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IC04 Workshop 33 - How to Hug a Porcupine: Approaches that Work for Treating Difficult and Challenging Children and Adolescents - Joyce Mills, Ph.D.

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Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2004
Joyce Mills, PhD, LMFT
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Dec 04, 2004
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Founded upon the principles of Ericksonian Play Therapy and indigenous teachings, this workshop will provide therapists with creative tools for working with difficult or traumatized clients through StoryPiay®, a multi-cultural, heart-centered, indirective model of therapy that bypasses the quills of pathology and draws upon the natural inner resources, skills and strengths of each child, adolescent, adult or family member to generate healing, growth and change.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To list the six essential elements of StoryPiayTM Therapy.
  2. To describe two natural healing (Story-Crafts) activities for helping children and adolescents who have experienced physical or emotional pain and trauma.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Joyce C. Mills, PhD, LMFT, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor is the Founder/director of the Story- Play® Center in Scottsdale AZ and Co-director of the Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therapy. Recipient of 1997 Annual Intern Play Therapy Award for an “outstanding career contribution in Child Psychology and Play Therapy.” An internationally recognized trainer speaker, consultant, and program development specialist, author of eight books, including the award- winning Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within and Reconnecting to the Magic of Life.