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Wear Your C.A.P.E - A Superhero Framework Using Play Therapy

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C.A.P.E. is a neurobiology-informed framework using Play Therapy to help difficult, defiant, and anxious children and adolescents heal.

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Establishing and maintaining therapeutic rapport is critical for engaging our clients in the change process. In order to individualize treatment to the specific clinical needs of their clients, many mental health professionals and play therapists use an integrated approach to therapy, which requires a framework to clinically ground their treatment interventions for successful resolution of mental health challenges.

This online training for mental health professionals provides an overview of a neurobiology-informed C.A.P.E. framework for implementing play therapy and expressive arts interventions with children who are struggling with emotion regulation and anxiety challenges. Participants will identify how to effectively create a therapeutic space using the therapeutic powers of play with difficult, defiant, and anxious children to help them engage in the change process and regulate their emotions. Participants will learn at least 2 play therapy interventions to create safety and regulate emotions.

Training Objectives

Participants will:

  • Explain the neurobiology of safety and attachment for creating a strong therapeutic space for using play & expressive arts therapy
  • Describe the C.A.P.E neurobiology-informed framework for integrating play therapy and expressive arts for establishing therapeutic rapport with difficult, defensive, and anxious children and teens and inviting them to engage in the change process.
  • Describe the therapeutic powers of play critical for establishing therapeutic rapport, safety, and engaging clients in the change process
  • Demonstrate at least 2 play therapy and expressive arts techniques for establishing therapeutic rapport


• 60 minutes: Explain the neurobiology of emotion regulation using with the reseChild-Centeredarch of Daniel Siegel, Jak Panksepp, and Stephen Porges to provide a foundation for understanding factors contributing to emotion dysregulation and help play therapists more effectively establish therapeutic rapport with their clients and parents.

• 30 minutes: Explain the C.A.P.E. framework and the therapeutic powers of play and neurobiology that clinically ground the C.A.P.E. framework

• 20 minutes: Demonstrate two play techniques to create safety and emotion regulation

• 10 minutes: Question and answers

Who is appropriate for this training? Mental health professionals providing psychotherapy to children, youth, and families.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 (Online event)

Time: 8am - 10am Pacfic Time zone (USA)

Where: online

Cost: $30 for 3 hour training

Additional cost of $15 for CEs

Refund policy: Written notification must be provided to Cathi Spooner at cathispooner@gmail.com no later than 02/01/2021effectively midnight Pacific Time zone

Approval for 2 continuing education credits (additional fee):

  • Utah Chapter, NASW Approved for Category 1 and Category 3
  • Association for Play Therapy Approved Child-CentereddegreeadditionalProvider #20-621
    • Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals
    • Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time event is approved for 2 contact CE hours. Utah Chapter for social workers Approved for Category 1 and Category 3

Participants must be present and visible for the entire training, complete an evaluation, and post-test with a 75% passing score to receive the continuing education hours.

For mental health professionals pursuing a Registered Play Therapy (RPT) certification, this training fits into Category 3: Play Therapy Skills and Methods. Here’s my rationale: the seminal and historically significant theories underlying this training are Play Therapy/Humanistic and Ecosystemic/Prescriptive Play Therapy. Play Therapy/Humanistic because the use of the therapeutic relationship is critical for the change process. Ecosystemic/Prescriptive play therapy models provide a framework for the integration of theories to individualize the interventions used to meet the needs of individual clients. This training uses these seminal and historically significant theories as the foundation for the inclusion of neuroscience to inform the treatment process and use interventions based on the needs of each client/family within a safe, strong therapeutic relationship.

Check out the other two trainings in this series. You can take each one separately or all three in the series.

Taming Strong Emotions Using Play Therapy to Teach Emotion Regulation Skills

Parents in the Play Therapy Process

If you complete all three trainings, you'll be eligible to participate in a free case consultation group to help you apply the information from the trainings for your specific client needs.

About the Presenter:

Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S is passionate about helping families heal by empowering mental health professionals learn to successfully integrate play therapy and expressive arts into clinical practice with confidence and nurturing hearts so they can become experts in their field working with children, adolescents, and families And help families heal to create strong communities.

She has been providing mental health treatment to children, adolescents, and adults since 1992. Prior to obtaining her Masters of Social, she was a special educator teaching children with emotional disturbances since 1984. She's worked in outpatient mental health settings, intensive mental health services, substance abuse settings, and residential treatment settings. This vast experience has provided the experience and knowledge to help mental health professionals working in a variety of settings learn to confidently integrate play therapy and expressive arts into clinical practice with their clients. Her ability to break down concepts and help mental health professionals apply clinical decision-making strategies with their clients has helped mental health professionals use play therapy and expressive arts with their clients. She has provided professional trainings to mental health professionals at the local, state, national, and international levels.

By participating in this training you consent to be Workrecorded during the live training and receiving email notifications about the event and future events. You can unsubscribe at any time after the event or by providing notification to Cathi Spooner directly. Notifications about this event will only be provided via email therefore a valid email address is required.

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