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Building Attachment/Connection Through Family Play Therapy

September 24, 2021 @ 3:30 am 11:30 am CDT

Meraki Institute of Learning

September 24th 2021

Live In-Person Workshop

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Cost: $165

Workshop Level: All


Joella Gerber LISW, RPT


Tanager Place Estle Center Lower Level Training Room

1030 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids Iowa

Training Hours:

Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals & graduate students in a mental health program

  • Total: 6.5 Contact CEs
  • Play Therapy History (0.5hr)
  • Play Therapy Seminal or Historical Theories (3hrs)
  • Play Therapy Skills & Methods (3hrs)
APT Approved Provider #16-457

Workshop Details

Children’s connections to their caregivers vastly impact brain development, ability to regulate, and relationships throughout their lifetimes. Assisting children and families in building positive connections and attachments in childhood helps improve current functioning and future mental health. In this workshop, participants will learn about attachment theory, assessing attachment, and how to apply attachment theory to clients and their parents when conceptualizing play therapy clients. They will also learn about multiple modalities of family play therapy, including Filial Therapy and Theraplay®, which can help build and/or repair attachment wounds and build connection between children and caregivers. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice utilizing techniques they will be able to use in play therapy sessions and walk away with practical interventions they can use with their own clients.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Learn about the history of attachment research and how attachment theory impacts client conceptualization in family play therapy
  2. Explore how early childhood experiences impact brain development and attachment in the context of family and family play therapy
  3. Practice and learn to use play therapy assessment techniques to assess how trauma and/or attachment disruptions can impact ability to build and maintain relationships with others
  4. Learn about family play model Filial Therapy and techniques
  5. Learn about family play model Theraplay® and techniques to use for Theraplay®-informed practice
  6. Practice applying and utilizing family play therapy skills and techniques and assisting parents in applying these skills at home

Workshop Schedule

  • 8:30am to 10:15am: Instruction
  • 10:15am to 10:30am: Break
  • 10:30am to 12:00pm: Instruction
  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm: Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm to 2:45pm: Instruction
  • 2:45pm to 3:00pm: Break
  • 3:00pm to 4:30pm: Instruction

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Payment is due at the time of registration. Cancellations made at least 30 days before date of course will receive a full refund of registration cost. Cancellations made less than 30 days before date of course may transfer their registration fees to an alternative course or request for a partial refund. In the event a registered participant does not cancel and does not attend (no-show), the registration fees will not be eligible for refund or transfer. *All refunds and transfers are at the discretion of Meraki Institute of Learning and Tanager Place

Joella Gerber LISW, RPT
Joella Gerber LISW, RPT

Joella is a Clinician Supervisor and Clinic Therapist at Tanager Place, where she is honored to get to help kids, caregivers, teachers, and the community build resilience, integrate relational wellness, and find healing. As a Registered Play Therapist and Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner, Joella believes that relationships and connection are the key to wellness and finds hope in knowing that through intentional experience, support, and work, people can find solutions to the challenges in their lives. Joella is especially passionate about providing support and resources to kids and families who have experienced adoption, foster care, or other trauma.