Seminar Detail

Theraplay® Interventions for Your Most Oppositional & Challenging Children
Theraplay® Interventions for Your Most Oppositional & Challenging Children

Where:  KING OF PRUSSIA, PA

When:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Do you struggle with children who:
  • Are aggressive and defiant?
  • Wreck your treatment room and waste your materials?
  • Act chaotic, silly and/or will not sit still?
  • Refuse to talk and are disengaged?
  • Behave inappropriately (oppositional, controlling, avoid eye contact)?
Are you also frustrated with parents who are angry and won’t listen to your advice? Parents who are resentful and dissatisfied with you, as well as their own child? If you answered YES to any of the above then you need to attend this seminar! I will show you evidence-based activities to break through resistance and harness the power of the child-parent relationship to make rapid and dramatic changes.

Theraplay reaches your most resistant, traumatized, dysregulated and hard to manage children and rapidly transforms them into a calmer, more cooperative child so you can get therapeutic work done! Theraplay helps you create an atmosphere where children are happy to come to therapy and become quickly and fully engaged in the therapeutic process. Theraplay also involves parents in an immediate and positive way, giving them experiences of success and pride in their children, so they can feel motivated to support them. With the child, the parent and you, the therapist, all on the same team you have a winning combination for positive and lasting change.

Over 1/3 of your day will be spent practicing therapeutic techniques you can implement immediately!
Objectives:

  1. Describe the purpose of each of the four Dimensions of Relationship: Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge.
  2. Assess child behavior to determine which of the four dimensions a child is in need of.
  3. Demonstrate one activity from each dimension.
  4. Compare and contrast interventions to focus and calm an overactive/chaotic child.
  5. Discuss interventions that turn a child’s resistance into cooperation.
  6. Implementation techniques for effectively capturing a child’s attention.
  7. List methods for reengaging an angry/discouraged parent.
OUTLINE

The 4 Dimensions of Theraplay®
  • To Address Behavioral Problems and Gain Connection Cooperation
    • Structure: organization and safety
    • Engagement: connection, joy, co-regulation of strong emotions
    • Nurture: calming, emotional nourishment, secure base
    • Challenge: recognition, ride, celebration of self
Calm an Overactive/Aggressive/Oppositional Child
  • Strategies to prevent outbursts and trauma-based aggression (The P.R.O.M.P.T) method)
    • Proximity
    • Rhythm
    • Optimal movement
    • Touch response
  • Techniques to identify non-verbal signs of stress
  • Activities for turning resistance into a connecting experience
  • Video case examples: transformation from aggressive & uncooperative to focused & relaxed
Engage the Disconnected Child
  • Strategies to capture and keep a child’s attention (The G.R.E.A.T. method)
    • Gesture
    • Rhythm
    • Eye contact
    • Affect
    • Tone communication
  • Activities that children can’t resist getting involved in
    • Cotton ball war
    • Shaving ball pass
  • Interventions to turn passivity into cooperation
    • Aluminum foil print
    • Paper punch
  • Techniques to make sense of non-verbal communication & get child to start talking
    • Cotton ball blow
    • Balloon pass
  • Video case example: before and after of clients ages 1-17
Promote Positive Parent-Child Relationship
  • Activities to strengthen the parent-child attachment
    • Cotton ball hockey
    • Mirror mirror
    • Measuring
  • Techniques to increase empathy by using eye contact, touch and turn-taking
    • Eye signal dance
    • Slippery slip
  • Activities that create and solidify connection by fostering moments of joy
    • Balancing pillows
    • Feather decorate
  • Interventions to decrease arguments and gain cooperation
    • Identify a child engaging in a power struggle before they do
    • Identify when oppositionality is really a trauma reaction
    • Empathy to melt oppositional behaviors
    • Know when to cool it
  • Strategies to increase self-esteem and make a child feel unique
    • Special snack
    • Twinkle song
    • Favorite things
    • Powder prints
  • Video case example: high and low functioning clients

DAFNA LENDER, LCSW

Dafna Lender, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of child welfare and child mental health for 20+ years. Dafna serves as the program director at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL and is certified as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna trains psychotherapists internationally in these methods and trains in three languages.

Dafna’s focus is children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. Early in her career, Dafna worked in treatment foster care and witnessed child after child “fail” out of foster placements due to difficult behavior. Children were disruptive, unsettled and unhappy, and their caregivers felt defeated. Dafna’s sense of discouragement went way after taking the Theraplay training and learning direct, concrete ideas and interactions that she could apply in home with her treatment families to promote healthier, stable relationships. Dafna has successfully treated children with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dafna Lender has an employment relationship with The Theraplay Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Dafna Lender has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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.

DELAWARE COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The State Board of Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association or NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

NEW JERSEY COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The New Jersey Board of Marriage and Family Examiners-Professional Counselors Examiners Committee recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association or NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


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, Professional 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.

NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #10 Course #1408 from 04-13-17 to 04-13-19. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical 6.25.

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PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors will recognize and accept continuing education programs that are sponsored by providers approved by the American Psychological Association and the ASWB. This course will qualify for 6.0 credits. Full attendance is required, variable credits may not be awarded per the Pennsylvania State Board.


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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