Seminar Detail

The Power of Play: Proven Strategies for Treating Trauma and Attachment in Children & Adolescents
The Power of Play: Proven Strategies for Treating Trauma and Attachment in Children & Adolescents

Where:  ROSEVILLE, MN

When:  Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Play therapy is a powerful tool for children who’ve experienced trauma. It is a safe space where they can feel in control, learn how to identify and manage distressing symptoms and give language to what they are feeling within their body and mind.

In this innovative, day-long workshop, we will explore how trauma impacts the brain, the resulting impact on the parent-child relationship, as well as how to effectively treat and resolve trauma symptoms utilizing attachment-centered play therapy techniques.

By giving children opportunities to work in a child-centered setting, you will observe and document how children:
  • Utilize gradual exposure
  • Regulate affect
  • Gain knowledge of their traumatic experiences
  • Manage their experiences that can feel overwhelming or frightening
This trauma-anchored model teaches you powerful play therapy interventions. It deepens metaphor work by amplifying the child’s ability to explore the material they externalize, and provides the child with a safe, predictable environment for processing interpersonal trauma. You will learn techniques to value children’s pacing, respect defensive strategies, and seek to help children build alternative skills to cope with difficult thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
Objectives:
  1. Discover how trauma impacts brain development, and how play therapy can strengthen relationships, and improve behavior.
  2. Describe three complex trauma warning signs and how to assess for them.
  3. Define areas of the brain affected by trauma and the resulting behavioral symptoms exhibited in children.
  4. Identify attachment wounds caused by trauma and the resulting behavioral symptoms exhibited in children.
  5. Discover how play therapy can help clients heal from and move beyond their personal trauma – letting go of their victim status and embracing their new role as a survivor.
  6. Define how attachment theory applies to play therapy and how to view family systems through the lens of attachment.
  7. Discover 5 play therapy techniques in becoming more competent and confident in engaging parents in family play therapy.
  8. Show an effective evidence-based play therapy technique that can treat trauma symptoms and can be used immediately with your child and family clients.
OUTLINE

Framework of Attachment Theory
  • Rethinking the Attachment Spectrum
  • 4 Key concepts of Attachment Theory
  • Creating safety in parent-child relationship
The Brain-Behavior Relationship
  • Parts of the brain affected by trauma
  • Regulatory processing and executive functioning
  • Impact on right brain and its behavioral consequence
  • Warning signs of trauma
  • Trauma impact on the parent-child relationship
  • Behavior and emotional challenges
Proven Play Therapy Techniques to Strengthen Parent-Child Attachment
  • Decrease whining, clinging, angry, avoidant behaviors in child clients
  • Improve family relationships and communication skills
  • Rebuild trust in the parent-child relationship
  • Promote whole-child and whole-brain healing
Play Therapy Techniques to Treat Trauma, Utilizing Attachment-Centered Therapy
  • Guided Imagery to teach distress tolerance
  • Lemon Squeezies – Full Body Relaxation to reconnect with the body, decrease trauma symptoms
  • My Many Colors of Me – Increase emotional intelligence and connect feelings to words instead of acting out behaviors
  • Inside/Outside Box – Increase self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Telling My Story – Create age-appropriate trauma narratives
  • Maximize the role of parents and caretakers
  • Create hands-on tools to decrease trauma symptoms: flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and nightmares

JENNIFER LEFEBRE-MCGEVNA, PSY.D., RPT-S

Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, Psy.D., RPT-S, is a clinical supervisor and EMDR consult facilitator at the Trauma Center. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in 2006.

She is a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor, and has received specialized training in Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY), Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Theraplay, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT-A). She is working toward becoming an EMDRIA-approved consultant, and is an EMDR (Level II) clinician. Additionally, she is an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant.

Dr. Lefebre-McGevna’s clinical and research interests center on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. She has experience working with young children (0-5), adult survivors of severe childhood abuse and neglect, and combat veterans with PTSD. She has worked in residential treatment, psychiatric inpatient and community mental health settings, and schools, and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has provided trainings around the country integrating play therapy and evidence-based trauma practices.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna is a member of the Association of Play Therapy.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. 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.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.




PLAY THERAPISTS
PESI, Inc. is an APT Approved Provider 05-165. Full attendance at this program will qualify for 6.0 contact hours. Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.


COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

MINNESOTA COUNSELORS: This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for 6.25 hours of credit for LPC’s.

WISCONSIN COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


EDUCATORS/TEACHERS
This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

WISCONSIN EDUCATORS: This course may be used toward your Professional Development Plan if it meets your individual goals. Please contact DPI with questions regarding individual PDP’s. This course is 6.25 clock hours.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS
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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

MINNESOTA SOCIAL WORKERS: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This course has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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