Expressive arts provides a powerful tool for your adolescent clients in the play therapy process to express themselves, identify cognitive distortions and shame, explore self-concept and their relationships, and develop resiliency through the creative process. The key to effective change for your client is ensuring that you target the actual "root(s)" underlying the problem. This course uses a neuroscience and attachment lens in play therapy to give you a framework to recognize what factors are contributing to your client's mental health challenges. You'll use this "lens" to explore and address these core issues underlying many mental health challenges for adolescents. Understanding the role of attachment and the neuroscience underlying the problem provides you with a powerful tool to help your young clients make lasting change in their lives.
You'll learn a variety of expressive arts activities using mindfulness, art, poetry, and music to explore these keys areas with your young clients. These activities will help your clients explore painful emotions and experiences using expressive arts to help them engage in the change process more deeply. Change can be painful and overwhelming for adolescents and expressive arts can help your client access those painful areas of their lives, core beliefs, and emotions to help them make effective changes. You'll learn how to engage the therapeutic powers of play such as self-expression to support their social-emotional growth, access their unconscious areas supporting emotional pain, resiliency, social competence, and so much more.
You'll learn a neuroscience and attachment-informed framework to help you ground your expressive arts strategies in theory and application in the play therapy process. Having a good "roadmap" is essential to ensure you establish and maintain strong therapeutic rapport since that's the key to helping your client use your support to navigate the painful change process as well as a focus on your clinical decision-making process to guide your use of expressive arts interventions.
This version of the course does NOT provide CEs. If you're interested in obtaining CEs for non-contact distance learning, please go to the CE version for this course.
What you will learn:
1) Define the concept of mentalization and its relationship with attachment and emotion regulation in play therapy
2) Learn the relationship between attachment, mentalization, and our conceptualization of self, others, and relationships in play therapy for adolescents
3) Explain the mind-body connection for emotion regulation in play therapy
4) Identify at least three therapeutic powers of play to use with expressive modalities
5) Explain the archetypes and shadow and light attributes of attachment and how to use them to integrate expressive arts activities in the play therapy process
6) Describe the elements of the Be 5 Framework to apply clinical decision-making for integrating expressive arts in play therapy and establish a strong therapeutic relationship to facilitate change
7) Demonstrate at least four expressive arts activities to use with adolescents in the play therapy process to explore self-concept, relationships, regulate emotions, develop coping skills, and increase resiliency
To help you apply the information learned in the training, there is a Community Group (like a Facebook Group) to share ideas, ask questions, and get feedback that's available 24/7.
There are additional Live Zoom Calls scheduled periodically for additional consultation support to help you effectively and confidently use the information learned in the course.
You'll have lifetime access to the course as long as the course is available with access to the training material, Community group, and periodic Zoom calls, including any updates made to the course along the way.