Beyond Fun and Games: Using Play Therapy to Treat Trauma in Children 4-12 Years

Integration of trauma-informed care into work with children who have witnessed or experienced violence requires a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of violence and the neurobiology of trauma within a developmental and attachment framework. By discussing the effects of trauma on children, principles of trauma-informed treatment for children, and Child Centered Play Therapy as an efficacious intervention for traumatized populations, participants will learn specific skills for trauma-informed play therapy interventions with youth who present with a variety of mental health symptoms. Attendees will learn about the use of non-directive play therapy for trauma processing with youth and will understand core principles of trauma-informed care when working with a child and their family. Opportunity for practice will be incorporated.

Counts as Treatment course for Trauma Certificate Program

*Each class this year will be held via Zoom. Participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience and there will be numerous opportunities for engagement (e.g. small group discussions, role plays, case studies). As such, learners should prepare for active participation. We ask that students keep their cameras on as much as they are able, while understanding that it may not be possible to keep cameras on throughout the entire class. Rest assured that we will take many breaks throughout each class to help assuage Zoom fatigue.

Instructor: Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LICSW Sarah Lockhart, MSW, LICSW

Date(s): 07/20/2021

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

CEUs: 6 CEUs; 6 Clinical Clock Hours – 2 hours in assessment-based treatment planning, 4 hours in clinical intervention methods

Cost: $150

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