The California Association for Play Therapy Presents
Using Play Therapy to Explore Core Issues of Adoption
Edythe “Edye” Swidler, LMFT
Friday, 11/18/22 – 9:00am-4:30pm PST
6 CEs In Person
Location: Clovis Veterans Memorial District
808 4th Street, Patriots A/B, Clovis, CA 93612
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Parents of adopted children often find themselves unable to find therapists that understand the unique needs of their families. In this training, we will focus on how using art and play therapy interventions can be useful in helping youth and their families explore the core adoption issues, support attachment, and assist in managing challenging behaviors.
Edye has 30 years of experience providing family based mental health services. She has worked as a clinical director and supervisor, training director, and clinician in numerous community-based mental health and adoption/foster care agencies. Presently Edye is the owner of American River Family Counseling, where she specializes in working with both traditional and non-traditional families using an attachment focused approach. She is an advanced Nurtured Heart Approach trainer and adoption competent specialist, who has developed and facilitated numerous workshops and training curriculums for parents, therapists, social workers and other community professionals. In addition, she has worked as a Trainer and consultant for TAC (Training for Adoption Competency), a training curriculum created to prepare mental health professionals to work with all members of the adoption kinship network.
- Describe the unique needs of adopted youth and their families and what it means to be an adoption competent play therapist.
- Explore their own play therapy intake/assessment process and identify what information is needed to provide the most effective treatment for adopted youth and their families.
- Identify the importance of including parents in the play therapy process.
- Identify 3 play therapy assessment and/or interventions that can be used to help children and teens explore core adoption related issues, specifically disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, and identity.
- Identify parenting tasks that facilitate positive racial identity when parenting a child of a different race or cultural identity.
- Explain the developmental stages of adoption for most adoptees and identify play therapy interventions and art interventions/activities that can support children at each stage.
- Identify effective strategies to engage in the play therapy process.
- List 2 attachment-focused interventions that can increase positive parent-child interaction.
- 9:00 am Introductions and Opening Activity
- 9:30 am Understanding the Unique Needs of Adopted Youth and Their Families
Creating An Adoption Competent Intake/Assessment
- 10:45 am Break
- 11:00 am Exploring the Core Issues of Adoption and Permanency with a Focus on Disenfranchised Grief and Loss
- 12:00 pm Lunch
- 1:00 pm Exploring the Developmental Stages of Adoption and Activities to Support Youth at Each Stage
- 1:45 pm Interventions to Support Positive Identity Formation
Talking About Race, Culture and Gender and Helping Parents Facilitate a Positive Identity
- 2:45 pm Break
- 3:00 pm Engaging Parents in the Playroom: Effective Strategies to Increase Attachment
- 4:00 pm Secondary Trauma and Self Care for Therapists
- 4:20 pm Questions/Wrap-UP
Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit per day for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs and LPCC’s. The California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider # 00-094). The California Association for Play Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The California Association for Play Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.
Who Should Attend: Social Workers, Marriage, Family & Child Therapists, School Counselors, Psychologists, Students, and Interns.
Instructional Level: Intermediate – requires a working knowledge of child psychopathology and child development
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