Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity
By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach to Integrating Intensity offers a way to work with aggressive play that allows children to learn how integrate the intensity they are experiencing from their thoughts, emotions, and sensations while simultaneously supporting regulation in the therapist’s nervous system. These will help therapists understand the neurobiological processes that lead kids to dys-regulation, and help them facilitate emotional healing in their clients.
Topics Covered Include:
- What Regulation Really Means
- Making Aggressive Play Therapeutic
- Authentic Expression
- Setting Boundaries
- Hyper-Aroused Play
- Observing Play
- Hypo-Aroused Play
- Working with Parents
- Developing Yourself as the External Regulator
- Develop an understanding of aggression and death play that is based on brain function and neuroscience.
- Explore the four threats to the brain that activate a fight/flight/freeze/collaspe response and why this is so important to know when working with children.
- Learn practical ways to authentically work with the intensity of aggression and death play, without causing compassion fatigue or burnout.
- Gain an understanding of how to set boundaries without shaming or shutting the child down.
- Learn ways to regulate yourself in the midst of intense play so as to model to the child client how to do the same, thereby enhancing the child’s capacity for self-regulation.
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