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Digital Seminar

2 Day Kids' Trauma Treatment Certification Course: Master New Techniques for Big Feelings & Attachment Repair

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S™ |  Dafna Lender, LCSW |  Cherie Spehar, LCSW, RPT-S™, ACTP
Approx. 12 Hours
Apr 04, 2024
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There is no question that children who’ve experienced complex trauma need your help – and quickly!

But for most clinicians like you, there are so many challenges to navigate:

Where to start? What to treat next? How to calm down big feelings to do deep work or how to work with attachment trauma?

Luckily for you this one-of-a-kind training brings together three of the most esteemed, accomplished and compassionate child traumatologists with more than 75 years of clinical experience combined - Paris Goodyear-Brown, Dafna Lender and Cherie Spehar!

Watch these experts for experiential and dynamic learning where you’ll walk away with a practical and easy-to-apply framework for helping kids heal from complex trauma.

These experts will teach you:

  • TraumaPlay, a sequential roadmap to enhance attachments and metabolize trauma
  • Immediate, clinically sound interventions for reducing dysregulation in traumatized children and parents
  • Improve client outcomes by recognizing symptoms as critical messengers and clues, not indicators of dysfunction
  • Treatment plan tools for deepening parents’ regulation skills: Role plays, mindfulness practice, self-care
  • Facilitating healing conversations between children and their parents
  • And so much more!

Don’t miss this chance to fill your clinical toolbox with interventions to enhance children’s attachment security, resiliency, and sense of self!

Best of all, upon completion of this training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP) through Evergreen Certifications.

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  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99 value)*!
  • Simply complete this training and the included post-event evaluation, and your application to be a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

*Attendees will receive documentation of CATP designation from Evergreen Certifications upon completing consultation.
*Professional standards apply. Visit for professional requirements.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

CE Information Coming Soon

Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details. 

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S™'s Profile

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S™ Related seminars and products

Nurture House

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S™, certified EMDR therapist, is the creator of TraumaPlay®, a flexibly sequential play therapy model for treating trauma and attachment disturbances in family systems. She is the founder of the TraumaPlay® Institute, the Clinical Director of Nurture House, an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. Paris has an international reputation as a dynamic and compassionate speaker. She is a sought-after supervisor, a master clinician, and a prolific author. As a thought leader in the fields of child trauma and play therapy, she has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education, given a Ted Talk on Trauma and Play Therapy and served as the Executive Director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center. She is on the board of TNAPT and is the author of multiple chapters and articles including Play Therapy with Traumatized Children and Parents as Partners in Child Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide. Her twelfth book, Big Behaviors in Small Containers, is hot off the press! Paris finds great joy in training clinicians all over the world in helping children and their families speak the unspeakable.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with TraumaPlay Institute, Vanderbilt University, and Nurture House. She receives royalties as a published author and compensation as a consultant. Paris Goodyear-Brown receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the National Association of Social Workers.

Dafna Lender, LCSW's Profile

Dafna Lender, LCSW Related seminars and products

The Theraplay Institute

Dafna Lender, LCSW, is an international trainer and supervisor for practitioners who work with children and families. She is a certified trainer and supervisor/consultant in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and an EMDR therapist. Dafna’s expertise is drawn from 25 years of working with families with attachment in many settings: at-risk after school programs, therapeutic foster care, in-home crisis stabilization, residential care and private practice. Dafna’s style, whether as a therapist or teacher, is combining the light-hearted with the profound by bringing a playful, intense and passionate presence to every encounter. Dafna is the author of Integrative Attachment Family Therapy (2023) and co-author of Theraplay® - The Practitioner’s Guide (2020).


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dafna Lender maintains a private practice. She is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dafna Lender is an author for Psychotherapy Networker.

Cherie Spehar, LCSW, RPT-S™, ACTP's Profile

Cherie Spehar, LCSW, RPT-S™, ACTP Related seminars and products

Smiling Spirit Pathways

Cherie Spehar, LCSW, RPT-S™, ACTP, is a seasoned trauma healing practitioner and educator. Wither over three decades of experience, Cherie Spehar stands at the forefront of holistic therapeutic approaches. As a licensed clinical social worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Cherie blends traditional healing methods with innovative practices like ecotherapy and earth medicine, showcasing her dedication to diverse and integrative healing modalities. At the heart of Cherie’s work is Smiling Spirit Pathways, her private practice, where she creates a nurturing space of understanding and support for both children and adults.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cherie Spehar maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with The National Institute for Trauma and Loss, UNC School of Social Work, and New Leaf Behavioral Health. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Cherie Spehar is a member of The National Institute for Trauma and Loss, the Association for Play Therapy and the NASW.



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  1. List three symptoms that are often seen in children with complex trauma. 
  2. Explain what the ACES all have in common. 
  3. Name two aspects of Safety with Skin On. 
  4. List the components of the trauma treatment umbrella framework TraumaPlay. 
  5. Describe the role of caregivers in trauma recovery for children. 
  6. Explain the Paradigm Shift ‘Everything Belongs’ and how it challenges traditional views. 
  7. Define De-Pathologizing Symptoms in Practice.
  8. Name 3 Expressive Therapeutic Tools used to actualize transformation in children with complex trauma. 
  9. Describe the significance of parents own attachment style. 
  10. Describe the significance of repair in the parent- child relationship.
  11. List 3 possible reasons that lie beneath a parent’s defensive statement.
  12. List 2 techniques for Managing a parent’s dysregulation in the session so they do not shame, dominate, vent, etc.


Beyond the Basics of Childhood Trauma
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences - Brief overview
  • Three roles of attuned, contingently responsive adults
  • How the TraumaPlay™ Framework makes therapy easier
  • Map symptoms to guide treatment
  • Polyvagal Theory and safety with skin on
  • Primacy of parent involvement
  • Practical outcomes from new research

A Paradigm Shift in Trauma Care
“Everything Belongs”

  • Challenges in traditional views
  • Introducing the “shift”
  • Create more acceptance by de-pathologizing symptoms
  • Transform “messengers” into tools of resilience
  • Engage kids in the power of self-discovery learning
  • Harness the power of neurobiology to create new learning pathways
  • Strategies for clinicians: Adapting and personalizing the approach

Techniques to Improve the Parent-Child Bond after Trauma

  • Deciding on goals and length of parent-focused treatment
  • Tools for deepening parent’s regulation skills
  • Role plays, mindfulness practice, self-care
  • When & how to introduce healing conversations utilizing PACE Attitude

Experiential Activities, Exercises & New Approaches

  • Games that invite moments of attunement and delight
  • Easy-to-use narrative strategies for kids
  • Case examples
  • Simple ways to get kids talking in therapy
  • Collaborate with parents in reshaping child’s trauma story
  • Play and Expressive Therapy prompts that provide structure for narrative work
  • Create meaning that lasts beyond therapy
  • Respond to and guide parents to keep constructive communication on track
  • Helping parents stay open and engaged to support child’s healing
  • Learn gentle ways to intervene and redirect a misattuned or critical parent
  • Guiding parents in helpful responses within session
  • Get parents and kids talking in a safe space
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Panel Discussion
Bringing It All Together with Paris, Dafna, & Cherie

  • Integrating the holistic approach in everyday practice
  • Bringing the paradigm shift into real-world settings
  • Regulating defensive or shut-down parents
  • Do’s & don’ts of managing parent-child conflict in session
  • Case studies: Successful implementation and outcomes

Target Audience

  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Child and Adolescent Therapists
  • School Administrators


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