Clair Mellenthin – Attachment Centered Play Therapy
Advancing Family Treatment with Play Therapy
4 key concepts of attachment
Blending attachment theory with play therapy
Attachment patterns across the lifespan and impact on parent/child relationship
Risks and limitations
Invite Parents to Play
Engagement strategies to strengthen parent/child relationship
Roadblocks and triggers – parent/child/therapist
Shame and vulnerability – shame shields
Build rappaport and make room for parent in the playroom
Sand tray, genograms, play-based treatment planning
Establish boundaries and set expectations
Attachment Centered Play Therapy Strategies
Treatment of relational trauma – Attachment, wounding and ruptures
Parent/child relationship cycle
Generational attachment patterns –
Catch me if you can
Butterfly fly away
Case Studies of Abuse; Healing Attachment Wounds
Challenging Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Defiance, ODD, moodiness, anger, aggressiveness and school refusal
Attachment injuries at root of undesirable behavior
Prescriptive play therapy interventions
calm down jars, guided imagery
Case Studies of Extreme Defiance and School Refusal
Strategies to Promote Positive Attachment-Based Parenting
Maximize parent involvement to rebuild trust, repair injuries
Proactive vs reactive parenting
Get parent buy in
Case Study of Proactive vs Reactive Parenting
Would you like to receive Clair Mellenthin – Attachment Centered Play Therapy ?
When trauma, grief, and loss disrupts the family system, a child may feel unprotected, unloved, or disbelieved, causing relational injury and at times rupture the attachment bond. Children, not having the words to express how they feel, display the hurt in maladaptive ways — aggression, rage, defiance, oppositional behaviors, shutting down, hiding away, or numbing. For the parent, shame is a factor. Shame that they can’t “parent away” the hurt and the misbehavior—that their love isn’t “good enough”.
How do we as therapists, help families begin repairing and rebuilding the lost connection/disruption?
Watch me in this interactive recording to discover an integrative therapeutic approach, Attachment Centered Play Therapy that includes the parents in the therapy process. The parent is integral in creating conditions of security and trustworthiness to address attachment wounds, trauma, grief and loss.
This developmentally appropriate, client-centered method brings a holistic, systemic approach to address:
Vulnerability to acknowledge the hurt, and the roadblocks
Challenging issues of shame, vulnerability, grief, and loss
Aggression and defiance and other maladaptive behavioral issues
Attachment centered and proactive strategies instead of reactivity or reactive responses
Repairing and strengthening the bonds of attachment between parent and child
Parents becoming a resource, as well as coregulator for their child
Rapport building with parents (this is a MUST in child and family therapy)
You’ll learn new and innovative attachment-centered play therapy techniques including hands on experiential activities, guided imagery, sand tray interventions, and expressive arts—practicing sand tray therapy, techniques assessing family relationships, bonds of attachment, and family dynamics.
We will explore difficult cases, ask questions, develop new assessment skills, and explore styles of attachment and how this plays out in therapeutic relationships with our clients.