Seminar Detail

Attachment Centered Play Therapy: Repair Relational Trauma and Build Secure Attachment to Accelerate Family Treatment
Attachment Centered Play Therapy: Repair Relational Trauma and Build Secure Attachment to Accelerate Family Treatment

Where:   TUCSON, AZ

When:  Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

When trauma, grief, and loss disrupts the family system, a child may feel unprotected, unloved, or disbelieved, causing relational injury and at times rupture the attachment bond. Children, not having the words to express how they feel, display the hurt in maladaptive ways – aggression, rage, defiance, oppositional behaviors, shutting down, hiding away, or numbing. For the parent, shame is a factor. Shame that they can’t “parent away” the hurt and the misbehavior – that their love isn’t “good enough”.

How do we as therapists, help families begin repairing and rebuilding the lost connection/disruption?

Join me in this interactive day to discover an integrative therapeutic approach, Attachment Centered Play Therapy that includes the parents in the therapy process. The parent is integral in creating conditions of security and trustworthiness to address attachment wounds, trauma, grief and loss.

This developmentally appropriate, client-centered method brings a holistic, systemic approach to address:
  • Vulnerability to acknowledge the hurt, and the roadblocks
  • Challenging issues of shame, vulnerability, grief, and loss
  • Aggression and defiance and other maladaptive behavioral issues
  • Attachment centered and proactive strategies instead of reactivity or reactive responses
  • Repairing and strengthening the bonds of attachment between parent and child
  • Parents becoming a resource, as well as coregulator for their child
  • Rapport building with parents (this is a MUST in child and family therapy)
You’ll learn new and innovative attachment-centered play therapy techniques including hands on experiential activities, guided imagery, sand tray interventions, and expressive arts – practicing sand tray therapy, techniques assessing family relationships, bonds of attachment, and family dynamics.

We will explore difficult cases, ask questions, develop new assessment skills, and explore styles of attachment and how this plays out in therapeutic relationships with our clients.
Objectives:

  1. Evaluate how to introduce and maintain parent involvement in play therapy to promote a secure attachment.
  2. Demonstrate two attachment centered play therapy techniques to decrease aggression and defiance in children.
  3. Conceptualize generational attachment patterns and how these manifests in family-based play therapy.
  4. Analyze attachment theory as it applies to play therapy to provide integrated therapeutic treatment.
  5. Evaluate the four key concepts of attachment theory and how these concepts apply to attachment centered play therapy.
  6. Analyze various family systems through the lens of attachment theory to strengthen clinical assessment skills.
OUTLINE

Advancing Family Treatment with Play Therapy
  • 4 key concepts of attachment
  • Blending attachment theory with play therapy
  • Attachment patterns across the lifespan and impact on parent/child relationship
  • Risks and limitations
Invite Parents to Play -
  • Engagement strategies to strengthen parent/child relationship
    • Roadblocks and triggers – parent/child/therapist
    • Shame and vulnerability – shame shields
    • Build rapport and make room for parent in the playroom
      • Sand tray, genograms, play-based treatment planning
    • Establish boundaries and set expectations
    • Encourage participation
Attachment Centered Play Therapy Strategies
  • Treatment of relational trauma – Attachment, wounding and ruptures
    • Parent/child relationship cycle
    • Generational attachment patterns -
      • Catch me if you can
      • Butterfly fly away
      • Two hands
      • Empowerment collage
    • Case Studies of Abuse; Healing Attachment Wounds
Challenging Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Defiance, ODD, moodiness, anger, aggressiveness and school refusal
  • Attachment injuries at root of undesirable behavior
    • Prescriptive play therapy interventions
    • Self-regulation, co-regulation calm down jars, guided imagery
    • Case Studies of Extreme Defiance and School Refusal
Strategies to Promote Positive Attachment-Based Parenting
  • Maximize parent involvement to rebuild trust, repair injuries
  • Proactive vs reactive parenting
  • Get parent buy in
  • Case Study of Proactive vs Reactive Parenting
Target Audience

  • Play Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Educators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists

CLAIR MELLENTHIN, LCSW, RPT-S

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S, is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and is the past president of the Utah Association for Play Therapy. Throughout her career, she has focused on providing therapy to children, teens, and their families. Clair is the director of Child and Adolescent Services at Wasatch Family Therapy. She is a sought-after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. Clair is the author of Play Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders (PESI, 2018) and My Many Colors of Me Workbook. (Self-Published, 2013). In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, she frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings and appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues.




Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Clair Mellenthin is the clinical director at Wasatch Family Therapy. She is the author of My Many Colors of Me Workbook; she maintains intellectual property rights and receives royalties. Ms. Mellenthin receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Clair Mellenthin is the president of the Utah Association for Play Therapy.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and 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.

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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.

ARIZONA 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.

ARIZONA TEACHERS: This course is designed to qualify for 6.25 clock hours of Professional Development. This certificate is proof of your attendance. Please retain it in your records or use for submission as proof of completion when required.


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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This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PSYCHOLOGISTS/SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. 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).

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS ONLY: To be reported to ASHA, while completing the online post-test/evaluation, please answer YES to the question: “Are you a Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologist requesting to have your CEUs reported to the ASHA CE Registry?" and include your ASHA number. After completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, your information will automatically be sent to cepesi@pesi.com to be reported. If you forget to answer yes, please send an email to cepesi@pesi.com with the following information: full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, date you completed the post-test, and your name and your license number.


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits for completing this course. Course Level: Intermediate. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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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