Are your play therapy sessions filled with swords fights, battles, babies dying, handcuffs, you dying, explosions or other highly intense play? Are you often set up to watch or be a part of play that leaves you feeling nervous, unsafe, overwhelmed, confused or just wanting to run away and hide? If so, you’re not alone.
Although aggression and death are a common part of the play therapy process, many therapists don’t have a clear understanding of what to do and how to facilitate the intensity when it enters the playroom during play. The result can lead to inadvertently promoting aggression and increasing low brain disorganization. It can also lead to the therapist feeling beat up, exhausted and hyper-aroused themselves, which can significantly impact their longevity in the field, as well as their ability to stay attuned and present to a child in the playroom.
Enter Synergetic Play Therapy! Through an SPT lens, and a heavy dose of neuroscience, this 2-hour video course helps therapists learn how to use play in a way that supports regulation – theirs and their client’s! With the help of neuroscience, therapists will learn how to effectively work with aggressive play in a way that supports nervous system regulation and reorganization of the child’s lower centers of the brain. This course will also help decrease compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.
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