Engaging the Body in Play Therapy with Movement, Rhythm, and Sensory Play
12 Credit Hours will be awarded
Friday, February 21 | Saturday, February 22
*Early Bird Special* $350.00 Both Days until Jan 22-- after Jan 22 $395
Sign-In 8:00AM - 8:30AM
Training from 8:30AM - 4:00PM
One hour lunch break and two fifteen minute session breaks.
Children who have experienced complex developmental trauma often present with
unusual behaviors- both in and out of the play therapy room. This workshop will help
play therapists feel comfortable leaning into nervous system dysregulation, reframing
misbehavior as opportunities to soothe the limbic system through "bottom up" body-
based play therapy techniques involving movement, rhythm, and sensory play.
This innovative training will guide the attendees through the most current neuroscience
research (including Bruce Perry, MD, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Stephen Porges, MD,
Peter Levine, PhD, and Daniel Siegel, MD) and demonstrate how to put theory into
practice. Examples of creative ways to use movement, rhythm and sensory play in play
therapy to shift the child’s emotional state, maintain regulation, and renegotiate
traumatic associations without overwhelming the client will be explained and
demonstrated. Participants will learn a framework (based on the Alert Program and
Zones of Regulation) to help children develop the capacity to monitor (notice) and
modify (change) their state of regulation or dysregulation.
This training will include didactic and experiential learning, including lecture, video
review, experiential play, group discussion and case conceptualization; participants
should dress comfortably and be prepared to move and play. Activities will allow the
participants to experience ways to incorporate music and movement into the play
therapy process with children. Attendees will leave this training with practical tools,
strategies and applications that enhance the client’s capacity to connect with others,
process trauma without becoming overwhelmed, and facilitate healing.
Intentionally engaging the body through movement, rhythm, and sensory play provides
valuable practice coming back into a regulated state from a dysregulated state, deepens
connection and attunement between therapist and client, models for the parent how to
help their child through dysregulation, brings high level brain functions back online, and
enhances learning. Movement, rhythm, and sensory play also provides clients another
medium to express their inner experience while connected to a regulated, attuned
therapist, allowing for integration and a renegotiation of implicitly held trauma. Attendees
will be able to use movement, rhythm, and sensory play in play therapy in a purposeful
way that leads to more enjoyment in their play therapy sessions and works toward
therapist goals of improved regulation and ultimately trauma healing.
This intermediate/advanced level workshop is appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed
mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family
therapists, and professional counselors.