Webinar: Expressive Play Therapy for Healing Complex Trauma

Overview

Date: May 14-16, 2021
Cost: CAD$585.00 + GST
CEU Credits: 18
Recommended Prerequisite: Expressive Play Therapy, A Holistic and Integrative Approach or equivalent

This three-day webinar is for practitioners who use play therapy with children who have experienced multiple traumatic events within the context of pervasive and severe maltreatment, including different forms of abuse (emotional, physical, sexual), neglect and witnessing domestic violence.

We will focus on using expressive play therapy methods to help such children deal with the emotional, cognitive and behavioral issues that bring them to therapy. In the process, we will explore the many ways of helping them find strength, begin to heal their wounds, and live more healthily in a reality that often cannot be changed.

Content:

Participants will:

  • Examine the theoretical principles of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy as related to the subject of complex trauma:
    • The crucial role of attachment and the effects of lack of, loss of and distortions of attachment caused by pervasive maltreatment.
    • The effects of various forms of abuse and neglect on the child’s development.
  • Examine the theoretical principles underlying the use of expressive therapies with children who have suffered from interpersonal trauma.
  • Develop a compassionate understanding and approach to address the therapeutic needs specific to abused and neglected children during a play therapy session.
  • Discuss providing a reparative experience that addresses the child’s most basic needs, taking into account his/her emotional, cognitive, and behavioural stage of development.
  • Learn to use imagery and a variety of expressive play therapy methods to help maltreated children internalize a sense of safety and develop positive memories to draw upon when needed.
  • Explore expressive play therapy methods to help children safely deal with painful issues related to different forms of abuse illustrated by case examples.
  • View and discuss recorded sessions illustrating how a child who suffered from complex trauma used a play session to deal with such issues.

Each afternoon, participants will practice and further explore the use of expressive play therapy with maltreated children through experiential exercises and discussion of case concerns.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical principles of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy.
  2. Describe the crucial role of attachment and the different forms of attachment impairment caused by pervasive maltreatment.
  3. Identify the effects of various forms of abuse and neglect on the child’s development.
  4. Design a structured Play Therapy session – beginning, middle, and end – to ensure closure that allows a child to re-enter their environment securely.
  5. Demonstrate a compassionate understanding and explain the therapeutic needs specific to abused and neglected children.
  6. List the major components of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy as related to the subject of healing complex trauma.
  7. Select appropriate reparative experiences during play therapy sessions that address the child’s most basic needs, tailored to emotional, cognitive, and behavioural stages of development.
  8. Utilize imagery and a variety of expressive play therapy methods to help maltreated children safely deal with painful issues and internalize a sense of safety.
  9. Describe the stages of the therapy process and patterns of imagery that indicate healing is taking place.

Fee includes certificate of attendance for purposes of continuing education programs.

For participants wishing to count credits toward certification with CAPT, a successful student evaluation by Marie Jose in the form of an essay will be required. There will be an additional charge of $50 for this service.

*Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for CONTACT CE Hours. For those seeking Play Therapy registration or certification, this course equals 3 hours of theory / approach, 3 hours of techniques, and 12 hours of special populations.

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The Centre for Expressive Therapy is accredited by the Canadian Association for Play Therapy (Provider #09-102) and the Association for Play Therapy (Provider #95-010).

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