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Seminar Detail

Attachment Focused Play Therapy: Theraplay® Techniques to Transform Your Most Challenging, Resistant & Dysregulated Children

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is no longer available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Are you at a loss with how to work with children who don’t respond to traditional treatment? Have you already tried behavioral approaches, CBT, praise, sticker charts, consequences, coping skills and just about everything else? If what you have been doing isn’t working – it’s time to try Theraplay and get to the root of the issue. The playful, fun interventions are engaging and effective, revealing how children really feel about themselves and allowing for self-expression in a safe and age appropriate manner.

Theraplay reaches your most resistant, dysregulated and hard to manage children and rapidly transforms them into calmer, more cooperative kids so you can get the important therapeutic work done! You can create an atmosphere where children are happy to come to therapy and become quickly and fully engaged in the therapeutic process. By using the natural patterns of playful, healthy interactions between parent and child you will:
  • Strengthen attachment
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Create joyful engagement
  • Build trust in others
Theraplay also involves parents in an immediate and positive way, giving them experiences of success and pride in their children while repairing broken relationships. With the child, the parent and you the therapist all on the same team, you have a winning combination for positive and lasting change. Theraplay works where most other approaches fail.

Attend this experiential seminar and learn evidence-based activities to break through resistance and harness the power of the child-parent relationship to make rapid and dramatic changes. Take home strategies that will immediately transform children from aggressive and uncooperative to focused and relaxed.

End the frustration … Register today and reach kids with Theraplay! Appropriate for children of all ages from infants through teenagers.

  1. Establish the purpose of each of the four Dimensions of Relationship to improve treatment outcomes.
  2. Assess behavior to determine which of the four dimensions a child needs help with to best inform your choice of treatment interventions.
  3. Implement one activity from each dimension to improve client engagement.
  4. Explore interventions that focus and calm an overactive/chaotic child in a clinical setting.
  5. Recommend interventions that turn a child’s resistance into cooperation and can be put to practical use in-session
  6. Utilize techniques to effectively capture a child’s attention in-session.
  7. Specify methods for reengaging an angry/discouraged parent to improve child’s level of functioning.

  • Look at problematic behavior through a new lens
  • Respond to the emotional needs underneath the behaviors
  • Address behavioral problems, gain connection and cooperation
  • Build and enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust & engagement
  • Build a positive parent/child relationship
  • Build relationships from the inside out
  • Assess for needs of structure, engagement, nurture & challenge
Relationship Building Interactions That Really Work for Children with
  • Aggressive/defiant behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Shame
  • Trauma/Abuse/Neglect
  • Attachment disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Low self-esteem
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Hyperactivity
Building Structure for the Overactive Child
  • Decrease arguments and gain cooperation using playful strategies
  • Help children feel calmer using movement & touch
  • Organize a chaotic child through the use of rhythm and voice tone
  • Help child stay focused by eliminating distractions
  • Video case example: Transformation from a disruptive, controlling, intense child to a very cooperative child
Engaging the Disconnected Child
  • Capture and keep a child’s attention
  • Make sense of non-verbal communication & get kids talking
  • Turn passivity into cooperation by accepting
  • Create and solidify connection by fostering moments of joy
  • Increase empathy through eye contact, touch and turn taking
  • Video case example: Watch an angry, rejecting 13 year old child turn into a giggling, enthusiastic participant
Nurturing Self-Worth for the Insecure Child
  • Strengthen the parent-child attachment
  • Tend to the child’s underlying needs
  • Increase self-esteem and make a child feel unique
  • Prevent outbursts & trauma-based aggression with calming & soothing activities
  • Video case example: Witness a severely neglected, dysregulated 4 year old relax and feel open to her parents care
Building Confidence in the Child with Low Self Esteem
  • Techniques that allow the child to feel accomplished
  • Activities to make a child feel proud and admired
  • Experiences that allow child to feel comfortable taking appropriate risk
  • Develop resilience
  • Video case example: Watch as a 16 year old with low self-esteem shifts to feeling strong, proud and confident
Special Populations/Circumstances
  • Complex trauma
  • Foster care
  • Abuse & neglect
Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Language Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Cindy Mitchell Perkins, LCPC, has been in private psychotherapy practice for over 20 years, specializing in attachment and trauma issues, and school & learning issues. She is a certified Theraplay® Practitioner, certified Theraplay® Trainer and a certified Theraplay® Supervisor. Cindy works with all ages using Theraplay®, DDP, Music OT activities and the Listening Program in her practice.

Cindy is a seasoned presenter on a variety of therapeutic and educational topics. Her passion is to share the amazing power of Theraplay® with mental health practitioners and other professionals. Cindy will show you how Theraplay® can re-energize your practice, leading to dramatic, positive results in your work with children and families.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cindy Mitchell Perkins maintains a private practice. She receives a consulting fee from Theraplay®. Ms. Mitchell Perkins receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cindy Mitchell Perkins has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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 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.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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

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.

Massachusetts Counselors: Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP continuing education credits has been submitted. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Rhode Island Counselors: We’re working to get you credit. Updates will be posted as they become available.

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.

Massachusetts Marriage & Family Therapists: This course has been submitted for review for continuing education approval. Credit is pending.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

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.

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

Rhode Island Psychologists: Rhode Island Regulation 15.9.2 confirms acceptance of continuing education programs for psychologists from organizations that offer any continuing education program relevant to psychology and sponsored or approved by other recognized professional psychological organizations; including the national and state professional associations for all licensed mental health professions in this state.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Social Workers
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 this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

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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