Good Vibrations, Sweet Sensations: Addressing Trauma through Play Based Sensory Interventions

Presented by:  Joseph De Luna, Psy.D., RPT

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
9AM-11:00AM (2 contact hours)

The Guidance Center, 2nd Floor Training Room
1301 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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TGC Staff, trainees and Interns: Free, please email training_rsvp@tgclb.org to register with your name, discipline, and license number (if applicable).

CONTENT OF TRAINING

The negative impact of trauma experiences on a child’s developing brain is pervasive, adversely affecting one’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, physiological reactions, and social relationships. The nature, pattern, timing and duration of therapeutic experiences can change the brain in ways that allow for therapeutic growth and healing. Research has demonstrated the therapeutic powers of play in resolving childhood trauma, enabling the child to work through those experiences and regain a sense of safety in the world in a manner that is non-threatening (Norton & Norton, 2011).

In this workshop, we will discuss the ways in which trauma experiences are organized in the brain and how therapeutic interventions should address the key areas that are impacted. Participants will also learn the basic tenets of experiential play therapy, as well as some sensory, play-based strategies to help a child heal from trauma.

AFTER THIS WORKSHOP, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Identify the neurobiological changes associated with childhood traumatic stress
  • Discuss the ways in which trauma experiences are organized in the brain and how therapeutic interventions should address the key areas that are impacted
  • Identify the basic components and stages of experiential play therapy
  • Name and practice several sensory, play-based strategies to help a child heal from trauma, including the development of a sensory toolkit

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Dr. Joseph De Luna is a Clinical Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). He currently works as a clinical supervisor at The Guidance Center in Long Beach, an agency that specializes in providing treatment to underprivileged children and their families. He is also an adjunct professor for the Rosemead School of Psychology and Biola University. He has provided several presentations on play therapy throughout Los Angeles and Orange County and has taught a play therapy course at Biola University.

 

 

The Guidance Center is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education for MFTs and MSWs and the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists (CESAS #1447). The Guidance Center is also approved to provide play therapy continuing education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT Provider number is 14‐393). The Guidance Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Seminars Coordinated by Program Developer: Dawn Vo‐Jutabha, Ph.D. For questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Vo‐Jutabha at (562) 485‐2273. Information is available at www.tgclb.org.