Trauma-Focused Play Therapy for Children & Adolescents


Trauma-Focused Play Therapy for Children & Adolescents
Trauma-Focused Play Therapy for Children & Adolescents

$149.00 $75.00

3 CE Hour Training

3 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.

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. This course provides 3 Contact Hour Live Online credits

Sponsored by: Core Wellness, LLC

Presented by: Dr. Sue Futeral, PhD, LCSW-C, C-EAT

Date: Monday July 22, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

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. Participants will, hopefully 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: Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Part 3: Working with adolescents

Via Live Interactive Webinar ONLY


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.

Course Agenda

10:30-11:30 AM
11:30-12:30 PM
12:30-01:30 PM
Defining trauma, ACEs, play therapy and CBT
10 skills for working with children
5 skills for working with adolescents; challenging situations, Q&A

Defining trauma, ACEs, play therapy and CBT

10 skills for working with children

5 skills for working with adolescents; challenging situations, Q&A



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