Navigating the Mine Field: Identifying the Play Therapist’s Role in High- Conflict Divorce and Child Custody Cases

  • This presentation will discuss the role of play therapists with children involved in high-conflict divorce cases and child custody cases who are in need of a variety of professional services.
  • The presenter will explain the importance of collaborating with other court professionals when families are in crisis.
  • The participants will be given challenging case vignettes and asked to identify the roles of the professionals involved, consider pertinent legal and ethical issues, and outline a treatment plan for the child.

Ending the Vicious Cycle: Play Therapy with Diverse Families in Conflict, Chaos, and Crisis

  • Using a structured play therapy approach, the presenter will provide a full day of experiential activities and techniques that can be implemented with culturally diverse families who are experiencing severe conflicts and crises.
  • The presenter will also discuss pertinent DSM-5 diagnoses when working with families in crisis, as well as provide specific strategies that can be implemented with families with disruptive children.

Helping Parents of Sexually Abused Children

Sexually abused children and adolescents often experience feelings of anger, depression, anxiety, fear, guilt, and shame. Many sexually abused children conceal their painful emotions from others while engaging in problem behaviors, therefore the purpose of their behavior is often misunderstood. Studies have shown that parental support has a significant impact on a child’s ability to adjust and heal from sexual abuse. However,

Multicultural Sensitivity in Sexual Abuse Cases

  • This presentation is grounded in principles of humanism, in that the primary focus is on helping culturally diverse families find purpose and meaning when sexual abuse occurs in the family.
  • The presenters will discuss the importance of the therapeutic relationship in facilitating growth and self-directed change among culturally diverse clients by conveying empathy, respect, and encouragement.
  • Humanistic principles such as hope, optimism, and a supportive environment will be discussed as related to the emotional experiences of families who have experienced sexual abuse.

Ending the Vicious Cycle: Adlerian Psychotherapy with Culturally Diverse Families in Conflict, Chaos, and Crisis

  • This presentation will discuss creative strategies that can be used to assess family dynamics and interaction patterns among culturally diverse families who are experiencing severe conflicts and crises.

Families seeking psychotherapy are often entangled in a vicious cycle of inter-generational abuse, violence, and trauma. As a result, children learn to conceal their emotions from others. Their underlying feelings manifest into problem behaviors, including violence/ aggression, self-injury, suicide attempts, and substance use.

Healing From Divorce: A Humanistic Approach

  • This workshop will discuss ways to establish a trusting therapeutic relationship while helping divorcing clients process painful emotions.
  • The presenters will address optimism, and its role in helping clients overcome their fears, find purpose in their life, and develop more meaningful connections to others.
  • Creative counseling techniques designed to establish rapport and work through anger will be demonstrated.
  • Particular emphasis will be given to helping clients establish a plan for wellness and self-care.