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Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play Therapy (2.0 CE)

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 how does play specifically nurture healthy brain development? And how can we 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 two hour training, 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 child-centered, brain-building play experiences to achieve relational attunement, neural integration, and the development of a fully functioning sense of self 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 therapy.
  2. Recognize 4 tools and materials necessary to use with children in order to provide child-centered interventions that improve neural functioning.
  3. Utilize 3 play 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-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.

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Heroes, Helpers, and Happy Endings: Children's Most Common Play Therapy Themes (2.0 CE)

An important function of the Child Centered Play Therapist is to accurately understand and reflect to the child a shared understanding of the thoughts, feelings, and themes emerging from their efforts and narratives in the play therapy room. Themes are the morals of the story or the lessons children are trying to learn and convey through repeated observation and direction of play as a “window into the child’s psyche”. Children often have difficulty verbalizing their thoughts and feelings at a cognitive level, which may produce obstacles for the child therapist or counselor. Many times play therapists in training feel “stuck” in trying to decipher the messages and meanings children are trying to sort through as both adult and child ask themselves, “What does this story mean for you?” and “How does this lesson help you?” The Child Centered Play Therapy relationship is one in which the adult is trained to listen closely and tune into the stories the child is telling as the child communicates through play. This workshop is intended to present the ten most commonly conveyed themes of children’s play therapy, 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 story-telling process. Participants will learn the Child Centered Play Therapy skills of theme identification, reflection, clarification, and creating space for problem-solving and hopeful solution formation toward the child’s treatment goals.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Identify and describe 3 of the most commonly observed themes emerging in Child Centered Play Therapy narratives.
  2. Identify and discuss 5 of the Child Centered Play Therapy skills of theme identification, reflection, clarification, and creating space for problem-solving and hopeful solution formation toward the child’s treatment goals.
  3. Demonstrate 4 Child Centered Play Therapy skills in theme reflection to increase the child’s capacities for change.
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.

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Advanced Seminar in Play Therapy: Building Emotional Resilience with Challenging Clients (2.0 CE)

Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is a developmentally responsive, research supported, play-based treatment intervention for young children ages 3 to 10 who are experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral disorders. This 2 hour workshop will be highly experiential as we aim to integrate theory with practice using the modality of play therapy. CCPT combines the benefits of play and therapeutic relationship to provide the ideal conditions in which a child can experience safety and full acceptance from the therapist and process trauma and other painful experiences through symbolic play. The goal of CCPT is to use and build upon the child’s creative, authentic potential to move toward sensory and emotional integration and improved relational functioning. You will learn how to construct, introduce, and facilitate a CCPT intervention and how to work effectively to reach treatment goals. Play therapy will be described and demonstrated in detail regarding its use and effectiveness with challenging children who present in both clinical and community settings. Participants will actively engage in CCPT skills throughout the training experience.

    Learning Objectives
    After the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Describe and demonstrate 3 skills toward the use and effectiveness of Child Centered Play Therapy in clinical and community settings.
  2. Identify and discuss the 2 methods for the use and implementation of Child Centered Play Therapy protocol.
  3. Demonstrate 3 Child Centered Play Therapy skills and attitudes.
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.

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