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Understanding Trauma and using Play Therapy Interventions with children.

Chronic stress, childhood adversity and various forms of trauma are often encountered by children, families and communities in our work. Children learn to make sense of their world through a healthy co-regulating relationship with their primary caregiver and other significant adults in their lives. Play is a universal language and significant way of how children understand and express themselves and connect with others and their environment.

This workshop focuses on introducing attachment and trauma theory, and ways to understand and work with nervous system and emotional regulation to help children and youth cope and work through adverse life experiences. It also offers a great opportunity for participants to be introduced to Play Therapy and will provide a variety of tools, along with directive and non-directive interventions to use with clients of a wide age range. This experiential training explores how to understand and apply strategies to support children, youth and families on their path to healing.

Throughout the presentation we will utilise short videos, hands-on and experiential practices, as well as group discussions. This workshop will cover:

· Attachment and trauma theory

· Adverse Childhood Experiences

· Tools for nervous system regulation

· Creative Interventions for Emotional Awareness and Regulation

· Somatic Approaches and Body-Based (embodied) exercises

· How Play Therapy can help with Trauma

· Creative-Based Therapy

· Using Directive and Non-Directive Play Therapy

Who should Attend.

This is a beginner to intermediate level workshop suitable for educators, health care and mental health professionals (psychologists & psychiatrists), counsellors, social workers and other professionals wanting to gain increased knowledge and skills in helping children and youth.

It is for anyone who works with / is supporting families and young people who have experienced trauma.

Visit the website for more information - https://www.grow.co.nz/play-therapy-2021/

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