According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, almost half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one type of serious childhood trauma. This growing statistic requires that mental health professionals be better informed and skilled at using best practice interventions to serve trauma survivors. Trauma is a sensory experience that affects the mind and body; therefore, treatment must include sensory-based interventions to facilitate the healing process. Participants in this experiential workshop will receive an overview of the physical and mental effects of trauma and will have the opportunity to interact and play as they practice and learn sensory-based interventions to use with children and adolescent trauma survivors.
Hi, my name is Kristian Owens and I am a Clinical Social Worker with a passion for helping young people live a resilient life!
One of the things that I admire most about young people is their resilience (i.e. their ability to recover from difficulties). I’ve had the privilege to practice in various settings, including private, public, and alternative schools, inpatient facilities, community mental health agencies, and private practice. No matter the setting, I always stumbled upon the theme of resilience in my work with children, adolescents, and families. For me, this demonstrated that individuals possess the strengths to heal and grow from their life experiences.
In my practice, I aim to provide acceptance, genuineness, and warmth in my interactions with clients and their families. During sessions, I often use my extensive training in play therapy, expressive arts, and brain-body interventions to help individuals make sense of life’s challenges. As an expert in each of these therapeutic approaches, I’ve repeatedly noticed that once I accept a child for who they are as a person, they naturally process and organize their world through play and art. In order to optimize treatment success, I also value collaboration with caregivers and other professionals involved in a child’s life.
It is truly a privilege to be doing what I am most passionate about, which is helping young people realize their potential and pursue an abundant life. I consider it a valuable gift to be a witness and partner in a young person’s healing process, and I look forward to serving in this capacity with each interaction I have with a client and family.
09:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:15
Questions & Adjournment
Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Workshop participants will learn and practice at least three ways to use play therapy as a diagnostic tool for assessing post-traumatic stress
Workshop participants will learn and practice at least five sensory-based play therapy interventions to use with child and adolescent trauma survivors
Workshop participants will learn how to include parents/caregivers in play therapy sessions when treating post-traumatic stress
List at least four practical ways to use creative self-care to reduce the experience of vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue
BIBLIOGRAPHY & REFERENCES
Gil, E. (2006). Helping Abused and Traumatized Children: Integrating Directive and Non-Directive Approaches. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Gil, E. (2017). Posttraumatic Play in Children: What Clinicians Need to Know. New York, NY: Guilford Press
Gil, E. (2012). Trauma-focused integrated play therapy (TF-IPT). In P. Goodyear-Brown (Ed.) Handbook of child sexual abuse: Identification, assessment, and treatment (pp.251-278). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Rothschild, B. (2000).The Body Remembers. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Siegal, D. (2003). Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body, and Brain. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Steele, W., & Kuban, C. (2013). Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Discovering What Matters Most Through Evidence-Based, Sensory Interventions. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Van der Kolk, B. (2014). The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York, NY: Penguin Books.
Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement
The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 6 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.
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Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists
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Fee & Registration:
Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after May 17, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.
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