Webinar: Expressive Play Therapy for the Grieving Child

Overview

Date: November 12-14, 2021
Cost: CAD$585.00 + GST
CEU Credits: 18
Recommended Prerequisite: Expressive Play Therapy, A Holistic and Integrative Approach or equivalent

This 3-day seminar is for practitioners who use play therapy with grieving children. The focus will be on using expressive play therapy methods with children who have suffered the loss of a primary caregiver or family member, whether it be a temporary or recurring loss such as separation, divorce, hospitalization, incarceration or a permanent loss due to death, adoption, foster care, immigration.

Content:

In this seminar, participants will:

  • Explore the theoretical principles of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy as related to the subject of children suffering from grief and loss.
    • Participants will consider the crucial role of attachment, the effects of the loss of a primary attachment on the child’s emotional well-being and the impact of unresolved grief on the ability to form satisfying relationships.
    • Participants will examine a theoretical framework of grief and the stages of the grieving process.
  • Discuss extra considerations that need to be addressed in the intake prior to starting the play therapy process, particularly in the case of children who have experienced complicated traumatic losses.
  • Learn the needs of grieving children at each stage of their healing process and examine, through a slide presentation, the corresponding expressive play therapy methods that will be used to help such children deal with their issues.
  • Witness a practical application of these principles through a slide presentation, which demonstrates the recurring images in the art, sand play, and play of grieving children through the various stages of the play therapy process.

In the afternoons, participants will experience and explore the image making process through the use of expressive play therapy media (such as art, sand play therapy , sewing, singing, storytelling) to address issues related to loss.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the crucial role of attachment through the lens of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy.
  2. Describe the effects of loss and the impact of unresolved grief on a child’s ability to form satisfying relationships.
  3. Identify the stages of grief and describe the journey through the grieving process.
  4. Prepare an intake process that considers unique factors in the case of children who have experienced complicated traumatic loss.
  5. Design an appropriate plan to assist parents / guardians to care for grieving children in their home environment.
  6. Identify the specific needs of children, according to their developmental stages, as they progress through each stage of the grieving process.
  7. Describe the appropriate Expressive Play Therapy methods and interventions used to address childrens’ needs at each stage of the grieving process.
  8. Identify recurring images in the art, sand play, and play of grieving children through the various stages of the play therapy process.
  9. List and compare various image making processes – art, sand play therapy, sewing, singing, and storytelling – as vital components of Expressive Play Therapy practice with grieving children.

Fee includes certificate of attendance for the purpose 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.

* For those seeking Play Therapy registration or certification – this course will go towards 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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