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 attachment-based play strategies to encourage regulation in the playroom.
- Describe play therapy interventions that assist with brain development in the playroom and beyond.
- Analyze play therapy activities to use in family play therapy sessions to encourage caregiver engagement.
- List play therapy techniques that can aid in self-regulation.
- Utilize brain-based play interventions that can be used in the playroom to promote healthy brain development.