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2019-2020 Dyadic Play Therapy Training Series

50+ RPT Hours
Theory, Skills & Practice Applications
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50+ CEs

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REGISTER $100/mo
FOR 12 MONTHS

Neurorelational Dyadic Play Therapy Training Series

The Neurorelational Dyadic Play Therapy Training Series is designed for mental health professionals at all skill levels and can be used toward completion of up to 50 hours of Play Therapy education required to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Now offered In Person and Online.

Feeling ready to expand your play therapy toolkit? This course offers cutting-edge, research based techniques to work with families using a play-based interaction model designed to strengthen parent-child attachment, increase the emotional regulation of children and their caregiving adults, and build in resilience against stress, anxiety and trauma experienced by families. You'll learn to improve the parent-child relationship in dyadic and family play therapy treatment to positively impact and accelerate emotional and behavioral outcomes for children.

Admission is now open, enroll before the first workshop date, Saturday September 21, to join a vibrant learning community of IPNB informed therapists. Start your registration today!

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** The course is offered in person to receive contact CE hours and students may attend via online webinar option or watch video workshops on demand for non-contact CE credit hours. Contact us with questions about receiving contact and non-contact hours for our course offerings.

Training Location

The Center for Connection
Play Strong Institute
1021 East Walnut Street #200
Pasadena, CA 91106

Online Option

Workshops also available via webinar upon request. Refer to guidelines from the Association for Play Therapy www.a4pt.org for their most up-to-date policies about online continuing education specific to Play Therapy.

Continuing Education

The Play Strong Institute and The Center for Connection will offer up to 50 contact and/or non-contact hours of Continuing Education (CE) per enrollment year for the Dyadic Play Therapy Training Series. See below workshop descriptions for exact CE credits per workshop and learning objectives. The following approvals are available:

  • Association for Play Therapy (APT approved provider 16-456)
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CA BBS)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)

Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider 16-456). Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S (Provider #137262) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S maintains responsibility for this program and its content. No credit can be offered for partial attendance of any workshop. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance onsite or online at the completion of the workshop.

Target Audience

Licensed and Pre-licensed Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Psychologists, Students, Interns, etc.

Instructional Level

Introductory to Intermediate.

Audience Pre-requisites

None.

Daily Schedule

Half Day (4.0 CE) Workshop Schedule
8:00amTheoretical Foundations
9:45amBreak
10:00amPractice Application
11:30amBreak
11:45pmSmall Group Discussion
12:30pmAdjournment

Neurorelational Dyadic Play Therapy Training Series

2019-2020 Training Schedule**

**Contact us for pricing and registration if you wish to purchase workshops on an individual basis.

CCPT-L1-601E: Interpersonal Neurobiology and Implications for Parent Child Dyadic Play Therapy (4.0 CE)

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Over the last decade, we have seen a significant trend toward integrating the neurobiological perspective when offering parenting advice and creating effective therapies for our children. Play therapists have long been aware of the therapeutic benefits of play in working with children, but participants of this workshop will learn how play specifically nurtures healthy brain development in order to understand the neurobiology of play experiences that happen at home, school, and in the therapy room to optimize a child’s sensory integration and emotional regulation. In this 4-hour workshop, you will learn specific play practices designed to improve sensory and emotional functioning targeted to meet the diverse needs of children. Drawing on concepts of interpersonal neurobiology, the benefits of parent and child-centered, brain-building play therapy experiences to achieve relational attunement, neural integration, and the development of a fully functioning attachment will be clearly defined.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Describe 3 play therapy principles from a Child-Centered Neurorelational model of play therapy.
  2. Recognize 4 tools and materials necessary to use with children in order to provide dyadic play therapy interventions that improve neural functioning.
  3. Utilize 3 dyadic play therapy interventions designed to build up left-right brain integration, and bottom up/top down processing, leading to sensory and emotional improvement.
  4. Observe and track 4 specific types of therapeutic change recognizing gains from an interpersonal neurobiology and play-therapy based perspective.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-602E: Evaluating Individual Neurodevelopmental Needs in Dyadic Play Therapy with Children and Their Parents (4.0 CE)

