Psychological First-Aid Trauma Interventions and Play Therapy:
Healing Our Clients, Healing Ourselves
HAPT 2020 Annual Conference
Friday, February 21, 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020
1525 Rycroft St, Honolulu, HI 96814
This program is co-sponsored by the Hawaii Association for Play Therapy and The Institute for Continuing Education. The Conference offers a total of 12.00 contact hours (6.00hrs. per day).
Janine Shelby, PhD., RPT-S
Title: Crisis and Acute Play Therapy Interventions following Tragic Events.
Large-scale traumatic events befall many children and adolescents, and play therapists are often called upon to assist survivors and indirectly exposed children. Prepare yourself to respond by learning practical tips for disclosing disastrous events to children, providing parenting interventions, offering developmentally and culturally sensitive interventions, and using play therapy coping and psychoeducation activities that correspond to Psychological First Aid modules.
Title: Too Tired to Play: How Play Therapists Can Overcome Secondary Traumatic Stress
In recent decades, a body of evidence has emerged on the indirect effects of repeated exposure to traumatic events as part of one’s work. Day after day, play therapists’ passion for their work drives them to their play therapy rooms, where they vicariously share the painful experiences of young clients and their families. Play therapists, who often work with vulnerable and traumatized children may be at particular risk for developing distress, trauma-related reactions, or a sense of powerlessness as a function of their work. Another emerging body of research suggests that vicarious exposure to trauma may also promote some professionals’ posttraumatic growth. If you adore your work but want practical tips to remain energized for your work, this presentation is for you! The seminar is designed to provide an uplifting perspective, promote posttraumatic growth, bring a sense of closure through didactic and experiential activities, unite play therapists in their shared mission, and replenish and renew play therapists’ strength for the important work of play.