Skills for working with autism, attachment, aggression, ADHD, physical & sexual abuse
Play therapy techniques to help kids establish healthy boundaries
Professional and legal boundaries around safe physical contact in therapy
Touch best-practice guidelines
Touch in therapy with children has long been a taboo topic and a hotbed of controversy!
We, as practitioners and educators, are challenged daily with ethical and clinical/ educational dilemmas related to touch from a child's request for a hug, to a child inappropriately touching, to physical acts of aggression.
Join Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT and leading expert in the field of touch, in this ground-breaking workshop. You will learn the current research related to the neurobiology of touch and attachment, plus the varied mediating factors that impact child initiated verses practitioner/educator initiated touch.
Discover varied touch-informed play therapy approaches that ethically intervene with child problems and diagnoses related to trauma, sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, ADHD, anxiety, and attachment.
You'll walk away with new interventions to successfully manage in-the-moment challenging touch behaviors, as well as play therapy-based techniques to help kids and teens establish healthy touch boundaries. Increase your professional awareness and competency through lab activities, and clinical and ethical touch guidelines to immediately lower concerns of liability.
JANET COURTNEY, PHD, LCSW, RPT-S
Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, is founder of FirstPlay Therapy® and an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Social Work, Miami Shores, FL. She is a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, TEDx speaker, a StoryPlay® facilitator, and is past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. She has publications in the International Journal of Play Therapy, the American Journal of Art Therapy, and the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, and is a contributing author for the chapter, "Touching Autism through Developmental Play Therapy" in the book, Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Courtney also has a book coming out in Spring, 2017, Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide.
She offers a certification in FirstPlay Therapy® (including FirstPlay® Infant Massage Storytelling). She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally including the Cayman Islands, England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia and the Ukraine. She specializes in infant mental health, attachment, and trauma related issues. Dr. Courtney’s new form of Kinesthetic Storytelling® can be found in her children’s book, The Magic Rainbow.