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8:00am – 12:30pm

An increasing number of clinicians, child care professionals and educators report the need for education and support in assessing the individual developmental needs of children. In the past decade, the field of mental health, interpersonal neurobiology, and behavioral health have sought to come together in understanding of how to accurately assess and diagnose children who may have individual neurodevelopmental needs. This 4-hour workshop will increase the participant’s ability to assess and identify developmental levels and individual differences in children from birth to 18 and to successfully implement strategies in dyadic play therapy for meeting the identified needs of children. Participants will learn the importance of relationship-based work at each developmental level, how individual differences affect movement through developmental levels, and how to create an effective treatment plan for children with individual differences. You will also discuss ways to identify points of entry for empathically connecting with parents of children with individual and developmental differences and the particular needs of these families and children.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Assess for and differentiate between 9 developmental stages of children and children’s play within play therapy.
  2. Discuss 2 assessment interventions for evaluating neurodevelopmental needs in play therapy assessment.
  3. Describe the 7 sensory systems and appropriate assessment for function of each system in a play therapy setting.
  4. Demonstrate at least 3 areas of focus for conducting a play therapy assessment of a child with individual neurodevelopmental needs.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-603E: Dyadic Play Therapy Reflective Responses in Action: Reflective Attunement (4.0 CE)

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Exciting new research in neurobiology supports therapies that allow for freedom of expression, safety and attunement. The Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) model is exemplary of these facets, and the relationship with an attuned Child-Centered Play Therapist who can reflect the child’s experiences is essential for healing, growth and neural integration. Play Therapy gives children a developmentally appropriate way to “play out” their experiences in way that builds insight, self-esteem, tolerance for big emotions. If they are working with an attuned clinician who promotes a sense of safety, a child uses the play therapy space and relationship to express themselves, regulate and modulate emotions, gain a sense of mastery of experiences, and practice new skills. A foundational skill of the Dyadic Play Therapist is ability accurately understand and reflect to the parent and child a shared understanding of the thoughts, feelings, and themes emerging from their efforts and narratives in the play therapy room. This 4-hour workshop gives you a chance to practice the reflective responses of Reflecting Content, Reflecting Feelings, and Reflecting Themes in greater depth to achieve emotional attunement with child and parent dyadic therapy

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Utilize 3 methods for appropriate reflective responses to achieve attunement in play therapy.
  2. Describe 2 elements of attuned responses and when to employ reflective attunement in play therapy.
  3. Demonstrate play therapy skills of reflective responses in a play therapy setting and provide 1 theory-based rationale for the use of each reflective response.
  4. Recognize and apply 3 types of responses in a variety of play therapy relationships in developing the therapeutic relationship and facilitating progress.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-604E: Dyadic Play Therapy Reflective Responses in Action: Developing Emotional Regulation and Resilience (4.0 CE)

Saturday, December 21, 2019, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Experience changes the brain, and repeated attuned, affective experiences with a sensitive caregiver can promote long-term healing and increased emotional resilience. Play Therapy gives children a developmentally appropriate way to “play out” their experiences in way that builds insight, self-esteem, and tolerance for big emotions. If they are working with an attuned clinician who promotes a sense of safety, a child uses the supportive caregiver and relationship to express themselves, regulate and modulate emotions, gain a sense of mastery of experiences, and practice new skills. An important function of the Dyadic Play Therapist is to accurately understand and reflect to the parent and child a shared understanding of the thoughts, feelings, and themes emerging from their efforts and narratives in the play therapy room. This takes practice and a detailed understanding of the world of the child. This 4-hour workshop delves into practical applications of reflective responses and provides you with additional insight into scaffolding the child’s emotional regulation and experience. This workshop builds upon your skillset as a play therapist and offers a chance to practice the reflective responses of Creativity, Responsibility, Relationship, Self-Esteem, and Limit Setting in greater depth to develop the child’s emotional resilience.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Utilize 3 methods for appropriate reflective responses to develop resilience in play therapy.
  2. Demonstrate and implement 5 types of reflective responses that build resilience in play therapy.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of at least 2 situations in which to employ therapeutic limit-setting in play therapy.
  4. Recognize and apply the use of at least 3 reflective responses that facilitate self-esteem, relationship, creativity and responsibility.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-605E: Accurately Utilizing Self-Reflection in Dyadic Play Therapy: Helping the Parent From the Inside Out (4.0 CE)

