Webinar: The Brain on Play: Neurobiologically Informed Approaches to Play Therapy 2021
April 16th, 2021
As play therapists, we often see clients who are struggling with dysregulation related to early adversity. The resulting behaviors can be confusing and distressing: rejection of nurturance, acting out in one setting but not in another, play that seems chaotic or constricted, distressing outbursts, etc. In this training, participants will learn various play-based techniques that can help clients regulate across different environments while promoting healthy development. Participants will also identify ways to help clients (and ourselves!) integrate simple, neurobiologically-informed play therapy practices into a daily routine to increase feelings of safety. This training will also review how principles of attachment theory and neuroscience can strengthen the effectiveness of play therapy interventions. Participants will:
- Identify play therapy interventions that help modulate sensory input for children with acute and traumatic stress.
- Discuss how an understanding of play therapy and attachment can increase a client’s capacity for regulation and healthy relationships.
- Implement play therapy interventions with an understanding of brain development to assist in redirecting and regulating dysregulated children in the playroom and beyond.
- Engage caregivers in the child’s treatment by integrating play therapy activities into their routine .
- Identify play therapy techniques that can engage the whole body in play that is regulating and fun.