Tools for Helping Children and Youth
Credit Hours (CEC)
Play Therapy - Edmonton In-Person - March 1-2, 2023; 9am-4pm Central Time
Early rate expires 02/08/2023
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
- 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: Vivian Houg
Vivian is a Registered Psychologist and holds a Masters of Science Degree in Psychology. She has extensive experience supporting children and youth with a variety of addiction concerns, mental health issues, and developmental diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, and anxiety. In addition to training with CTRI, Vivian works for a public agency supporting youth with concurrent addiction and mental health concerns. She believes that we are each part of a dynamic system of family, society, and culture that informs how we see the world and live our lives. Vivian has a passion for sharing information in a way that is meaningful and memorable and brings this energy to the workshops she leads.