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Survives from Trauma, Thrives in Drama:
Incorporating Trauma-Informed Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents

As many play therapists may know- or really, any of us who once walked the halls of middle school, drama is a culture of childhood and adolescence. Beneath the drama of catty comments and backhanded compliments often lies a foundation built on complex trauma. Drama is another word for play, and as is often the case, external drama can offer a mask to underlying trauma ingrained in a person’s psyche. Adolescence is hard enough. It is a time of uncertainty, of transition, of multiple changes into the unfamiliar and unknown. Add in the pervasive effects of complex trauma- multiple traumatic events or exposure, and viola! You have concocted a perfect storm of tumultuous teen angst. This training aims to examine the underlying factors of complex trauma, as this form of developmental trauma influences all facets of a young person’s life. Play therapists can benefit from a three-phase play therapy approach to stabilizing that traumatized child or teen, addressing underlying trauma themes and helping the young person reconnect with self, others, and the world around them. As deep-seated as trauma can be, it can defy any language to describe it. Play therapists can use the language of play to cross these barriers and help the child client access and share their story.

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Survives from Trauma, Thrives in Drama:
Incorporating Trauma-Informed Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents

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Presenter: Christina Scott, LPCC-S, NCC

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Course Length: 3 Hours

Learning Objectives:
  1. ♦ Define complex trauma and identify effects it can have on children and adolescents.
  2. ♦ Identify the three phases of an integrative play therapy approach to treating trauma in young people.
  3. ♦ Demonstrate at least two interventions for each phase.

As many play therapists may know- or really, any of us who once walked the halls of middle school, drama is a culture of childhood and adolescence. Beneath the drama of catty comments and backhanded compliments often lies a foundation built on complex trauma. Drama is another word for play, and as is often the case, external drama can offer a mask to underlying trauma ingrained in a person’s psyche. Adolescence is hard enough. It is a time of uncertainty, of transition, of multiple changes into the unfamiliar and unknown. Add in the pervasive effects of complex trauma- multiple traumatic events or exposure, and viola! You have concocted a perfect storm of tumultuous teen angst. This training aims to examine the underlying factors of complex trauma, as this form of developmental trauma influences all facets of a young person’s life. Play therapists can benefit from a three-phase play therapy approach to stabilizing that traumatized child or teen, addressing underlying trauma themes and helping the young person reconnect with self, others, and the world around them. As deep-seated as trauma can be, it can defy any language to describe it. Play therapists can use the language of play to cross these barriers and help the child client access and share their story.

Learning Objectives:
  1. ♦ Define complex trauma and identify effects it can have on children and adolescents.
  2. ♦ Identify the three phases of an integrative play therapy approach to treating trauma in young people.
  3. ♦ Demonstrate at least two interventions for each phase.
Agenda:

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.Educate on complex trauma and implications of complex trauma in the treatment of youth.

10:30 -11:00 a.m.       Describe the first phase (Stabilization and Safety) of an integrative play therapy approach aimed at treating complex trauma and provide case examples/interventions.

11:00 -11:30 a.m. Provide overview on Phase II (Trauma Processing) and illustrate with case examples and play therapy interventions to use during phase.

11:30 -12:00 p.m. Engage participants in an interaction exercise.

12:00 -12:30 p.m. Discuss Phase III (Reconnection and Reintegration); participate in case examples and specific interventions to this phase.

12:00 – 12:50 p.m.Examine and practice play therapy interventions during various phases of trauma-informed treatment.

12:50 – 1:00 p.m. Q & A, closing remarks


This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: introductory
Level of Clinician: beginner
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.