Tools for Helping Children and Youth
Credit Hours (CEC)
Play Therapy - In-Person Workshop, Toronto – Nov. 16-17, 2022
In-person events follow local guidelines for gathering. This workshop will transition to a virtual event should COVID restrictions limit in-person gatherings. Please call CTRI before booking flight/hotel room.
- Describe the theory and guiding principles of play therapy
- Understand the cognitive and developmental stages of children
- Describe age-appropriate directive and nondirective play therapy tools and interventions
- Illustrate practical and tangible tools for immediate use with clients
Method of Delivery
Presentation, video, experiential practice of activities and exercises, personal reflection, delivered electronically.
Some of the Topics Included
- Why does Play Therapy Work?
- Attachment, Neuroscience, Family Systems
- Children’s Growing Brains: Cognitive and Development Stages
- Inner Resiliency – Child-Centered Play Therapy
- Using Directive vs. Non-directive Approaches with Children and Youth
- How Play can Help Overcome Trauma
- Play-based Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Strategies
- Creative Interventions for Emotional Awareness and Self-Reflection
- Art-Based Therapy
- Helping Children and Youth Develop Self-Regulation
- The Impact of Family – How Family Play Therapy Helps
- Building the Blocks of Attachment
- Somatic Approaches and Body-based Exercises
- Skills for using a Sand Tray
- Tools to use Puppetry
- Develop Story-telling Skills
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 gain increased capacity in helping children and youth.
Trainer: Larisa Levalds
Larisa is a Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She has over 15 years of experience providing play therapy to children, youth, and families. Larisa believes in the innate resiliency of children and youth, and in the inner strength of a family system to overcome their stressors. As a trainer, she brings a dynamic, interactive, and playful component to the workshops she facilitates. Larisa is personable, engaging, and focuses on providing participants with ready-to-use skills, while also prioritizing self-care.