Educational and Mental Health professionals are invited to join us in engaging and practical workshops designed to expand their knowledge base and develop skills in working with children and families. For the 2010-2011 school year, the offerings begin with an essential overview of attachment-based Child Therapy and then offer programs focused on specific interests.
Workshops for Fall 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Attachment-Based Child Therapy: An Introduction to Theraplay®
In the past fifty years Bowlby’s Attachment Theory has reframed our view of how parents and children interact to influence a child’s development. Advances in Neurobiology have clarified and supported this view. Theraplay is a method of enhancing attachment, engagement, self- esteem and trust in others. It is based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child. It is personal, physical, engaging and fun. Child therapists and counselors now have available a powerful frame of reference for understanding behavior and relationships. This workshop provides an overview of the theory and demonstrates exciting and powerful strategies for helping clients. Video examples and role playing opportunities bring the work home. Content:
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Group Theraplay is an adult-directed, structured play group that incorporates playful, cooperative and nurturing activities that enhance the emotional well-being and prosocial skills of children. Group Theraplay is beneficial to all children, not just those with behavioral, emotional or developmental problems. Leaders create an atmosphere of fun, caring, acceptance and encouragement which allows children to grow socially, emotionally and often intellectually as well.
Theraplay groups are used primarily in pre-schools, elementary school classrooms, and residential treatment programs. They have been adapted for parent-child dyads in groups, institutionalized adults, adolescents and other populations. (With Introductory, meets requirement toward Group Theraplay Specialist Certification)
Teachers, counselors and mental health professionals use Theraplay groups to:
Workshops planned for Spring 2011:
Working with Children Who Have Aspergers Disorder
Working with Withdrawn and Depressed Children