Do you know therapists who seem to have “the magic touch” when it comes to getting children to trust and connect with them?
What if there are actual behaviours that you can learn and incorporate into your way of being with children that can solicit openness, relaxation and trust?
Watch Dafna Lender, LCSW, for this compelling 3-hour workshop, as she walks you through the complexities of using polyvagal theory with your young clients. Using your own social engagement system and tuning into the child’s physiological state you’ll learn:
Regulating and calming techniques for more curiosity, openness & connection
How sending safety messages to brains of mistrusting kids will make them more open to new relational experiences
To use voice, rhythm, facial expressions and touch to elicit trust
To surprise the brain of a defensive child with novel responses to grab attention, interrupt their automatic defensiveness, and generate curiosity
Exercises and activities to make shut down, guarded or angry clients feel more relaxed, open and ready to connect
If you’re working with kids – you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Purchase today!
Continuing Professional Development Certificates
- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 3.5 hours CPD.
Dafna Lender, LCSW, is an international trainer and supervisor for practitioners who work with children and families. She is a certified trainer and supervisor/consultant in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna's expertise is drawn from 25 years of working with families with attachment in many settings: at-risk after school programs, therapeutic foster care, in-home crisis stabilization, residential care and private practice. Dafna's style, whether as a therapist or teacher, is combining the light-hearted with the profound by bringing a playful, intense and passionate presence to every encounter. Dafna is the co-author of Theraplay: The Practitioner's Guide (2020). She teaches and supervises clinicians in 15 countries in 3 languages: English, Hebrew and French.
Financial: Dafna Lender has an employment relationship with The Theraplay Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dafna Lender has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)
Access never expires for this product.
Evaluate the foundational principles and features of the Polyvagal Theory in order to elicit trust in the young clients you work with.
Apply the features of the Polyvagal Theory to inform clinical treatment interventions for children.
Analyze the Social Engagement System and how the brain-face-heart connection evolved.
Analyze when a child’s Social Engagement System is compromised by stress and trauma and help to reset it.
Construct how a therapy session can be planned and carried out to maximize client safety, social engagement and regulation.
Polyvagal Theory – Application for Children
Foundational Principles and features
Applying Polyvagal Theory in Clinical Practice
Harnessing your Social Engagement System
How to Reset when Compromised by Stress and Trauma
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.