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The Healing Power of Play Therapy:
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
Now Available For Preorder
This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on December 12, 2018.
Product Details
DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
6 hr 20 min
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
12/12/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  1. Articulate how to help children with complex trauma histories restore their capacity for playfulness and co-regulation.
  2. Evaluate the fight-or-flight response in children, and through play therapy techniques to teach children about the brain-body relationship.
  3. Evaluate which trauma-informed treatment components and play therapy techniques “fit” with the specific needs of children who have experienced developmental trauma.
  4. Implement play therapy techniques that are consistent with the core components of trauma-informed treatment.
  5. Develop trauma-informed goals and objectives based in play therapy theory to heal children and help them be available to learn.
  6. Determine how the standards of child-centered play therapy align with best practices for treating childhood trauma.
Neuroscience of Trauma and Attachment
  • Trauma & Attachment Theory
    • Regulatory processing, executive functioning, memory and language
  • The Neuroscience of Play Therapy
    • What Play Does for You and Your Brain, and
    • What Happens to You if You Don’t Play
  • Neuroscience and Fight-or-Flight
    • Parasympathetic / sympathetic nervous system
  • Trauma and Stress Disorders
    • Classification, symptoms & labels
  • Current Evidence-Based Treatment
    • Where are we stuck?
A New Clinical Framework - Integrating Evidenced Based Treatment with Play Therapy
  • Establishing safety and a sense of competence/worth
  • Appropriate attachments & relational engagement
  • Self-regulation (body & emotions)
  • Self-reflection & Introspection
  • Integration of Traumatic Experiences
  • (Acknowledgment & Processing of the trauma)
  • Future safety
  • Transitioning beyond the Trauma
Advancing Trauma Treatment with Play Therapy
  • Verbal vs Nonverbal responses
    • How to recognize trauma without a verbal report
  • Bottom-up versus Top-down processing
    • Embodied play & sensory integration rather than verbal strategies
  • Non-directive versus directive play therapy techniques - How to integrate both
    • Widen the window of tolerance through up-regulating and down-regulating using embodied therapy activities
Play Therapy Activities
  • Psychoeducation of brain-body relationship
    • Charades
    • Flip your Lid
  • Target shame, self-doubt, and self-compassion
    • Safe place sandtrays
    • Drawings
    • All About Me
  • Integrate traumatic experiences to acknowledge and process the trauma
    • Narrative work through sandtrays
    • Drawings
    • Dramatic play
  • Target the parent-child relationship - Interpersonal reactivity and social skills
    • Weather Massage
    • Invisible String
    • Family Sandtrays
    • Drawings
  • Improve emotional and bodily regulation
    • Be Spaghetti
    • Trashballs
    • Oobleck
    • Feelings Maps
    • Yoga
    • Floor is Lava & more!


Jennifer Lefebre, 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’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 is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jennifer Lefebre is a member of the Association of Play Therapy.
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.

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.

**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.

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Play Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Occupational Therapist