Trauma-Focused Play Therapy for Children & Adolescents

Trauma-Focused Play Therapy For Children & Adolescents


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3 CE Wednesday, Mar, 04, 2020 03.00 PM to 06.00 PM EST
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Joseph Tropper
Joseph Tropper, MS, LCPC, CCTP
Senior Presenter
CE Director & Clinical Supervisor

Joseph Tropper, MS, LCPC holds a Master’s degree in mental health counseling and is a highly sought-after trauma therapist, trainer &... Show More


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Course Description

One of the most challenging situations clinicians face is helping children and adolescents process, cope and heal from trauma. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network defines Childhood trauma as exposure to child abuse (physical, sexual or emotional); death, loss, grief, medical trauma, natural disasters, exposure to violence (domestic and community); bullying, refugee trauma, terrorism and complex trauma.

Research studies developed by Kaiser Permanente and the Child Guidance Clinic in PA have shown that youth with 4 or more ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are at high risk for addictions, mental health and physical health concerns as they mature.

As practitioners, our job is to help children develop a sense of Safety (the child feels cared for) ; Self-regulation (helping child modulate arousal); Self-reflective information processing (reflect); Traumatic experiences integration (resolution); Relational engagement (appropriate attachments); and Positive Affect Enhancement (self-worth), as they heal from the trauma they have experienced.

This course will help prepare you to help youth with a trauma history through the utilization of evidenced based play therapy techniques such as Sand Therapy; Art Therapy; Doll-house, dolls, figurines, babies, bottles; Trucks, fire engines, cars; Plastic figures, army guys, bugs; legos, kinnex and magna-tiles; Masks, capes, and dress-up materials; Play dough, clay, kinetic sand; Puppets and Theater; Constructive toys; Doctor kits and Medical supplies; Food, plates ; Music- instruments and song and narratives.

As clinicians, we have the awesome responsibility to guide youth and their families through the healing of the trauma and help them gain mastery of their lives through social and emotional learning.

Course Objectives

Participants will gain a greater sense of knowledge of many techniques and strategies to help their clients.

  • Part 1: Foundations of Trauma-Focused Play Therapy
  • Part 2: Working with children
  • Part 3: Working with adolescents

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn foundations of trauma theory and the rationale for play therapy utilization in treatment.
  • Participants will learn about 3 separate ACE studies, their outcomes and clinical applications.
  • Participants will learn two techniques in making clients feel comfortable expressing and procession their feelings and emotions.
  • Participants will learn a three-phase treatment model for working with children and adolescents who experienced trauma.

CE Details:

3 Category I/A CEU awarded by Core Wellness, a Maryland Social Work Examiners approved CE sponsor. Our credits are accepted by the Maryland Boards of Psychology and Professional Counselors and Therapists as well as the social work boards of DC, Virginia, WV and Michigan. Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same as live in person by all Maryland boards.

Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167Note: This course provides 3 Contact Hours live online credits (via interactive webinar) or live in-person credits (when taken in person).

Refund Policy:

See full site policies. Full refund up to 7 days in advance of training; within 7 days, it can be transferred or credited.


Trauma-Focused Play Therapy for Children & Adolescents
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  • Defining trauma, ACEs, play therapy and CBT 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • 10 skills for working with children 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • 5 skills for working with adolescents; challenging situations, Q&A 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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I wish we could have spoken not just have the chat option. Also, perhaps there could have been more time to think things through.


I thought that the information shared by the presenter was relevant. I got what I expected. I appreciate that she provided resources that will support... Show More


Good course for someone fairly new to the field of trauma informed treatment and play therapy in general.


Very well done training. I learned valuable tools to help traumatized children. Love that I did not need to travel and stayed home while being trained... Show More

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