This workshop will present the rationale and application of play therapy with families. Family play therapy has the potential to be disarming and novel, and can decrease ambivalence to therapy, Using a combination of physical, dynamic, and expressive exercises to engage all family members, family play therapy can strengthen emotional connection, shift rigid perceptions, and utilize metaphor in order to identify and work through complex and difficult problems. Most families come to therapy with high expectations and rigid thinking and feeling patterns. Play therapy promotes laughter, joy, and possibilities.
This presentation will use a Constructive Narrative strengths -based treatment approach for individuals with PTSD and co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse disorders, depression and suicidality.
Stress is ubiquitous these days — it plays a role in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. It can take a heavy toll unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully.
Immigrants are achievers though often seen though a deficit lens. Multiple studies point to their dire decisions and persistence based on hope and a collectivistic orientation. If they succeed, others do.
When people face the reality of tragic loss through death, they commonly struggle to process both the "event story" of what has transpired, and to access the "back story" of the relationship with the deceased to negotiate the liminal sense of the loved one's presence within absence. This calls for creative and intuitive therapy that respects the profound assault on the person's world of meaning, but that uses the healing power of imagination, body work and the conjuring of restorative connections to promote resilience.
Couples say they want better communication often without having the developmental capacities to bring about what they so desperately desire. The Initiator-Inquirer Process can be used to increase clients' capacity for empathy, self-definition and giving when it is not convenient.
The Imago Dialogue Process is a structured interaction between intimate partners that creates Safety so they can drop their defenses, become vulnerable and experience connecting. Using the structure enables couples to talk about any subject with creative engagement and without polarizing.