SECASA (Melbourne) Private Event: The Need for An External Regulator in Traumatic Play
April 12, 2022
This is a Private/Closed event for SECASA (South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence).
Research in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology sheds light on the need for therapists and parents to act as the child’s external regulator during states of dysregulation. When activated, children need to borrow the therapist’s and the parent’s regulatory capacity as they work through their challenging thoughts, feelings and sensations. Without the ability of the therapist or the parent to become the external regulator for the intensity that arises for the child, both the child and the adult are at risk for emotional flooding and high levels of dysregulation in their own nervous systems. Over time, this can significantly impact a therapist’s and parent’s ability to stay attuned and present to the child. In this discussion, from a Synergetic Play Therapy lens, Lisa will discuss what it means and what it takes to become a child’s external regulator.
This event will take place on April 12th, 2022 from 9:30am-12:30pm (Australian Time).
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