7/28/20: Play Therapy for Trauma Resilience


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The California Association for Play Therapy, San Bernardino Chapter Proudly Presents:

Stronger Play, Stronger Minds – Play Therapy for Trauma Resilience in Children and Families

Presented by Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S

Saturday, 8/29/20, LIVE via Zoom

Earn 6 Contact CE credits


Cost: (Register before 8/15/20 for a special discount!)


  • APT Members: (Use code APTMEM) $99 ($89 before 8/15)
  • Non-Members: $119 ($109 before 8/15)


Workshop Description: In this unique hands-on workshop, participants will learn Play Therapy strategies in action to empower children who have experienced trauma and develop their emotional resilience. As we integrate the neurobiological perspective with Child Centered Play Therapy, clinicians can help further the child’s brain development, and therefore augment social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Participants will gain play therapy skills drawing from research on trauma, emotional regulation, relational attunement, neuroception of safety, and the science of play, and walk away with a toolkit of techniques to create the optimal conditions for therapeutic challenge and growth for children.

About the Presenter: Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Georgie is an adjunct faculty member at Loma Linda University and has spent many years teaching play therapy at the graduate level. She is also the Managing Director of the Play Strong Institute at the Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary practice and play therapy training organization for professionals. Georgie earned her MFT from Chapman University and MA Child-Centered Play Therapy from the University of Roehampton London. She is a member of the British Association of Play Therapists and the Association for Play Therapy.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe at least 2 of the most commonly observed features of children’s post-traumatic play in Play Therapy.
  2. Describe at least 3 theoretical principles informed by neuroscience and Child Centered Play Therapy of establishing neuroception of safety in the Play Therapy space and relationship.
  3. Identify at least 4 methods outlined in Child-Centered Play Therapy to assist children in problem-solving and hopeful solution formation toward trauma recovery.
  4. Explain at least 2 Child-Centered Play Therapy strategies supported by neuroscience toward the child’s trauma processing and development of a coherent trauma narrative.
  5. Demonstrate at least 3 improved Child-Centered Play Therapy skills to increase the child’s capacities for trauma recovery.
  6. Formulate at least 2 steps toward effective treatment evaluation to determine the child’s progress in trauma-informed play therapy.

Workshop Syllabus/Outline

  • 8:45-9am: Log-in to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:15am Introduction and Theory
  • 10:15-10:30am Morning Break
  • 10:30am-12:00pm Assessment and Treatment Implications
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30pm Skills and Techniques
  • 2:30- 2:45pm Afternoon Break
  • 2:45-4:00pm Case Examples and Demonstrations
  •  4:00-4:30pm Q&A Discussion
  • 4:30pm Adjournment

Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 6 hours of contact 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). Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 6 CONTACT CE Hours. The California Association for Play Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychologists may receive 6 hours of continuing education credit for this workshop. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now recognizes APA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs. 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, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, School Counselors, Psychologists, Students, and Interns.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Cancellations & Refunds: Requests for refunds must be made in writing by e-mail to calapt@calplaytherapy.org. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the training to receive a refund. There is a $25.00 administrative fee for refunds. There are no refunds for cancellations after the deadline, however, registration may be transferred to another individual. There are no price breaks for partial attendance.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by presenters at the CALAPT events do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CALAPT Board of Directors or its membership. CALAPT reserves the right to make changes to the conference schedule, speakers and presentation, if this becomes necessary.

If you have a disability and need accommodations per ADA/504, please provide notification 2 weeks prior to the workshop date.

Contact us at calplaytherapy@gmail.com with any event or registration related questions. Hope to see you at the event!

Event Details

Event Details

Day 1: August 29, 2020

Start time: 09:00 a.m. PDT

End time: 04:30 p.m. PDT