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Integrating Somatic & Sensory Therapies with Play Therapy for Complex Traum...

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Living Hope Community Church

38 West End Avenue

Greenwich, CT 06870

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3 APT CEU’s (Association for Play Therapy)

Many of our young clients are referred to treatment due to rapidly shifting states of arousal, affect, thinking, and/or behavior. Knowing how to accurately read these cues and provide appropriate interventions is key to working with these challenges. Adapting to the environment—and the constantly changing needs and demands on the nervous system—requires very complex processing in the brain, which is not always possible. Depending on the neuro-behavioral state of the brain, a child may need an increased or a decreased amount of sensory input.

In this 3-hour workshop, grounded in play therapy and integrative theories (trauma, neuroscience, attachment), we will explore how trauma affects the development of the brain and body, emphasizing the use of body language and non-verbal cues to understand the "somatic narrative" in treatment rather than relying on verbal communication alone. Participants will learn trauma-informed sensory activities, movements, and embodied play therapy interventions to decrease trauma symptoms, increase resiliency, adopt meaning-making, and build new competencies. You will learn how to use simple, specific, and playful strategies to calm the nervous system in only a minute or two!

Objectives:

  1. Describe and recognize at least 3 movement patterns, gestures or non-verbal cues that play therapists and others can view as an indication of a child’s psychological experience.

  2. Learn 6 (or more) embodied play therapy techniques for working with trauma-related symptoms in children and adolescents.

  3. Define 3 of the key dysregulation symptoms in clients that demonstrate the fight-or-flight response.

  4. Discover 6 (or more) integrative play therapy strategies to improve affect regulation and foster resilience in children with complex trauma.

Easy walking distance from Metro North Old Greenwich Train Station.

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Living Hope Community Church

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Greenwich, CT 06870

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