The Neurobiology of Play Therapy: A Synergetic Approach – Little Rock @ HAMPTON INN & SUITES
October 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Play Therapy Can Do SO MUCH MORE Than We Thought
This workshop provides an exciting and unique opportunity to explore the basic components of play therapy from a neurobiology perspective. You will be introduced to Synergetic Play Therapy, the first research-informed play therapy model to blend together neuroscience, attachment/attunement, therapist authenticity, physics, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, and mindfulness. Through didactic and experiential teachings, you will learn cutting edge research on interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, nervous system regulation and brain development as the research is translated into practical ways of working with children and parents. You will discover what it means to attach to one’s self as the cornerstone for all healing, the importance of congruent emotional expression in the play room, how to identify types of dysregulation in the playroom, how to model regulating activities to the client, how to talk to and involve parents, and ultimately how to re-pattern a child’s nervous system through the play therapy process. Aggressive play will also be covered from the perspective of nervous system regulation, attunement, and mindfulness. Finally, you will also see how to track a client’s changes in a simple, yet comprehensive way.
Lisa Dion, recipient of the APT’s 2015 Professional Education and Training Award, shares new ways to identify dysregulation in the playroom, model regulating activities, talk to and involve parents, and re-pattern a child’s nervous system.