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Clinicians who work with children and families from a relationship-based model are often told that therapist is the most important toy in the playroom. Change occurs within the connection between child and therapist, yet the term transference is often left out of important discussions in Play Therapy. Transference occurs when the child’s or parent's unconscious past experiences and needs significantly impact the therapeutic relationship. Since healing, growth, and integration happen only in relationship, our ability to manage transference reactions and accurately use them in the family’s best interest is foundational. This 4-hour workshop facilitates an understanding of the parent's emotional reactions to children throughout the play therapy process and how to remain authentic in our responses while monitoring our own nervous system activation. Informed by neurorelational and psychodynamic play therapy, this workshop provides an essential lens for viewing issues of transference and countertransference and will provide you with the skills for effectively managing and utilizing these experiences within the dyadic play therapy setting.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate awareness of 2 ways that the therapist’s own emotional reactions to clients throughout the play therapy process can affect the relationship and treatment progress.
  2. Identify and discuss 3 skills for remaining authentic in responses while monitoring the clinician’s own nervous system activation in Play Therapy.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of 3 steps for managing transference reactions in Dyadic Play Therapy.
  4. Implement at least 2 strategies for tracking emotional responses in the session and integrating skills for monitoring the parent’s individual nervous system activation.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-606E: Increasing Engagement of Parents and Caregivers in the Dyadic Play Therapy Process and Treatment of Children and Adolescents (4.0 CE)

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Mental health clinicians have been aware of the importance of including the family in the treatment of individuals, and the literature shows that in many cases, working with the family system results in long-term positive outcomes. Parent and caregiver involvement in the treatment of children and adolescents with regulation and behavioral difficulties is a critical part of effective care. Engaging families and caregivers in the play therapy process is essential for promoting ideal conditions in which a child can experience safety within attachment relationships and achieve neural integration. Yet this level of involvement presents can be daunting for clinicians and parents alike. In this 4-hour workshop participants will gain an understanding of the unique challenges of working with parents and caregivers in the play therapy process, how to effectively incorporate parents as therapeutic partners, and how to provide supportive strategies in parenting and behavioral intervention from an emotional regulation-based perspective supported by neuroscience research.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Identify and describe 3 types of interventions used to effectively engage parents and caregivers in the play therapy process.
  2. Discuss 2 unique challenges of working with parents and caregivers with respect to social context, trauma history, cultural and neuro diversity, and play therapy best practices.
  3. Implement 5 strategies for parenting and behavioral intervention from and emotional regulation-based Whole Brain perspective from play therapy theory and practical application.
  4. Describe 3 elements that create a safe environment for supporting the parent/caregivers’ capacity for growth and understanding of the child’s needs for engagement and ways of being in the play therapy setting and in caregiving relationships.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-607E: Dyadic Play Therapy with Adolescents: Brain-Based Approaches to Reduce Emotional Storm and Stress (4.0 CE)

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Adolescence has been described in recent literature as a time of “brainstorm” - intense neurological and physiological change, when the brain is pruning unused synapses and scaffolding in mature skills needed to take on adulthood. We will look to developmental science in this workshop on the adolescent brain and the unique benefits of dyadic therapy involving parents in working with the challenges and strengths of adolescent clients. You will learn how playful dialogue with teens specifically nurtures healthy brain development and how we understand the neurobiology of creative experiences that happen in the therapy room to tame the chaos and optimize the adolescent’s self-regulation. In this 4-hour training, you will learn specific therapy practices designed to improve social and emotional functioning targeted to meet the diverse treatment needs of adolescents, especially those who seem resistant to working with parents in the therapy room. Drawing on concepts of interpersonal neurobiology, the benefits of creative, brain-building therapy interventions to achieve relational attunement, emotional integration, and the development of a healthy differentiated parent-adolescent relationship will be clearly defined.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Describe 4 developmental theories specific to adolescence found in the literature base underpinning current thinking in play therapy and expressive arts therapies for adolescents.
  2. Describe 2 theories and principles applicable to dyadic play therapy extended to working with adolescents.
  3. Recognize 3 tools and materials necessary to use with adolescent clients in order to provide dyadic play therapy interventions that improve neural functioning.
  4. Utilize 2 dyadic play therapy interventions designed to build up left-right brain integration, and bottom up/top down processing, leading to emotional improvement for adolescent clients.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-608E: Delving into Trauma-Based Narratives in Dyadic Play Therapy: Reflection, Analysis and Integration (4.0 CE)

