Understanding and Treating Anxious Children June 25

Overview Anxiety is the most frequently occurring mental illness among children and adolescents. It includes Generalized Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Selective Mutism and Specific Phobias. This workshop will describe the most common anxiety disorders and how to assess for them. As they have both biological and behavioural components, the importance of working with… Continue reading Understanding and Treating Anxious Children June 25

Treating Disruptive Behaviour Disorders In a Play Therapy Setting June 21-22

Overview Disruptive Behaviour disorders (DBD’s) are the most common mental health problem among children. In addition to being one of the most common disorders it is also one of the most challenging to intervene with for a variety of reasons, including the prevalence of co-morbidity and level of associated issues such as disregulation, anti-social behaviour and… Continue reading Treating Disruptive Behaviour Disorders In a Play Therapy Setting June 21-22

Understanding Traumatized Children and Applying Play Therapy Tools In the Treatment of Trauma in Children June 17

Overview: Many children and adolescents are referred for therapy because they have experienced a traumatic event or a series of events. This workshop will define the various types of trauma including complex trauma and other disorders that may be trauma-based. It will provide an overview of trauma symptoms across the lifespan emphasizing the types of… Continue reading Understanding Traumatized Children and Applying Play Therapy Tools In the Treatment of Trauma in Children June 17

Brain Research & Child Dev. For Play Therapists June 16th

Overview: This one day course explores current theories and research on brain development with a focus on common presenting problems encountered by play therapists, such as attachment problems, neglect and trauma exposure. This course will investigate the influence of “play” on the brain and consequently the “healing of children” within all models of play therapy. This overview of the… Continue reading Brain Research & Child Dev. For Play Therapists June 16th

Sandtray Therapy – June 14-15

Overview: This introductory course will begin with a short introduction to CAPT and the Certification Process. Following the morning break a presentation will begin on the various definitions of play therapy. The therapeutic powers of play will be presented and applied to the play therapy process. Students will also learn how to set up a… Continue reading Sandtray Therapy – June 14-15

Treating Trauma June 18th

Overview This workshop provides an overview of treatment for traumatized children and adolescents. It includes an indepth exploration of at the various types of play that traumatized children engage in, trans-theoretical stages of trauma therapy and at exposure; one of the essential elements of trauma therapy. It will highlight evidence based models such trauma-focused cognitive… Continue reading Treating Trauma June 18th

Creating an Inclusive and Culturally Competent PT Practice June 23

Overview: Anti-oppressive practice, cultural competence, cultural humility and the integration of these in the provision of play therapy services is an essential element of working with culturally diverse children and families. The principals that inform this include a number of facets related to identity and experiences of relative power and privilege. One facet, and perhaps… Continue reading Creating an Inclusive and Culturally Competent PT Practice June 23

05 Attachment Theory and Therapy In a Play Therapy Setting

Attachment Theory and Therapy In a Play Therapy Setting Attachment theory and practice within the play therapy models is pivotal and integral to the healing of children with developmental trauma. This course will review attachment theory and introduce students to effective models for treating children with developmental trauma through play therapy and attachment focused therapy,… Continue reading 05 Attachment Theory and Therapy In a Play Therapy Setting

07 Theraplay as a Play Therapy Model

Theraplay as a Play Therapy Model Theraplay is a dynamic and effective short-term approach to treating children’s emotional, social and behavioural problems. Based on the intimacy and physical interplay that characterize normal relationships between parent and child, Theraplay as a play therapy technique uses structured play to enhance healthy attachment, self- regulation and to promote the child’s… Continue reading 07 Theraplay as a Play Therapy Model