How Play Therapy Enhances Resilience in Traumatized Children (Part 2)

Presented by: Dr. Jodi Mullen PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-Master

Dates & Times:

May 21, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EST) 


Children's Museum of Oswego

7 West Bridge Street

Oswego, NY 13126


Verbal-based treatment approaches often limit the expressive and healing potential of therapeutic work with young survivors of trauma. Using play and play therapy techniques can build upon the capacity for resiliency that already exists within these clients, often untapped. In this seminar, we'll discuss how to recognize the various indicators of post-traumatic play and how play therapists and other professional helpers can establish a more effective therapeutic connection with these hurting and often difficult-to-reach clients. We'll review the typical challenges faced by play therapists, child therapists, and others when working with this population, and engage in experiential activities to illustrate and demonstrate creative ways to incorporate play therapy and the expressive arts to help support and encourage healing and resiliency. When these approaches are thoughtfully incorporated in the clinical work of any competent helping professional, traumatized children can evolve from survivors into thrivers. Some of the approaches we'll engage in include using narrative and sand tray approaches for working on issues of self-acceptance and grieving. Participants will be invited to recall particularly challenging child clients to consider how these play-based approaches might have shifted the dynamics of treatment in those cases.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:


1) List 3 or more reasons play therapy is clinically well-suited for traumatized children.

2.) State 3 ways that play therapy builds resiliency in traumatized children.

3.) Identify 3 or more characteristics of the play in play therapy of sexually traumatized children.

4.) Identify typical challenges to using play therapy with traumatized children.

5.) State 3 reasons using a play therapy approach with traumatized children is supported in research.


Continuing Education Credit: 12 CEs (6 per day)


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