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SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR NEXT ERN MEETING!
Kim Flowers for a discussion about developmental play, play therapy, and our work with young children and their caregivers. Clinical, case-based discussions are welcome. Come join us for an interesting and reflective discussion. Coffee and tea will be served. Please see a separate email for the location details.
ERN Hosts "Porges' Polyvagal Theory" Discussion
At our last ERN Saturday meeting on April 18, Donna Chevalier opened her home on a sunny morning in east county for ERN. Denise VonRotz, Chelsea Haakmeester, Laurie Hall, Susan Kim, Vincentia Schroeter, and Sherry Hartwell tackled Stephen Porges Vagal Theory using a short video, a pdf, and what we already knew. Vin’s knowledge and demonstrations of the theory kept us nodding and smiling. Lots of feeling safe. We know that means we can learn and be ourselves. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Porges’ theory is especially important for working with individuals/families who have experienced trauma because he normalizes the range of reactions people have in order to cope with traumatic events; for example, dissociation when one is in a life-threatening situation. Porges’ work also changes what we learned about the autonomic nervous system from a dual antagonistic system to a hierarchical system with three levels of response: life threatening, danger but is not life-threatening, and one of safety. His theory holds many implications for therapists. Creating a safe environment for the client is central for increasing well-being.
Best website is his own: http://www.stephenporges.com. Start with the "home" tab and from there you can choose several options for articles, interviews, and videos. You can also use YouTube for some of his talks.
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Brenda Jones Harden writes "Research-to-practice brief: Services for families of infants and toddlers experiencing trauma". In this brief she summarizes what is known about the impact of trauma on our youngest, and services to support them.
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THE "RIGHT" CONNECTION
Invites you to join us at their next meeting and presentation:
"Let Your Heart Sing! Integrating Music with Play Therapy Techniques for Children, Youth & Families", a FREE 1.5 CE Workshop for LCSWs and MFTs!
Date/Time: June 13, 2015
Location: National University Kearny Mesa Campus, Room 114
3678 Aero Ct, San Diego, CA 92123.
Workshop Description: This workshop is for beginning to intermediate play therapists interested in learning the benefits of integrating music as a play therapy tool. This fun, interactive workshop addresses the benefits of music in therapy and teaches ways to integrate music with play therapy for a variety of treatment goals, including improving mood, increasing self-expression and building coping skills.
1. After the workshop, participants will be able to identify three specific benefits of music that can be seen in play therapy
2. After the workshop, participants will be able to identify at least two methods of using music to assess and engage clients in play therapy
3. After the workshop, participants will be able to identify at least two play therapy techniques using music in the treatment of children and adolescents.
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Shadburn is a licensed psychologist in San Diego, CA who has been conducting trainings in play therapy and child interventions for over fifteen years. She has been a program director and play therapy practitioner in community mental health, school-based mental health, and private practice. She is a former adjunct faculty member at Alliant International University/CSPP, Los Angeles and Phillips Graduate Institute.
Registration: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
California Association For Play Therapy ~ San Diego Chapter
Save the date for the 6th Annual We Can't Wait conference on September 17-19! This year's theme is "Trauma Informed Care: A Lifelong Perspective to Live Well". We're fortunate to have Dr. Bruce Perry return as a keynote speaker. This year, the renowned Chandra Ghosh Ippen, PhD, will also join as a keynote speaker to discuss Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and diversity. Several ERN members will lead workshops as well. It promises to be a wonderful learning experience. Details to follow!
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ERN BOARD MEMBERS
Chris Isaac, Susie Lo & Jean Rothman