Certificate in Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Healing the body through play – Jennifer Lefebre , Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW
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Early in my career, a young girl who had been completely non-verbal following a traumatic event came into my office. I wasn’t sure what to do, so we silently played with pipe cleaners.
The next day her mother called to tell me her daughter smiled after our session. It was her first smile in 6 months.
Once I saw how powerful play, connection and touch can be in healing trauma, I knew I needed to learn more. I became a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and received specialized training for working with kids and complex trauma.
After years of working with kids and trauma, what I’ve discovered is simple:
By incorporating play into our trauma treatment models, we give words to the voiceless and power to the powerless.
When you integrate play therapy with the core components of the leading evidence-based trauma treatments like EMDR, Trauma Focused CBT, and more, you can unlock a powerful approach that can help your clients achieve lasting results.
Let me teach you the tools, strategies and techniques you need to effortlessly blend play into your clinical practice. Join me today for my comprehensive certificate course, and I’ll show you step-by-step how you can help heal unspeakable heartache and offer your clients hope through the power of play.
What Will I learn?
This comprehensive certificate provides the foundation of skills you need to successfully integrate play therapy with the leading evidence-based trauma treatment models.
You’ll begin by taking a deep dive into the treatment of trauma followed by an important view of the ethics of touch in therapy.
You’ll end the training confident in your ability to implement play-based trauma interventions in a fun, engaging, safe and appropriate manner.
Trauma Treatment for Children & Adolescents — Healing the Body Through Play
Through 9 video lessons, Dr. Jennifer Lefebre will provide you the step-by-step guidance you need tomake it easier for the children in your practice to process trauma.
You’ll begin Module 1 by exploring the neuroscience of childhood trauma and trauma theory. You’ll then build on the foundations of trauma with a deep dive into assessment tools and strategies for complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder and more.
Next, Dr. Jenn will show you a new, integrated clinical framework that incorporates play therapy into proven evidence-based models including:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC)
- Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education Therapy (TARGET)
- Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
Finally, you’ll learn how to effortlessly use play therapy techniques into your daily practice. Together, you’ll explore how to use sandtrays, drawings, embodied play and more to target shame, self-doubt, indiscriminate attachments, and interpersonal reactivity.
By the end of Module 1, you will understand how to develop a treatment plan that establishes safety, increases self-compassion, improves emotional and bodily regulation, and advances your trauma treatment.
The Ethics of Touch with Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S
What if that simple caring hug you gave a child in a therapy session somehow triggered a report to your licensing board?
Do you know what to do when a child hits you during a session?
What about when a child tries to touch you inappropriately?
In Module 2, Dr. Janet Courtney explores these ethical considerations of touch, including current research, cultural concerns, and the importance of touch to human development.
You’ll see in-the-moment interventions and case examples that deal with issues related to attachment, autism, ADHD, Sensory processing disorder, and physical and sexual abuse.
- 20+ clinical and ethical best practice guidelines
- 10 different types of touch that can occur in a therapy session
- 4 ways to evaluate for a child’s psychosocial experiences related to touch
- 5 therapeutic interventions to handle in-the-moment ethical dilemmas in a play therapy session
- …and more
Complete the training and get the tools and strategies you need to…
Adapt the program. Whether you have 20 minutes or an hour, work in a school setting, have your own therapy room, or practice in-home therapy, you’ll learn tips and tricks to make play therapy work for you.
Integrate a holistic approach. With play therapy, you can get to the heart of the problem and improve behaviors such as aggression, defiance, emotional instability, and more, without the use of medication.
Improve compliance. Play therapy homework is fun. And when your clients and their families integrate the easy and engaging activities you’ll learn in this course at home, you’ll meet your clinical goals faster.
Incorporate families. Unlike other modalities, play therapy is easy to do with families. You’ll learn simple ways to adapt the tools and strategies you use one-on-one with your client to also include families — so you can help build stronger, healthier relationships.
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