Wednesday October 23, 2019 at The Gant Conference Center
PlayStrong for CLINICIANS and EDUCATORS:
PlayStrong: A Neurodevelopmental Approach to Play that Builds Emotional Regulation and Resilience to Help Children Handle Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma
The PlayStrong Model is heavily informed by the latest neuroscience research that tells us how trauma impacts the young child’s developing brain, along with the kinds of positive relationship experiences children need to rewire healthy connections and provide a protective layer of resilience, or “Trauma Teflon”.
Developed by Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, PhD., New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole Brain Child parenting book series, we have designed an exciting new way to harness play as a force for emotional learning, a process that relies primarily on non-verbal interaction, to teach brain-wise strategies that reduce behavioral flare-ups and protect parents, teachers and children from the negative effects of chronic stress and difficult trauma stories.
In this highly interactive training presented by Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S, Managing Director of the Center for Connection Play Strong Institute, you’ll learn the science of play and how play builds the child’s healthy developing brain from “back to front, bottom-up”. We’ll also take a look at how mounting levels of stress can interrupt patterns of strong emotional development and the bonds of attachment between children and adults. You’ll see many examples – through stories, video clips and live demos – of how the PlayStrong Model invites children of all ages (including teens!) to explore and interact in play, along with their parents, in order to create healthy and secure parent-child bonds and boost stress recovery and resilience.
You’ll also discover why our neuro-relational approach to working with kids and teens is so unique and how to apply it to your own work: holistic, strength-based, highly encouraging, relationship-focused, and emotionally innovative. We will teach you to keep your own brain in mind, too, as you move kids and families from reactivity to resilience, nurture children’s growing brains, or help parents make the shift from problem to solution focus – so they can raise happier, healthier kids who thrive.
After the workshop participants will be able to:
1) Describe 3 PlayStrong principles connecting theory to practice from a neurorelational model of play-based interaction.
2) Recognize at least 3 tools and materials necessary to use with children in order to provide PlayStrong interventions that improve neural functioning.
3) Utilize at least 6 strategies of the PlayStrong relationship to provide the optimal conditions for therapeutic or educational challenge and growth.
4) Recognize and apply at least 4 types of PlayStrong responses to build emotional resilience and further a child’s emotional regulation.
5) Identify and recognize 3 aspects of how family/social context impacts implementation of PlayStrong techniques.
6) Compare and contrast at least 2 advantages of neurodevelopmental PlayStrong interventions versus traditional behavioral methods for working with children who have experienced extreme stress or trauma.