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Delight in Me: Play Therapy for Attachment Issues and TraumaPlay: A Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy Model for Treating Traumatized Children

Presented by Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S

DAY 1 OVERVIEW: Delight in Me: Play Therapy for Attachment Issues

Many of the families we see for play therapy are so distressed by the time they enter treatment that parents and children are no longer able to enjoy each other. This workshop will focus on enhancing our capacities as clinicians to help children and their parents heal or enhance their attachment relationships with each other. Much of the time will be spent translating core attachment principles into practical play-based strategies for enhancing dyadic attunement, building connections, effectively soothing the child, lightening difficult discipline moments, creating and rehearsing coherent narratives, and maximizing delight. Practical ways to help parents become more effective co-regulators of their children will be described and modeled. Many dyadic nurturing games will be shared and practiced. Come prepared to play. 

DAY 2 OVERVIEW: TraumaPlay℠: A Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy Model for Treating Traumatized Children

TraumaPlay℠ is a neurobiologically-informed play therapy treatment model that is grounded in the attachment relationship. An integrative play therapy paradigm translates evidence-informed trauma treatment with children into a flexible sequence of play-based modules. Each component represents an important dimension of trauma treatment and articulates both a specific treatment goal and accompanying interventions. Both non-directive and directive approaches are incorporated. Clinical goals include increasing safety and security, augmenting adaptive coping, soothing the physiology, delivering gradual exposure in play-based ways, building coherent narratives, and addressing the thought life and are supported by a multitude of practical play therapy interventions. 


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