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Managing Medical Trauma with Play Therapy: Video Course

Managing Medical Trauma with Play Therapy: Video Course

Any experience involving illness, injury or pain and / or distressing medical procedures may very likely create traumatic psychological and physiological manifestations in our young clients – showing up as medical trauma. While this can affect individuals of all ages – young children and teens are especially vulnerable as they don’t have the control and decision-making authority to help decide what happens to them in medical settings and treatment. Feelings of loss of control, guilt, confusion, helplessness, and anger are common.

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This course does not qualify for CE credits.

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Course Credits

CPD: 3 / CE: N/A

Speaker(s)

Lisa Dion

Course length in hours

3 hrs of video content

Full course information

These feelings are also common in the child’s family members as they live alongside the child through the medical trauma and in some cases also experience the medical trauma themselves. Medical Trauma symptoms include:

  • Physical sensations – pain, sweating and continual discomfort
  • Avoidance and emotional numbing
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Difficulties with self-regulation
  • Attention and academic difficulties
  • Regression and loss of previously acquired skills
  • Older clients may use drugs or alcohol and behave in risky ways

Without knowing that the child may have undergone medical trauma, and how the symptoms manifest; play therapists can inadvertently miss the signs of medical trauma or jump to conclusions regarding the child’s behaviour and play. Medical trauma can thus be easily overlooked in therapy with young clients.

Therefore, it is critical for play therapists to understand what medical trauma is and how to use play therapy and the therapeutic powers of play to help children, teens and their families integrate their medical experiences and progress confidently with fulfilling lives.

At this practical, therapeutically oriented 3-hour workshop, play therapists will:

  • Explore medical trauma from the perspective of neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology while drawing from Gestalt Play Therapy, Synergetic Play Therapy and Nature Based Play principles.
  • Using creative play-based ways to support children and their family’s healing process, participants will learn how to create emotional and relational safety for trauma integration
  • We will learn what it means to become a child’s external regulator to help integrate the activation in a child / teen’s nervous system while safely allowing the child / teen to access the stored trauma in their body from the medical trauma
  • Explore the symptoms often associated with medical trauma as the symptoms can often be confused with sexual or sensory trauma
  • Explain the most important goal when applying play therapy to your work with both children and parents
  • Discuss how to accelerate a child / teen’s psychological development, increasing self-regulation and increasing their self-esteem

Whether the client has experienced a single incident trauma or is struggling with a chronic illness, participants will learn what it really takes to integrate their experiences.  As children / teens are not the only ones affected by medical trauma, care for their caregivers will also be addressed, as well as exploration of creative play-based ways to help the entire family system heal.

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What you’ll learn

At this practical, therapeutically oriented 3-hour workshop, play therapists will:

  • Explore medical trauma from the perspective of neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology while drawing from Gestalt Play Therapy, Synergetic Play Therapy and Nature Based Play principles.
  • Using creative play-based ways to support children and their family’s healing process, participants will learn how to create emotional and relational safety for trauma integration
  • We will learn what it means to become a child’s external regulator to help integrate the activation in a child / teen’s nervous system while safely allowing the child / teen to access the stored trauma in their body from the medical trauma
  • Explore the symptoms often associated with medical trauma as the symptoms can often be confused with sexual or sensory trauma
  • Explain the most important goal when applying play therapy to your work with both children and parents
  • Discuss how to accelerate a child / teen’s psychological development, increasing self-regulation and increasing their self-esteem

Learning objectives

  • Describe common traumatic stress reactions related to Medical Interventions and procedures and the importance of working with the entire family system when there is medical trauma
  • List at least 4 creative play interventions to help children heal from medical trauma
  • Explore Synergetic Play Therapy’s concept of the “Set Up” as a way to understand what a child or teen is attempting to communicate 

About the speaker(s)

Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an international teacher, creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, co-founder of the Synergetic Education Institute, creator of the Business of Therapy and host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast.  She is the author of Aggression in Play Therapy:  A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity and is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counsellor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified Gestalt Therapist, Parent Educator, Level II EMDR practitioner, and Master Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method; as well as former adjunct faculty at Naropa University, teaching child and adolescent courses in their Transpersonal Counselling Psychology Program.

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