Are your play therapy sessions filled with swords fights, battles, babies dying, handcuffs, you dying, explosions or other highly intense play? Are you often set up to watch or be a part of play that leaves you feeling nervous, unsafe, overwhelmed, confused or just wanting to run away and hide? If so, you’re not alone.
Although aggression and death are a common part of the play therapy process, many therapists don’t have a clear understanding of what to do and how to facilitate the intensity when it enters the playroom during play. The result can lead to inadvertently promoting aggression and increasing low brain disorganization. It can also lead to the therapist feeling beat up, exhausted and hyper-aroused themselves, which can significantly impact their longevity in the field, as well as their ability to stay attuned and present to a child in the playroom.
We designed this three-hour workshop to help play therapists understand aggression and death play from a neurobiological perspective, through a Synergetic Play Therapy lens. With the help of neuroscience, therapists will learn how to effectively work with this type of play in a way that supports nervous system regulation and reorganization of the child’s lower centers of the brain. This course will also help decrease compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.
This fun, experiential workshop will open up new possibilities for your practice. We will explore a science-based process for working with children at the deepest, most profound levels while showing you how to stay safe and sane. You’ll learn the art of sword fighting, gunplay, bop bag play and more while understanding what it takes to maximize growth and integration for your clients and for you as the therapist.
Integrating Extremes: Aggression and Death in the Playroom objectives:
- Understand the link between a child’s dysregulated states of their nervous system and their play
- Understand the significance of authenticity and authentic expression in the play therapy process
- Understand how our own “windows of tolerance” can impact the healing process
- Understand how to facilitate aggressive play in the play therapy process without increasing or promoting aggression
- Learn how to keep yourself regulated in the midst of intense play/trauma play and death in the playroom
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