Jennifer Lefebre – Trauma Treatment for Kids
Neuroscience of Childhood Trauma Trauma Theory
Fight-or-Flight (parasympathetic/sympathetic nervous system)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Reactive Attachment Disorder
Developmental Trauma Disorder
A new conceptualization and integrated clinical framework
Essential Components for Trauma-Informed Treatments
Establishing safety and a sense of competence/worth
Appropriate attachments & relational engagement
Self-regulation (body & emotions)
Self-reflection & Introspection
Integration of traumatic experiences (acknowledgment & processing of the trauma)
Future safety ~ transitioning beyond the Trauma
Body Based Treatment – Emotional and Behavioral Regulation
Verbal vs nonverbal responses – how to recognize trauma without verbal report
Bottom-up versus top-down processing – trauma starts in the body
Developmental needs of traumatized children
Embodied play & sensory integration – emotional and behavioral regulation
Incorporating Play Therapy into Proven Evidence-based Treatments
Components that “fit” the child’s specific needs
TF-CBT- Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
CPP – Child Parent Psychotherapy
ARC – Attachment, Regulation, and Competency
TARGET – Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education Therapy
Play Therapy Principles
Therapist establishes a friendly relationship
Accepts the child as he is
Creates a permissive relationship; child has freedom of expression
Validates (acknowledge and reflect) child’s feelings
Responsibility for decisions and change is left mostly to the child
Child directs the therapeutic process; therapist follows
Therapeutic interaction is not rushed
Limits are set only when necessary for child’s outcomes
Advancing Trauma Treatment with Play Therapy
Culturally and developmentally appropriate techniques
Play Therapy Strategies and Techniques
Integration of traumatic experiences to acknowledge and process the trauma: Sandtrays, drawings, & play
Target shame, self-doubt, and selfcompassion: Sandtray Safeplace & All About Me
Build an understanding of the brainbody relationship: Flip your lid and Charades
Target indiscriminate attachments and interpersonal reactivity: Invisible String & Family Sandtray
Improve emotional and bodily regulation: Stressballs, Be Spaghetti, Feelings Map, Trashballs, Yoga, and Weather Massage
Would you like to receive Jennifer Lefebre – Trauma Treatment for Kids ?
Experiential learning through “a child’s language” – sensory, non-verbal and embodied play
Improve self-regulation, attachments and relational engagement
Increase the effectiveness of traditional trauma therapies
Transform your work and enhance the capacity for healthy play among the youngest of trauma survivors
Traumatic events damage children emotionally and psychologically.
Their trauma stays trapped in their body – they feel overwhelmed, they don’t sleep, they’re anxious, depressed, failing in school, angry and socially isolated.
They are completely vulnerable.
How do you as a therapist get to the root of their pain? What do you do when words and language can’t be accessed, when conventional treatments aren’t enough?
Play is a child’s natural way to expose their trauma, formulate their narrative and begin to process the trauma.
Join trauma expert, Dr. Jennifer Lefebre in this experiential, interactive workshop and learn to speak the language of traumatized children!
Integrate play therapy with trauma treatment to provide children engaging, developmentally appropriate and empirically validated treatment
Use essential components of trauma treatment flexibly combined with sensory, non-verbal and embodied play to address interest and advance your work with kids
Creative and effective treatment strategies to improve self-regulation, attachments and relational engagement, integrate traumatic experiences and build a sense of competence and worth
Access a clinical framework to incorporate trauma theory, neuroscientific research and play therapy principles
Increase the capacity for healthy play among the youngest of trauma survivors
Come breathe new life into your trauma treatment with kids!