treatment planning with children.
Summarize the new DSM V organizational structure 2
Understand the new diagnostic system for children and adolescents
Understand the proposed trauma disorders 4
Examine the expanded approach to self-injurious behavior
Through the lens of attachment theory, participants will learn how to help modern family systems that have been traumatized through divorce, abuse, trauma and neglect using new and creative family play therapy techniques.
Describe how attachment theory applies to play therapy and to view family systems through the lens of attachment
Conceptualize attachment patterns that impact modern parent-child relationships
Demonstrate skills in becoming more competent and confident in engaging parents in family play therapy
Identify effective evidence-based play therapy techniques that can be used immediately with their client populations
There is more than one way to "do" play therapy - so come and explore different perspectives, strategies and processes while using the same prop! This workshop will help clinicians identify their theoretical approach and find their therapeutic voice.
Describe several creative play therapy strategies to use with clients
Describe how a play therapist applies theory in "real life" situations with clients
Cite specific play therapy theories and their main premises
Discuss which theory fits their current practice
Identify the benefit of knowing several theoretical models
This presentation will review how change in play therapy can be observed using single moments within the process of sessions. Common elements that have been qualitatively identified will be described, applications to research, and an understanding change will be presented.
Discuss the concept of pivotal moments of change
Describe common elements that make up such moments
Identify how such moments can lead to change in future play therapy sessions
Discuss how identified single moments can facilitate documenting change in play therapy
This workshop will provide play therapists with an understanding of neurobiology and psychopharmacology in children and adolescents. It will also provide ways to utilize play therapy to meet the unique needs of medicated children and adolescents in play therapy.
Describe basic neurobiology, neurotransmitters, and brain functioning
Identify different medications and their mechanisms of action
Explain the interaction of neurobiology, medications, and play therapy
Describe how beneficial effects of medications may facilitate play therapy
Describe play therapy techniques to compensate for the side effects of medications
Design an individualized play therapy plan for each medicated child or adolescent