2020 Annual Conference

February 21-22, 2020
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 320 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008

TraumaPlay: A Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy Model for Trauma and Attachment Disturbances

Presented by:
Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S


Workshop Overview:

Play therapists must be able to explain our clinical choices all along the continuum of care when working with traumatized children and families.

TraumaPlay™ translates evidence informed trauma treatment with children into a sequence of play-based component modules that celebrate the intersection of the neurobiology of play and the neurobiology of trauma, while honoring current evidence-based approaches in the field of trauma.

Each component represents an important dimension of play therapy for trauma treatment and articulates both a specific treatment goal and accompanying interventions. The child’s metaphorical use of the playroom is demonstrated through a multitude of case examples and augmented with a variety of prop-based play therapy interventions. This flexible, phase-based model differentiates between goals of trauma treatment that are best accomplished through non-directive play therapy methods and goals that are best served by including attachment focused play therapy approaches that include Parents as Partners, cognitive-behavioral play therapy interventions, sandtray methods and other expressive therapy techniques. Come learn the overarching trajectory for trauma treatment as well as a multitude of practical clinical tools that can be immediately integrated into your practice.

Workshop Objectives: 

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

1) List all seven primary components of TraumaPlay™

2) List the three roles of the TraumaPlay™ Therapist

3) Describe several self-directed ways in which children use the playroom to increase their sense of safety and security in play therapy.

4) List three therapist directed activities for enhancing safety and security in play therapy.

5) Describe four play therapy interventions that assess and augment coping.

6) Describe three play therapy interventions that decrease a child's sense of physiological arousal.

7) Describe six play therapy interventions that help parents co-regulate their children more effectively.

8) Describe three play therapy interventions for assessing and increasing emotional literacy.

9) Explain the two developmental foundations discussed in the Parents as Partners component of the model.

10) List three play therapy interventions that invite disclosure in TraumaPlay™.

11) List five play therapy interventions that prompt coherent narrative building in TraumaPlay™.

12) List four prop-based play therapy interventions that help integrate somatic memories during coherent narrative building.

13) Explain several play therapy techniques that assist clients in challenging and restructuring cognitive distortions.


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APT Approved Provider 97-035 | 12 CE 

NEW FOR THE 2020 STATE CONFERENCE: AZAPT is working with the Institute of Continuing Education to provide ongoing CE credits for our annual state conference. This means that for $25, you can get CE credits in multiple areas, including counseling, social work, and psychology to name a few. This is a separate fee and NOT part of your registration. Payment can be made at time of check-in for the conference with CHECKS ONLY payable to Institute of Continuing Education.

PLEASE NOTE: Continuing education credit is awarded on a daily basis, with full attendance required for the days attended. The CE processing fee is $ 25.00 (checks only, payable to ICE), to be paid only by participants who wish to make application for CE credit for their participation in the program. Application forms and other required CE materials will be available on site for submission to The Institute for Continuing Education


Certificates of Attendance will be issued by AZAPT onsite.



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