APT content area: Special Topics

Helping Families Use the Power of Co-regulation Through Play Therapy

Presenter: Robyn Rausch, LPCC, RPT

 

Description:

A three-hour training that utilizes current neuroscience research on child brain development to help play therapist’s teach parents use co-regulation to calm and connect with their children. This will be focus on polyvagal theory and the use of mirror neurons to influence a child’s developing regulation skills. The focus on new neuroscience research and accompanying skills allow this training to fit into APT’s “Special Topics” category.

 

Learning Objectives – Participants will

1.    Clinician will be able to define and explain vagal tone and regulation in language the average parent can understand within a play therapy context.

2.    Clinician will be able to define and explain mirror neurons and their role in regulation in language the average parent can understand within a play therapy context.


3.    Clinician will leave with 5 specific play therapy focused strategies for activating either mirror neurons, the vagal response or both in order to help a child build self-regulation skills. 

Instructor Bio:

Robyn has 5 years of experience in play therapy. She has been working with kids with mental health difficulties most of her life and has a great passion for helping families build resilience and regulation. She currently works with Renewing Hope Counseling in Houston, Texas and advocates through her business, Calming Communities. She practices Adlerian Play Therapy through Relational Cultural Lens and includes a lot of neuroscience as the foundation for skill building. For more information about Robyn, check out her page www.calmingcommunities.com

Robyn Rausch, LPC, RPT