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) offers mental health professionals a way of leveraging collaborative play with children, a process that relies primarily on non-verbal interaction, to enhance resilience and protect the brain from the negative effects of chronic stress and trauma. Informed by the latest research in neuroscience, the clinical approach of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is an evidence based practice that has been shown to be an effective method for meeting the developmental and neurological needs of traumatized children and assisting in their trauma recovery. In this 4-hour training, you will learn about the most commonly conveyed themes of trauma in children’s play therapy, including physical abuse and neglect, witnessing violence, emotional abuse and relationship trauma, accident, injury, disaster, and medical trauma, so that play therapists feel more competent in recognizing and communicating through the child’s safe use of metaphorical language. This workshop will offer a process for developing attunement and reflection of the child’s growing insights and problem solving that is happening in the dyadic play therapy story-telling process. Participants will learn how to identify and recognize traumatized play and the Dyadic Play Therapy skills of theme identification, reflection, clarification, and creating space for problem-solving and hopeful solution formation toward the child’s development of a coherent life narrative and trauma recovery within safe parent-child relationship.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the 3 of the most commonly observed features of post traumatic play in a play therapy setting after experiencing a traumatic event.
  2. Recognize 2 steps in the process for developing attunement and reflection of the child’s growing insights and problem solving that is happening in the dyadic play therapy story-telling process.
  3. Demonstrate 3 Child Centered Play Therapy skills in theme reflection to increase the child’s capacities for trauma recovery.
  4. Utilize 5 Child Centered Play Therapy skills of theme identification, reflection, clarification, and creating space for problem-solving and hopeful solution formation toward the child’s development of a coherent life narrative and trauma recovery.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-609E: Dyadic Play Therapy Approaches for Working with Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children and Their Parents (4.0 CE)

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Research shows that experiences from infancy and early childhood markedly influence social and academic success and overall mental health. In the world of neuroscience, research also shows that infant brains are particularly attuned to and affected by social and environmental cues and responses. Yet recognition of the importance of infant mental health and its incorporation into a dyadic play therapy model has been very recent, and Play Therapists often feel unprepared for working with infants and very young children. It is crucial for clinicians to have the tools to effectively intervene in these early stages to facilitate long term positive outcomes for children. In this 4-hour workshop, participants will learn developmental and attachment-based play therapy techniques for working with infants, toddlers and young children. Participants will also gain working knowledge of dyadic play therapy approaches and how to implement theory and practice into play therapy with very young children and their parents and caregivers.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Identify 4 main skills for dyadic play therapy approaches focusing on attachment and developmental play therapy.
  2. Discuss at least 3 issues that may occur within individual or dyadic play therapy session and how to facilitate these sessions effectively.
  3. Identify at least 2 roles that parents can utilize in play therapy sessions.
  4. Articulate at least 2 specific examples of attachment and developmentally-based assessment considerations when working in a dyadic play therapy model with infants, toddlers and young children.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-610E: Family Play Therapy for Trauma and Attachment: Working with Parents, Siblings, and Family Systems (4.0 CE)

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Engaging the family system in mental health treatment provides positive, sustainable outcomes for growth and health of the child. This 4-hour workshop will provide you with specific targeted approaches to working with families and dyads. This will include a comprehensive overview of two family-based play therapy approaches: Filial Play Therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) with a discussion of history, application, and supportive evidence and efficacy for both types of Family Play Therapy practice. These two modalities of Family Play Therapy will be compared and contrasted to determine appropriate client-therapy fit. Participants will also gain an understanding of systemic issues for assessment, treatment planning and ongoing practice including the step-by-step interventions outlined by these two relevant Family Play Therapy models. Incorporating siblings into play therapy sessions and offering Sibling Play Therapy as the primary modality will be presented in terms of structuring and delivering treatment when reducing sibling issues and conflicts has been identified as the focus of treatment.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss 2 main tenets of Filial Play Therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) and its practical application to play therapy relationships.
  2. Identify 3 problems that can arise in the parent-child dyad or family system and adapt Filial and CPRT Play Therapy models to address treatment goals.
  3. Describe 3 important aspects of relationship-based play therapy interventions for working with parents, siblings and family systems.
  4. 4. Demonstrate 3 specific Filial and CPRT Play Therapy skills for addressing the unique needs of parents, siblings and family systems as the primary unit of treatment.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-611E: Responding to Different Parenting Styles and Culture in Dyadic Play Therapy (4.0 CE)

