This workshop guides Play Thearpists in an advanced exploration of brain development, neurobiology, and psychopharmacolgy as they interact with maltreated children and adolescents. Play therapists will learn targeted ways to improve the negative impact of medication on emotions and cognitions.
Describe brain development and functioning as they relate to affect and behavior.
Differentiate the complexities of brain functioning in non-maltreated and maltreated children and adolescents.
Identify different medications and their mechanisms of action.
Articulate the interaction of neurobiology, maltreatment, and medication in the developing brain.
Discern how medication side effects impair Play Therapy process and be able to utilize Play Therapy to compensate for medication side effects.
Develop an individualized Play Therapy plan for medicated, dysregulated children and adolescents.