Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

Trauma Informed Play Therapy: Basic Child-Centered Play Therapy Skills

  • October 29, 2018
  • 8:30 AM
  • October 30, 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • Red Lion River Inn 700 N. Division, Spokane, WA

Insight Counseling Center presents:

Trauma Informed Play Therapy: Basic Child-Centered Play Therapy Skills

The Presenter - Roxanne Grobbel, JD, LCSW, RPT-S

Dates: October 29 & 30, 2018    

Time:  8:30 – 5:00

Location: Red Lion River Inn 700 N. Division, Spokane, WA

Cost: $235 

            $199 for WA4PT members (membership will be confirmed through WA4PT)

Continuing Education Hours:  14 (Also 14 APT credits)

For information: contact Nadya Sterghos at EMDRrox@gmail.com

Therapists are often at a loss when treating the youngest clients.  While early intervention has the greatest impact, graduate schools spend little or no time teaching clinical skills to use for young children.  This 2-day comprehensive workshop is designed to teach child-centered play therapy skills in order to work effectively with young children.  Trauma is often the underlying factor in the social, emotional and behavioral problems of children.  You will learn a functional understanding of trauma and its pervasive, life-long impact on young children.  A trauma informed approach will change how you work with children, your view of children, and how you view their play.  It will increase your understanding of the effect of trauma on the developing brain and its impact on all areas of development and social emotional wellness.  We will explore interpretation of children’s language of play and how to respond in therapeutic ways. 

Learning Objectives:  Participants will be able to….

  • 1.        Identify trauma and its impact on children’s social/emotional wellness
  • 2.        State the effect of trauma on areas of child development and brain structure
  • 3.        Identify how trauma is manifested in behavior and play of young children
  • 4.        Recognize how play therapy techniques address trauma symptoms and their root causes
  • 5.        Relate the importance of the attitudinal qualities of a therapeutic relationship
  • 6.        Recognize transference and counter-transference in the playroom
  • 7.        Describe the importance of setting structure in play therapy sessions
  • 8.        Implement skills to engage and develop a therapeutic relationship and therapeutic environment
  • 9.        Identify the rationale, methods, and principles of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT).
  • 10.    Enable children to identify feelings and learn appropriate ways to express them.
  • 11.    Facilitate therapeutic growth through appropriate expression of emotion in play.
  • 12.    Demonstrate basic play therapy skills including (but not limited to) structuring, tracking, reflection of content and process, returning responsibility, and facilitating self-advocacy.
  • 13.    Demonstrate Dr. G. Landreth’s ACT limit-setting for numerous situations in a clinical setting.
  • 14.   Communicate about the play therapy process to parents


Register here, not through WA-APT.

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