Saturday, July 18, 2020, 8:00am – 12:30pm

The American Psychological Association, Board of Behavioral Sciences, The Association for Play Therapy and other licensing boards in the field of mental health underscore the importance of awareness of cultural identity, practice of obtaining ongoing education around working with diverse communities and attempts to incorporate culturally appropriate practices. Founders of play therapy models such as Virginia Axline and Garry Landreth also set forth recommendations for insuring playroom materials and clinical practice are sensitive to diversity. This 4-hour play therapy workshop will provide participants with a socio-cultural lens through which to develop culturally competent and responsive play therapy interventions. In particular participants will gain an understanding of specific culturally appropriate treatment interventions to employ when the client and play therapist are ethnically or culturally different.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. List 3 steps for building sensitivity and developing competence in working across cultures in play therapy.
  2. Discuss the 2 aspects of both the universality and diversity of play in providing play therapy to diverse communities.
  3. Describe 1 aspect of the impact of a culturally responsive play therapist on children receiving play therapy.
  4. Identify 2 items of importance in understanding cultural issues of privacy, trust, and beliefs when treating families from various cultures in play therapy.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

CCPT-L1-612E: Reflective Practice in Play Therapy (4.0 CE)

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 8:00am – 12:30pm

Most supervisory protocols and licensing boards in behavioral and mental health fields include recommendations for clinical practice of self-care and reflective practices. A growing body of research around vicarious trauma and burnout in clinicians working in high-intensity relational work has highlighted the need for reflective practices and self-awareness in the therapeutic relationship. Reflective practice is essential for clinicians to manage difficult emotions and understand complex interactions that arise in Play Therapy. This participation-based workshop will provide you with the tools for engaging in reflective practice in play therapy. You will gain skills for enhancing insight into your relationship with the client and the client’s relationship with both you and the play therapy setting.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Evaluate 2 elements of personal and professional relational style and the impact of relational style on the relationship with the client in play therapy.
  2. Identify 2 potential signs of transference and counter-transference within play therapy and describe ethical steps to managing transference and countertransference in the relationship.
  3. Define 3 aspects of reflective practice in play therapy and its benefit to treatment.
  4. Identify 4 of the minimal training/supervision guidelines for reflective practice and play therapy best practices defined by the Association for Play Therapy.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
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CCPT-L1-701 Seminar: Evaluating Self-Competence in Play Therapy (4.0 CE)

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Evaluation of self-competence in areas of specialty is best practice for clinicians. Competence is based on training, supervision, and experience and clinicians must take steps to insure they are competent to work with a particular population or presenting problem. Through the process of research, presentation, and discussion, this 4-hour workshop intends to provide a space for synthesis of information and evaluation of competence as a Play Therapist. This workshop walks participants through the presentation of final project. Each participant will also describe one play therapy case with analysis of how the play therapist demonstrated the core competencies of the Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) therapist. ***This workshop is required to complete CCPT Certificate.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of 4 core competencies of the CCPT therapist.
  2. Describe 1 play therapy case with in-depth analysis of how the play therapist demonstrated at least 4 CCPT core competencies.
  3. Demonstrate through verbal presentation and discussion working knowledge of 2 legal and ethical principles guiding play therapists.
  4. Provide at least 2 qualitative feedback responses to each presentation by colleagues around play therapy core competencies.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Lead Faculty for The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, a clinical and training institute focused on helping children and families connect and thrive with play therapy. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie helped create and coordinate the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Program where she also teaches and supervises graduate students as an adjunct faculty member. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma resilience, and other topics related to trauma-informed care and the neurobiology of play and relationships.

Cost
$150.00 (Non-Certificate Members)
$100.00 (Certificate Members)
Register Now   Available In-Person and Online!

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Cost

Cost is $1,200.00 enrollment year tuition fee, split into payments of $100.00 per month. Includes 50 CE hours Neurorelational Dyadic Play Therapy Training.

Initial payment can be made by credit or debit card using our secure online payment system. New students will be charged monthly payments of $100.00 for the 12 month duration of the training series, to begin at time of application and continue while students are enrolled in the program.

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Cancellations and Refunds

Requests for refunds must be made in writing to The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, 1021 East Walnut Street, Suite 200, Pasadena CA 91106. Requests must be postmarked one week prior to workshop date in order to receive refund for a single workshop. There is a $10 administrative fee for refunds. There are no discounts for partial attendance.

Grievances

Grievances: If you are dissatisfied with this workshop or its procedures at any time, please contact The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute at georgie@thecenterforconnection.org to receive a timely response along with copy of the written grievance policy for addressing participant complaints in a reasonable, ethical, and timely fashion.

Disability

If you have a disability and need accommodations per ADA/504, please provide notification at time of registration but no later than two weeks before workshop date to Georgie Wisen-Vincent, georgie@thecenterforconnection.org to provide accessibility.

Conflicts of Interest

The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute and its instructors do not maintain any relationships associated with these workshops that could be construed as a conflict of interest/commercial support.