Play is the native tongue of children. But when families come into therapy stretched to the breaking point by trauma and abuse, too many therapists push play interventions aside, thinking they can always pull them out at a less perilous time. Rather than treating trauma through an adult lens, learn to harness the power of play to help children process difficult experiences and teach families to bond in healthy ways. This workshop offers a new understanding, developed through the lens of attachment theory, of how families can repair deep emotional wounds through the power of play. You’ll discover:
- New and innovative play therapy techniques you can put into practice immediately
- Hands-on experiential activities, sand-tray interventions, and expressive arts interventions for families designed to help repair attachment wounds
- How to successfully invite and engage parents into the play therapy process
- How to help families understand attachment styles and what it means to bond in healthy vs. maladaptive ways
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S, is an international speaker and the author of Attachment Centered Play Therapy, Play Therapy: Proven Strategies for Childhood Disorders and My Many Colors of Me Workbook. She is a media expert on children and family issues.