Clair Mellenthin – The Power of Play ,Proven Strategies
- Interactive day of case examples, videos and hands-on techniques
- Rebuild trust in parent-child relationship
- Create developmentally appropriate trauma narratives
- Tools to decrease nightmares, flashbacks and intrusive thoughts
Play Therapy is a powerful tool for children who’ve experienced trauma. It is a safe space where they can feel in control, learn how to identify and manage distressing symptoms and give language to what they are feeling within their body and mind.
In this innovative workshop, we will explore how trauma impacts the brain, the resulting impact on the parent-child relationship, as well as how to effectively treat and resolve trauma symptoms utilizing attachment-centered play therapy techniques.
By giving children opportunities to work in a child-centered setting, you will observe and document how children:
- Utilize gradual exposure
- Regulate affect
- Gain knowledge of their traumatic experiences
- Manage their experiences that can feel overwhelming or frightening
This trauma-anchored model teaches you powerful play therapy interventions. It deepens metaphor work by amplifying the child’s ability to explore the material they externalize, and provides the child with a safe, predictable environment for processing interpersonal trauma. You will learn theory and techniques that values children’s pacing, respects defensive strategies, and seeks to help children build alternative skills to cope with difficult thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
- Discover how trauma impacts brain development, and how play therapy can strengthen relationships and improve behavior.
- Describe three complex trauma warning signs and how to assess for them.
- Define areas of the brain affected by trauma and the resulting behavioral symptoms exhibited in children.
- Identify attachment wounds caused by trauma and what you can do- even in the most secure parent-child relationship.
- Discover how play therapy can help clients heal from and move beyond their personal trauma – letting go of their victim status and embracing their new role as a survivor.
- Define how attachment theory applies to play therapy and how to view family systems through the lens of attachment.
- Discover 5 play therapy techniques in becoming more competent and confident in engaging parents in family play therapy.
- Show an effective evidence-based play therapy technique that can treat trauma symptoms and can be used immediately with your child and family clients.
Get immediately download here: Clair Mellenthin – The Power of Play ,Proven Strategies
Framework of Attachment Theory
- Rethinking the Attachment Spectrum
- 4 Key concepts of Attachment Theory
- Creating safety in parent-child relationship
The Brain–Behavior Relationship
- Parts of the brain affected by trauma
- Regulatory processing and Executive functioning
- Impact on right brain and its behavioral consequence
- Warning signs of trauma
- Trauma impact on the parent-child relationship
- Behavior and emotional challenges
Proven Play Therapy Techniques to Strengthen Parent-Child Attachment
- Decrease whining, clinging, angry, avoidant behaviors in child clients
- Improve family relationships and communication skills
- Rebuild trust in the parent-child relationship
- Promote whole-child and whole-brain healing
Play Therapy Techniques to Treat Trauma, Utilizing Attachment-Centered Therapy
- Guided Imagery to teach distress tolerance
- Lemon Squeezies – Full Body Relaxation to reconnect with the body, decrease trauma symptoms
- My Many Colors of Me – Increase emotional intelligence and connect feelings to words instead of acting out behaviors
- Inside/Outside Box – Increase self-esteem and self-acceptance
- Telling My Story – Create age-appropriate trauma narratives
- Maximize the role of parents and caretakers
- Create hands-on tools to decrease trauma symptoms: flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and nightmares