Are you at a loss with how to work with children who don’t respond to traditional treatment? Have you already tried behavioral approaches, CBT, praise, sticker charts, consequences, coping skills and just about everything else? If what you have been doing isn’t working - it’s time to try Theraplay and get to the root of the issue. The playful, fun interventions are engaging and effective, revealing how children really feel about themselves and allowing for self-expression in a safe and age appropriate manner.
Theraplay reaches your most resistant, dysregulated and hard to manage children and rapidly transforms them into calmer, more cooperative kids so you can get the important therapeutic work done! You can create an atmosphere where children are happy to come to therapy and become quickly and fully engaged in the therapeutic process.
By using the natural patterns of playful, healthy interactions between parent and child you will:
• Strengthen attachment
• Create joyful engagement
• Increase self-esteem
• Build trust in others
Theraplay also involves parents in an immediate and positive way, giving them experiences of success and pride in their children while repairing broken relationships. With the child, the parent and you the therapist all on the same team, you have a winning combination for positive and lasting change. Theraplay works where most other approaches fail.
Learn evidence-based activities to break through resistance and harness the power of the child-parent relationship to make rapid and dramatic changes. Take home strategies that will immediately transform children from aggressive and uncooperative to focused and relaxed.
End the frustration… reach kids with Theraplay!
Appropriate for children of all ages from infants through teenagers.
1. Establish the purpose of each of the four Dimensions of Relationship to improve treatment outcomes.
2. Assess behavior to determine which of the four dimensions a child needs help with to best inform your choice of treatment interventions.
3. Implement one activity from each dimension to improve client engagement.
4. Explore interventions that focus and calm an overactive/chaotic child in a clinical setting.
5. Recommend interventions that turn a child’s resistance into cooperation and can be put to practical use in-session.
6. Utilize techniques to effectively capture a child’s attention in-session.
7. Specify methods for reengaging an angry/discouraged parent to improve child’s level of functioning.
About the Presenter:
Dafna Lender, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of child welfare and child mental health for 20+ years. Dafna serves as the program director at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL and is certified as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna trains psychotherapists internationally in these methods and trains in three languages.
Dafna’s focus is children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. Early in her career, Dafna worked in treatment foster care and witnessed child after child “fail” out of foster placements due to difficult behavior. Children were disruptive, unsettled and unhappy, and their caregivers felt defeated. Dafna’s sense of discouragement went way after taking the Theraplay training and learning direct, concrete ideas and interactions that she could apply in home with her treatment families to promote healthier, stable relationships. Dafna has successfully treated children with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness.