This training will teach therapists 4-steps to end their therapeutic relationships in a planned and sensitive manner using play therapy interventions. It views termination as a form of loss.During termination (as is true of grief and loss work) the therapist supports the client to work through the loss of a relationship while adjusting to a world without the support of that relationship.The client must learn to rely on his/her own skills and supports. Like grief and loss work, termination work is a process that takes effort and individuals are impacted differently by their personal experience of the loss, trauma history or previous history with another therapist. Some individuals may make a more healthy and successful adaptation to this transition than others.It is important to keep in mind, as with grief and loss, that not every client will process termination in the same way.
Following the training, participants will be able to:
1.Describe the 4-steps of a successful termination so that the play therapy relationship ends in a planned, sensitive manner.
2.Utilize at least 12 creative, developmentally, and culturally sensitive play therapy interventions that enhance resiliency and strengthen protective assets during termination with children and adolescents.
3.Integrate grief work, interpersonal neurobiology and trauma theory to cultivate a deeper understanding for how to leverage the ending of the play therapy relationship to bring healing to a traumatized client.