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Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Healing the body through play‚Äč

Program Information

Outline

  • Neuroscience of Childhood Trauma Trauma Theory
    • Fight-or-Flight (parasympathetic/sympathetic nervous system)
    • Attachment Theory
  • Assessment
    • Complex Trauma
    • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Reactive Attachment Disorder
    • Developmental Trauma Disorder
    • A new conceptualization and integrated clinical framework
  • Essential Components for Trauma-Informed Treatments
    • Establishing safety and a sense of competence/worth
    • Appropriate attachments & relational engagement
    • Self-regulation (body & emotions)
    • Self-reflection & Introspection
    • Integration of traumatic experiences (acknowledgment & processing of the trauma)
    • Future safety ~ transitioning beyond the Trauma
  • Body Based Treatment – Emotional and Behavioral Regulation
    • Verbal vs nonverbal responses – how to recognize trauma without verbal report
    • Bottom-up versus top-down processing – trauma starts in the body
    • Developmental needs of traumatized children
    • Embodied play & sensory integration – emotional and behavioral regulation
  • Incorporating Play Therapy into Proven Evidence-based Treatments
    • Components that “fit” the child’s specific needs
    • TF-CBT- Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
    • CPP – Child Parent Psychotherapy
    • ARC – Attachment, Regulation, and Competency
    • TARGET – Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education Therapy
  • Play Therapy Principles
    • Therapist establishes a friendly relationship
    • Accepts the child as he is
    • Creates a permissive relationship; child has freedom of expression
    • Validates (acknowledge and reflect) child’s feelings
    • Responsibility for decisions and change is left mostly to the child
    • Child directs the therapeutic process; therapist follows
    • Therapeutic interaction is not rushed
    • Limits are set only when necessary for child’s outcomes
  • Advancing Trauma Treatment with Play Therapy
    • Non-verbal techniques
    • Sensory-based techniques
    • Culturally and developmentally appropriate techniques
  • Play Therapy Strategies and Techniques
    • Integration of traumatic experiences to acknowledge and process the trauma: Sandtrays, drawings, & play
    • Target shame, self-doubt, and selfcompassion: Sandtray Safeplace & All About Me
    • Build an understanding of the brainbody relationship: Flip your lid and Charades
    • Target indiscriminate attachments and interpersonal reactivity: Invisible String & Family Sandtray
    • Improve emotional and bodily regulation: Stressballs, Be Spaghetti, Feelings Map, Trashballs, Yoga, and Weather Massage

 

Objectives

  1. Articulate how to help children with complex trauma histories restore their capacity for playfulness and co-regulation.
  2. Evaluate the fight-or-flight response in children, and learn playful ways to teach children about the brain-body relationship.
  3. Communicate the neurophysiological theory behind developmental trauma and attachment.
  4. Contrast diagnostic challenges within this population, and ascertain symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder which can be decreased through embodied play therapy strategies.
  5. Combine embodied play therapy interventions with evidence-based treatment models for improving emotional and behavioral regulation.
  6. Pair the core components found within the leading evidence-based trauma treatments (TF-CBT, EMDR, CPP, ARC, TARGET) with play therapy techniques to improve relational engagement.
  7. Evaluate which trauma informed treatment components “fit” with specific needs of children who have experienced developmental trauma.
  8. Determine how core components of childcentered play therapy align with best practices for treating childhood trauma.
  9. Help children heal from trauma through play therapy and evidence-based cognitive strategies.
  10. Implement play therapy techniques that are consistent with the core components of trauma-informed treatment.
  11. Develop a treatment plan for introducing play therapy to clients and families in an engaging, fun manner.
  12. Integrate culturally attuned play therapy strategies into trauma work with children and families.

Copyright : 02/05/2018

The Ethics of Touch in Child Psychotherapy & Play Therapy

Program Information

Objectives

  1. State 10 different types of touch that can occur in a therapy session.
  2. Demonstrate four ways to evaluate for a child’s psychosocial experiences related to touch.
  3. Describe how to apply 5 therapeutic interventions to handle in-the-moment ethical dilemmas in a play therapy session.

Outline

The Ethics of Touch in Context

  • Clinical concerns of touch in child psychotherapy and play therapy
  • No touch policies-more harm than good?
  • Types of touch: greeting, accidental, task-oriented, attentional, and more

Assessment for Psychosocial Experiences of Touch

  • 4 Child Drawing Assessments
  • Rating scale questionnaires
    • Parent’s perceptions of child’s touch experiences
    • Teacher Touch Observation Rating Scale for child

Interventions and Case Examples: Ethical dilemmas of Touch- Responses, Interventions and Boundary Setting

  • Risk/benefit decision making
  • Child hits/slaps therapist
  • Inappropriate touching of therapist
  • Child asks to be touched inappropriately
  • Child asks for appropriate touch
  • Specific populations
    • Infants-behavioral cue indications
    • Teenagers
    • Attachment Disorders
    • Autism/Sensory Processing Disorders
    • Sexually traumatized children
  • 10+ Recommendations for working with abused children
  • Engaging parents in problem touch occurrences

20+ Top Ethical Touch Best Practice Guidelines

  • Practitioner Touch Awareness Questionnaire
  • Informed Consent-for therapy approaches that use touch
  • Informed Consent-Mandated Reporter of all forms of abuse
  • Unethical Forms of Touch
  • And many more…

Copyright : 08/06/2015