The Neurobiology of Play Therapy – Michigan State University
November 3, 2016
In this 6-hour workshop, therapists will have a one-of-a-kind experience exploring the basic components of play therapy from a neurobiology perspective. Through didactic and experiential teachings, participants will learn cutting-edge research on neural anatomy, mindfulness, attachment theory and brain development as the research is translated into practical ways of working with children and parents. Participants will also learn 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 dys-regulation 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, participants will learn how to track a client’s changes in a simple, yet comprehensive way.