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Lesson 1: The Theory and Neuroscience of Childhood Trauma

Traumatic events damage children emotionally and psychologically.

Their trauma stays trapped in their body – they feel overwhelmed, they don’t sleep, they’re anxious, depressed, failing in school, angry and socially isolated.

They are completely vulnerable.

How do you as a therapist get to the root of their pain? What do you do when words and language can’t be accessed, when conventional treatments aren’t enough?

Play is a child’s natural way to expose their trauma, formulate their narrative and begin to process the trauma.

Join trauma expert, Dr. Jennifer Lefebre in this experiential, interactive 2-day workshop and learn to speak the language of traumatized children!

Come breathe new life into your trauma treatment with kids!

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Objectives

  1. Articulate how to help children with complex trauma histories restore their capacity for playfulness and co-regulation.
  2. Evaluate the fight-or-flight response in children, and learn playful ways to teach children about the brain-body relationship.
  3. Communicate the neurophysiological theory behind developmental trauma and attachment.
  4. Contrast diagnostic challenges within this population, and ascertain symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder which can be decreased through embodied play therapy strategies.
  5. Combine embodied play therapy interventions with evidence-based treatment models for improving emotional and behavioral regulation.
  6. Pair the core components found within the leading evidence-based trauma treatments (TF-CBT, EMDR, CPP, ARC, TARGET) with play therapy techniques to improve relational engagement.
  7. Evaluate which trauma informed treatment components “fit” with specific needs of children who have experienced developmental trauma.
  8. Determine how core components of childcentered play therapy align with best practices for treating childhood trauma.
  9. Help children heal from trauma through play therapy and evidence-based cognitive strategies.
  10. Implement play therapy techniques that are consistent with the core components of trauma-informed treatment.
  11. Develop a treatment plan for introducing play therapy to clients and families in an engaging, fun manner.
  12. Integrate culturally attuned play therapy strategies into trauma work with children and families.

Outline

 

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Lesson 2: Trauma Assessment Skills

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Lesson 3: Incorporating Play Therapy into Evidence-Based Treatments

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Lesson 4: Essential Components of Trauma-Informed Treatments

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Lesson 5: Body-Based Treatment — Emotional and Behavioral Regulation

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Lesson 6: Integrating Play Therapy — Part 1

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Lesson 7: Integrating Play Therapy — Part 2

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Lesson 8: Integrating Play Therapy — Part 3

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Lesson 9: Integrating Play Therapy — Part 4

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The Ethics of Touch in Child Psychotherapy & Play Therapy

There are policies and actions that you can put into practice now to protect yourself.

Dr. Janet Courtney in this engaging webcast explores these ethical considerations of touch including current research, cultural concerns, and the importance of touch to human development. Come away with over 20+ clinical and ethical best practice guidelines! Case examples are highlighted to demonstrate in-the-moment interventions with client populations (infants to teenagers) dealing with issues related to attachment, autism, ADHD, Sensory processing disorder, and physical and sexual abuse.

Get a sneak peek of the seminar:

Visit the PESI blog to learn the 10 types of touch identified by Dr. Janet Courtney that can happen during therapy if deemed developmentally appropriate.

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Objectives

  1. State 10 different types of touch that can occur in a therapy session.
  2. Demonstrate four ways to evaluate for a child’s psychosocial experiences related to touch.
  3. Describe how to apply 5 therapeutic interventions to handle in-the-moment ethical dilemmas in a play therapy session.

Outline

The Ethics of Touch in Context

Assessment for Psychosocial Experiences of Touch

Interventions and Case Examples: Ethical dilemmas of Touch- Responses, Interventions and Boundary Setting

20+ Top Ethical Touch Best Practice Guidelines

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Bonus: Trauma Defined: Bessel van der Kolk on The Body Keeps the Score

Researchers are increasingly finding that the body is the key to trauma treatment. Trauma is about the body becoming immobilized, feeling helpless or numb. Often traumatized people either don’t feel their body at all, or they feel it all the time.

In this compelling one-hour discussion, world’s leading trauma researcher and author of the The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk discusses his research and the influences on his life work with trauma. During the hour, he succinctly and descriptively draws the picture of trauma, the brain, and how various treatments work (and don’t) on the trauma client.

This hour will leave you, and those with whom you share this information, with the best understanding on the nature of trauma, its impact on the brain, how our brains work and most of all, the important new treatments that promise hope to those suffering from PTSD and trauma.

Bessel has spent 40 years working with and learning from traumatized clients. In this video, he shares insight into a bold new paradigm for healing from trauma. You won’t want to miss this personal account of Dr. van der Kolk’s work.

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Outline

The Latest Clinical Research Surrounding:

Objectives

  1. Explain how trauma influences the activity of the key areas of the brain and how that dictates behavior patterns.
  2. Articulate the clinical research surrounding the effectiveness of yoga, mindfulness meditation, and theater in healing trauma in clients.

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Bonus: Overcoming Trauma-Related Shame and Self-Loathing with Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Shame has an insidious impact on our traumatized clients’ ability to find relief and perspective even with good treatment. Feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy interfere with taking in positive experiences, leaving only hopelessness. This 60-minute recording was webcast live from the office of Dr. Janina Fisher and introduces shame from a neurobiological perspective—as a survival strategy driving somatic responses of automatic obedience and total submission.

Learn to help clients relate to their symptoms with curiosity rather than automatic acceptance, discriminate the cognitive, emotional, and physiological components of shame, and to integrate somatic as well as traditional psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques to transform shame-related stuckness.

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Objectives

  1. Discriminate the clinical implications of physiological and cognitive contributors to shame.
  2. Describe cognitive-behavioral, ego state, and psychoeducational interventions to address shame in clinical practice.

Outline

The Neurobiology of Shame

Shame’s Evolutionary Purpose Making Meaning of Shame Working from the “Bottom Up” A New Relationship to the Shame: Acceptance and Compassion The Social Engagement System and the Healing of Shame

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