In this workshop play therapists will learn how maternal mental health, specifically Postpartum Depression/Anxiety, affects attachment processes and the social - emotional development of the child. Attendees will learn to incorporate specific play therapy techniques to utilize in the treatment of the family as a whole.
Assess for, and recognize the symptoms of, the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, including an understanding of the difference between the baby blues and postpartum depression in your play therapy practice.
Utilize Filial Therapy to strengthen the mother/child attachment, as well as reduce the negative impact of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders on the family.
Utilize new tools and play therapy interventions when working with families that have been impacted by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
Describe how maternal mental health impacts the attachment and development of the infant and family as a whole, as well as long lasting effects into childhood.