Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

Recognizing and Responding to Very Young Children's Mental Health Issues and those Issues' Implications for Later Play Therapy

  • February 26, 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Firefly Counseling Services, PC 4950 NE Belknap Ct, Suite 205 Hillsboro, OR 97124

The Oregon State Association for Play Therapy Presents 
"Recognizing and Responding to Very Young Children's Mental Health Issues and those Issues' Implications for Later Play Therapy."

Presenter: Redmond Reams, Ph.D

Friday, February 26, 2016 8:30am—4pm 

Firefly Counseling Services, PC 4950 NE Belknap Ct, Suite 205 Hillsboro, OR 97124 

Mental health issues occur in people of all ages, including children 3 and under. Our youngest clients need intervention also. They rarely have well-developed language or symbolic play, so the infant mental health field has devised creative interventions to assist them in the context of relationships and social-emotional challenges. Common mental health issues include feeding and sleeping problems, PTSD, attachment difficulties re- lated to early caregiver loss or parent mental health, adjustment to divorce, anxiety, depression, early autism spectrum issues, and neurological differences. These issues are especially challenging if caregivers have difficulty interpreting the child's cues accurately. This training is designed for therapists of older children to hold infant/toddler mental health in context. We will examine early development and how it affects later growth stages and manifestation of psychopathology. Intervention methods will be reviewed, early childhood community providers described, and interventions delivered in the context of parent-child relationship, addressing infant/ toddler development and parent work. Notably, early experiences live on as children grow older, especially when they don't receive intervention. Examples of the intrusion of early experiences in older children's play will be provided, describing how those intrusions were dealt with therapeutically. 

-ORAPT will provide 6 contact hours of Continuing Education (CE)* through NASW. ORAPT is an APT provider (#99-054).

*Application for CE through NASW currently in process. 

-Registration information can be found here: www.ORAPT.squarespace.com

Students: $50 ($65 at the door)

Members: $80 ($95 at the door)

Non-members: $140 ($155 at the door) 

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