Play Therapy for Traumatized Children with PTSD and Complex Trauma

April 22, 2024. 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time. 7:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

Date/ Time:

April 22, 2024

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

7:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

Live Webinar

This advanced course will go through the process and planning for the play therapy treatment of children who have been traumatized through abuse, natural disasters, or other incidents. The participants will see how the process is used in Type I trauma (PTSD) as well as in Type II traumas (COMPLEX) and how different methods are used in play therapy to facilitate the healing process of the children. Some experiential work will be done, and illustrations will be provided through case presentations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe children’s post traumatic responses depending on age.
  • Apply skills for the use of Release Play Therapy for PTSD.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of developmental factors that impact children’s reactions to physical abuse, natural disasters and witnessing traumatic events.
  • Discuss 3 state-of-the-art play therapy techniques to respond to traumatized children.
  • Explain the transdisciplinary assessment and its advantages for all children in play therapy.
  • Explain Freud’s definition of abreaction and abreactive play in Release Play Therapy.

Your Instructor

Heidi Gerard Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S
Heidi Gerard Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S

Dr. Heidi Gerard Kaduson is a licensed clinical child psychologist in New York and New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She specializes in the evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems.

Dr. Kaduson uses Play Therapy for individual counseling, group psychotherapy, and social skills training. She has lectured throughout the world on Play Therapy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. She has trained and/or supervised thousands of individuals around the world. Dr. Kaduson is Past-President and a past-Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Play Therapy, as well as the Director of The Play Therapy Training Institute.

Dr. Kaduson is editor and author of many books: The Quotable Play Therapist; The Playing Cure; and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Vol. III, Short Term Play Therapy, Game Play Therapy, Short Term Play Therapy, Second Edition, Contemporary Play Therapy, and Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition, Short Term Play Therapy, Third Edition, Prescriptive Play Therapy: Tailoring Interventions for Specific Childhood Problems, Play Therapy Across the Lifespan, Play Therapy with Children: Modalities for Change, as well as Play Therapy for Siblings (in press). Dr. Kaduson also has a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, as well as a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with ADHD. Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy and Play Therapy in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

CE Information:
The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002. This Live Webinar meets APT's definition of a Live Webinar. There are 6 Live Webinar non-contact CE hours. In order to be eligible for these Live Webinar Non-contact CE credits, participants must keep their cameras on the entire time and be in the camera view the entire time.

APT CE Hour Area: Play Therapy Skills and Methods or Special Topics (6)

Please Note: The CE certificate will be awarded within 3 business days to those who attend the entire webinar, complete a multiple-choice test, and fill out course evaluations. No partial credit will be given. Play Therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

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