The brain is a complex system of structures and neural connections that develops in a bottoms-up fashion; yet, is designed to regulate from a top-down mechanism. Understanding brain structures, neural connections, and neurotransmitters provides a basic foundation for understanding how change and growth occur as well as how incorporation of play therapy and creative activities support and bring about change and growth.
Differentiate the complexities of brain functioning in maltreated and non-maltreated children and adolescents.
Understand the interaction of neurobiology, maltreatment, and play therapy.
Match play therapy and expressive interventions to treatment goals.