Dafna Lender – Attachment Focused Play Therapy
The 4 Dimensions of Theraplay®
To Address Behavioral Problems and Gain Connection Cooperation
Structure: organization and safety
Engagement: connection, joy, co-regulation of strong emotions
Nurture: calming, emotional nourishment, secure base
Challenge: recognition, ride, celebration of self
Calm an Overactive/Aggressive/Oppositional Child
Strategies to prevent outbursts and trauma-based aggression (The P.R.O.M.P.T) method)
Techniques to identify non-verbal signs of stress
Activities for turning resistance into a connecting experience
Video case examples: transformation from aggressive & uncooperative to focused & relaxed
Engage the Disconnected Child
Strategies to capture and keep a child’s attention (The G.R.E.A.T. method)
Activities that children can’t resist getting involved in
Cotton ball war
Shaving ball pass
Interventions to turn passivity into cooperation
Aluminum foil print
Techniques to make sense of non-verbal communication & get child to start talking
Cotton ball blow
Video case example: before and after of clients ages 1-17
Promote Positive Parent-Child Relationship
Activities to strengthen the parent-child attachment
Cotton ball hockey
Techniques to increase empathy by using eye contact, touch and turn-taking
Eye signal dance
Activities that create and solidify connection by fostering moments of joy
Interventions to decrease arguments and gain cooperation
Identify a child engaging in a power struggle before they do
Identify when oppositionality is really a trauma reaction
Empathy to melt oppositional behaviors
Know when to cool it
Strategies to increase self-esteem and make a child feel unique
Video case example: high and low functioning clients
Would you like to receive Dafna Lender – Attachment Focused Play Therapy ?
Do you struggle with children who:
Are aggressive and defiant?
Wreck your treatment room and waste your materials?
Act chaotic, silly and/or will not sit still?
Refuse to talk and are disengaged?
Behave inappropriately (oppositional, controlling, avoid eye contact)?
Are you also frustrated with parents who are angry and won’t listen to your advice? Parents who are resentful and dissatisfied with you, as well as their own child? If you answered YES to any of the above then you need to watch this seminar! I will show you evidence-based activities to break through resistance and harness the power of the child-parent relationship to make rapid and dramatic changes.
Theraplay reaches your most resistant, traumatized, dysregulated and hard to manage children and rapidly transforms them into a calmer, more cooperative child so you can get therapeutic work done! Theraplay helps you create an atmosphere where children are happy to come to therapy and become quickly and fully engaged in the therapeutic process.
Theraplay also involves parents in an immediate and positive way, giving them experiences of success and pride in their children, so they can feel motivated to support them. With the child, the parent and you, the therapist, all on the same team you have a winning combination for positive and lasting change.