To Cut or Not to Cut: Treating Teens who Self-Injure Using Creative and Play-Based Counseling Techniques

  • This workshop will discuss various types of self-injurious behavior, as well as the family dynamics that are often present among at-risk adolescents.
  • Counselors will become familiar with the warning signs indicating that a teen is engaging in self-harm and learn strategies to help parents respond to their teens’ emotional needs.
  • Legal and ethical obligations will also be explored.
  • This technique-oriented workshop will allow participants to engage in original play-based activities designed to facilitate emotional expression among teenagers who self-injure.
  • During the experiential component of the presentation, the presenter will offer a fun, energizing approach to treating self-injurious behavior.

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.