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Attachment Focused Play Therapy:
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
Now Available For Preorder
This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on November 30, 2018.
Product Details
DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI Publishing & Media
11/30/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  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.

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



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.
Continuing Education Credits

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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.

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**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.

Case Managers, Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Play Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals