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    • 11/13/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Play Therapy Basics using Neuroscience to Shift Clinician and Parental Paradigms of Behavior: A Hands-On Approach

    Presented by: Gayla Ignacio, MA, LPC, Registered Play Therapist

    OVERVIEW: Early infant and childhood trauma can have long-term developmental implications needing specialized treatment. Children and teens often do not have the language to express their experiences, but those with complex, relational trauma often do not even have cognitive memories of the trauma, thus cannot make sense of their own reactions and behaviors. This training will help you understand what happens to the brain and body when trauma occurs at an early and pre-verbal age, as well as how to recognize, assess, and treat this type of trauma. While the main focus will be on this topic, you will also be equipped to identify other types of trauma, as well as how to describe and empower parents to support the therapeutic process and how to therapeutically engage with their child. Finally, you will receive practical help through group activities to ensure you walk away with the ability to implement the skills in your therapy sessions. 

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to...

    1.  Identify major parts of the brain impacted by early trauma and what types of play therapy are appropriate treatment for brain healing, which will include child-centered play therapy and attachment-based play therapy interventions.

    2.  Identify 2-5 developmental trauma screening tools appropriate to aid in creating a trauma-informed play therapy treatment plan, as well as plain language to explain the treatment plan to parents and schools.  

    3.  Implement practical responses to trauma behaviors that may be demonstrated in a play therapy session, which will encompass play therapy room set up and toys/ tools needed for client and clinician safety.


    Gayla Ignacio is a Licensed Professional Counselor at A Healing Place, having obtained her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University, as well as completing a year of post-graduate work in trauma counseling. She has received specialized training from the Association for Play Therapy and the National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children, and continues to receive training in neuropsychology and attachment. She has experience as a play therapist trainer and speaker, as well as experience teaching as an adjunct professor for Spring Arbor University.

    In her thirty years of work with children, Gayla has specialized in intensive treatments for traumatized children – in the office, in homes, and at school. She has developed a deep respect for children and works passionately to educate and train newer clinicians in using children’s primary language: play. She leans toward humanistic and experiential therapies and believes academic education coupled with hands-on experience is the best learning modality. She strives to engage the head, heart, and hands of those with whom she worksy.

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    HANDOUTS: Our policy is to email all handouts. Please include a valid email address with your registration to receive the handouts.

    WORKSHOP LOCATION: Online Workshop. Workshop will be recorded. Participants limited to 40.

    REGISTRATION COST: **3 contact CE hours included

    Member: $60 | Non-Member: $70 | *Student: $50

    *A participant registering as “student” must be a full-time student at a college or university and provide a written letter from their University verifying the status.


    Registration: 8:30-9:00 am

    Workshop Session: 9:00-10:35 am

    Break: 10:35-10:50 am

    Workshop Session: 10:50-12:05 pm

    Question/Answers: 12:05-12:10pm

    End of the Workshop: 12:10 pm

    PHOTO RELEASE:  By registering for this workshop, you are giving permission for MIAPT to use any photographs (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as MIAPT deems appropriate and desirable. Photographs may be used on the MIAPT website, social media pages, and/or newsletter for any purpose. By completing the registration, you are also consenting to waive any rights to the photographs indefinitely. If you do not wish to have your photo used, it is your responsibility to notify mymiapt@gmail.com  prior to the start of the workshop of your request to be omitted.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than November 1, 2020. Cancellations are subject to $25 processing fee. Substitutions may be made in writing for no additional cost. No refunds or partial refunds will be given after November 1, 2020.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: This workshop for mental health professionals is co-sponsored by the MI Assn. Play Therapy and the Institute for Continuing Education. CE credit is offered for the disciplines listed below. The program offers 3.00 CE live contact hours, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25 and is included in the registration fee. CE verification is mailed to attendees following the program. To receive CE credit, participants must complete CE post test, keep video feed turned on at all times with participant’s face visible, sign in/out, and submit a completed evaluation of the program. If you have questions regarding CE credit, the program, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at: instconted@aol.com.   

    NOTE:  It is the responsibility of attendees to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

    Psychology: The Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program.

    Counseling:  The Institute is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Ohio Board Social Work and Counseling, provider RCS 030001.  

    NBCC credit is not offered.

    Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Ohio Board of Social Work and Counseling, Provider RCS 030001.

    Marriage/Family Therapy: The Institute is recognized by the Ohio Board MFT, Provider RTX 100501.

    Play Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. APT Approved Provider 98-040.

    Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved continuing education provider by the California Board of Nursing, Provider CEP 12646.  It is the responsibility of nurses to check with their state board to determine if CE credit issues by an approved provider of the CA Board of Nursing, meet regulations of their board.

    ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact mymiapt@gmail.com.

    Skill Level: Beginner

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