Building Attachment/Connection Through Family Therapy

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Building Attachment/Connection Through Family Therapy

September 24, 2021 @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Building Attachment/Connection Through Family Therapy

September 24th, 2021

8:30am - 4:30pm

Cost: $165

Presenter: Joella Gerber, LISW RPT

CEs: 6.5 CONTACT CE Hours Total

  • Play Therapy History: .5 hours
  • Play Therapy Seminal or historically Significant Theories: 3 hours
  • Play Therapy Skills and Methods: 3 hours

Breaks: 10:15-10:30am, 12:00-1:00pm, 2:45-3:00pm

Workshop Level: All

Location: Lower Level Training Room of Estle Center. Masks and social distancing will be required.

This training is an in-person event. Registrants will be notified if trainings are moved to virtual events in response to COVID-19.

APT Approved Provider 16-457

Children’s connections to their caregivers vastly impact brain development, ability to regulate, and relationships throughout their lifetimes. Assisting children and families in building positive connections and attachments in childhood helps improve current functioning and future mental health. In this workshop, participants will learn about attachment theory, assessing attachment, and how to apply attachment theory to clients and their parents when conceptualizing play therapy clients. They will also learn about multiple modalities of family play therapy, including Filial Therapy and Theraplay®, which can help build and/or repair attachment wounds and build connection between children and caregivers. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice utilizing techniques they will be able to use in play therapy sessions and walk away with practical interventions they can use with their own clients.



Participants will:

  • Learn about the history of attachment research and how attachment theory impacts client conceptualization in family play therapy
  • Explore how early childhood experiences impact brain development and attachment in the context of family and family play therapy
  • Practice and learn to use play therapy assessment techniques to assess how trauma and/or attachment disruptions can impact ability to build and maintain relationships with others
  • Learn about family play model Filial Therapy and techniques
  • Learn about family play model Theraplay® and techniques to use for Theraplay®-informed practice
  • Practice applying and utilizing family play therapy skills and techniques and assisting parents in applying these skills at home

APT Approved Provider 16-457

Payment and Cancellation Policy: Payment is due at the time of registration. Cancellations made at least 30 days before date of course will receive a full refund of registration cost. Cancellations made less than 30 days before date of course may transfer their registration fees to an alternative course or request for a partial refund. In the event a registered participant does not cancel and does not attend (no-show), the registration fees will not be eligible for refund or transfer.  *All refunds and transfers are at the discretion of Meraki Institute of Learning and Tanager Place


September 24, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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