Overland Park, KS 66202
Theraplay® is a child and family modality of play therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. Group Theraplay adapts this play-based modality from a dyadic parent child intervention to a group format focused on the development of healthy peer relationships. A Theraplay Group is an adult-directed, structured play group that incorporates playful, cooperative and nurturing activities that enhance the emotional well-being of children. Unlike other play therapy group approaches, Theraplay learning takes place on a non-verbal level. Instead of talking about positive social behavior, the group leaders and children do positive social interaction. Gradually, positive messages from the groups become a part of the child’s internal sense of himself. This training is for professionals who want to use Theraplay in classrooms, day care, residential settings or with family groups. This workshop is aimed to:
- Create an atmosphere that is warm, nurturing, engaging, and challenging
- Promote warm relationships between children and adults and friendships among peers
- Engage hard-to-reach children
- Place emphasis on cooperation between children
- Encourage children to learn and practice self- control
- Help children with regulatory disorders and tactile issues
- Participants of this workshop will describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy.
- Participants of this workshop will apply Theraplay play principles to group treatment.
- Participants of this workshop will develop play therapy skills in using the group rules and group techniques through practice.
- Participants of this workshop will demonstrate how to adapt the use of group Theraplay in play therapy with various populations.
- Participants of this workshop will describe how nurturing and regulating physical connection can assist a child to feel calm and more organized in a play therapy group setting.
- Participants of this workshop will list three effects of complex trauma on a child’s brain and behavior.
- Participants of this workshop will describe three techniques for managing resistance and problem situations in play therapy groups.
- Participants of this workshop will list a variety of materials and activities that are appropriate for the group Theraplay model.
- Participants of this workshop will list three essential strategies for successful implementation.
Instructor: Kristen Borgmeyer, LCSW, RPT
Workshop Schedule & Agenda: Click HERE