James Madison University

Workshop Descriptions

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Play Therapy for Children, Tweens and Teens: An Evidence-Informed Approach

This workshop will examine the use of play therapy in the context of evidence-informed treatments.  A wide variety of directive play therapy interventions will be described and practiced.  An emphasis will be placed on selecting play-based interventions which target components of evidence-based treatments.  Clinical considerations such as counter-transference and cultural influences will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify some of the key challenges in working with the child, tweens, and teen population.
  2. Describe 15 directive play-based interventions to use in clinical practice with children, tweens, and teens.
  3. Differentiate evidence-based practice from evidence-based treatment.
  4. Describe the ways that play therapy interventions are consistent with core components of evidence-based treatments.
  5. Cite the advantages and limitations of using play-based interventions in clinical practice.
  6. Address a framework for understanding cultural influences.

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Integrative Play Therapy for the Treatment of Childhood Abuse and Trauma

This workshop will emphasize an integrative approach to using play therapy with survivors of abuse and trauma to reduce symptoms and promote healing, growth and recovery.  Research studies and literature describing trauma's impact on the brain, treatment of posttraumatic stress, and trauma-informed treatment will be viewed.

Come join us to learn strategies for addressing the complex treatment needs of abused and traumatized children and teens, using both posttraumatic play metaphors and directive play therapy interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define integrative play therapy.
  2. Describe at least three findings from the adverse childhood experiences study.
  3. Describe at least two ways that trauma impacts the brain.
  4. Describe at least two ways that posttraumatic play can be used in clinical practice with abused and traumatized children and adolescents.
  5. Identify a minimum of five play-based interventions to use as part of treatment for abuse and trauma.
  6. Apply information and skills acquired to clinical treatment with this population.

Should you come for one or both days? 

You are welcome to register for either or both days.