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Credit Hours (CEC)
No matter what a child may be struggling with, when attempts at talking through a problem do not work, using alternative approaches for connecting will often prove more helpful. This workshop explores creative ways of engaging and communicating with children (ages 3-12) and their natural support systems. Participants will learn practical skills based on the expressive arts (play, art, drama) and integrative body-based techniques (mindfulness, sensory, and whole-brain activities) that promote and build resilience in children. Informed by attachment theories, developmental psychology, family therapy, and neuroscience, this training uses a variety of experiential exercises, role-plays, and interactive activities to enhance participant learning.
Trainer: Trish Harper, MSW, RSW
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, parents, and anyone wanting to increase their capacity for helping children and youth.
Trish has worked in many diverse mental health settings with families, youth, and children providing direct practice for over 20 years. She has a Master of Social Work degree as well as an undergraduate degree in psychology, and has completed professional training in trauma resolution therapy. She is also a contributing author of our Counselling Insights book. Trish believes that real change happens through relationship, authenticity, and the use of skillful empathy. In addition to her work with CTRI, she maintains a small private practice, specializing in recovery from early adverse experiences, PTSD, anxiety, depression, vicarious trauma, and burnout, and she continues to have a special passion for helping children, youth, and families. As a trainer, Trish is a gifted listener who works to facilitate training that encourages genuine insight, compassion, and a collective learning experience. Read blogs written by Trish here.