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Dafna Lender, LCSW


Dafna Lender, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of child welfare and child mental health for 20+ years. Dafna serves as the program director at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL and is certified as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna trains psychotherapists internationally in these methods and trains in three languages.
Dafna’s focus is children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. Early in her career, Dafna worked in treatment foster care and witnessed child after child “fail” out of foster placements due to difficult behavior. Children were disruptive, unsettled and unhappy, and their caregivers felt defeated. Dafna’s sense of discouragement went way after taking the Theraplay training and learning direct, concrete ideas and interactions that she could apply in home with her treatment families to promote healthier, stable relationships. Dafna has successfully treated children with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dafna Lender has an employment relationship with The Theraplay Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dafna Lender has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Digital Seminar

Who’s Afraid of Children in Family Therapy?: How Therapists Can Help


Faculty:
Dafna Lender |  Phyllis Booth
Duration:
3 Hours 55 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 24, 2017
Product Code:
NOS052785
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Price:
$199.99

Online Course

Treating Children & Adolescents: Essential Strategies for Anxiety, OCD, Trauma, Bullying & More


Faculty:
Christopher Willard |  Dafna Lender |  Lynn Lyons |  Martha Straus |  Phyllis Booth |  Signe Whitson
Duration:
13 Hours 53 Minutes
Product Code:
NRS001240
Media Type:
Online Course
Price:
$299.99 Standard - $719.93

Digital Seminar

Harnessing the Polyvagal System to Help Clients with Anxiety, Depression, and Anger


Faculty:
Dafna Lender |  Jon Baylin
Duration:
5 Hours 23 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 22, 2018
Product Code:
NOS095932
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Price:
$199.99

Online Course

Applying the Polyvagal Theory to Improve Client Outcomes


Faculty:
Dafna Lender |  Deb Dana |  Janina Fisher |  Jon Baylin |  Kate Cohen-Posey |  Richard Simon |  Stephen W Porges
Duration:
15 Hours 29 Minutes
Product Code:
NRS001280
Media Type:
Online Course
Price:
$229.99 Standard - $559.95

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