Integrating Nondirective and Directive Approaches with Complex Trauma
Advanced Skills in Play Therapy: Integrating Nondirective and Directive Approaches When Complex Trauma is in the Room This daylong workshop seeks to deepen child and family therapists’ skills to discern when to use directive and nondirective approaches to address developmental challenges with complex trauma clients, and know how to integrate complementary methods of play therapy with such defended young people. Using dialog, short lecture, demonstration, case discussions, and role play, Christine Hensgens and Krista Nelson, seasoned child therapists with different lens and training, hope to enlarge participants' confidence with using directive and nondirective play therapy practices so they can better engage children who have learned to not trust or show adults their inner world in their play. Integrating indirect and directive approaches at key stages in therapy allows children with complex trauma to learn how to signal what they feel, want and need from others, despite their fear. Learning Goals Participants will be able to: Name what is “common ground” of how children and caregivers with complex trauma experiences can grow and change, using many forms of play within a therapeutic relationship, Have a set of decision points to discern when to use directive vs. nondirective play for specific child clients and when to integrate methods. Increase their confidence in guiding the therapy process with trust adverse children and their caregivers through practice with sets of play therapy tools. Assess incremental treatment goals and progress for children with complex trauma when combining methods such as Theraplay, EMDR, Experiential Play Therapy and Child Parent Psychotherapy. CEU Information Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy: 5.5 CEUs Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy: 6 CEUs Minnesota Board of Social Work: 5.5 CEUs Presenter Biographies Christine Hensgens (LICSW, RPT-S, IMH-III) is a Senior Psychotherapist with the Wilder Foundation Child Guidance Clinic. She started her career with children as a preschool teacher and an in-home parent educator. Since obtaining her Masters of Social Work she has worked in multiple settings including nonprofit and county organizations, schools, and in private practice. Christine was trained by Bryon Norton in Experiential Play Therapy in 2009. She obtained her Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor (RPT-S) certification in 2013, was certified as an Infant Mental Health Clinician Level III (IMH-III) in 2015, and received her Experiential Play Therapy Diplomate status in 2016. Christine also has expertise in psychodynamic and child-parent psychotherapy. Krista Nelson (LICSW, LMFT) is Trauma Consultant to the Wilder Foundation’s Clinical Training Program. Krista has thirty years of post-masters experience working with children and parents who have lived through trauma and family changes. She is also co-owner of Family Circle Counseling in St. Paul and practices psychotherapy with children, teens, parents, and adults with attachment losses and complex trauma. Krista has specialized training in Theraplay, EMDR, Dyadic Developmental Therapy, and Emotion Focused Couples/ Family therapy. She is a state certified supervisor in clinical social work and marriage and family therapy and is adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s University. More about workshop: This workshop is part of a monthly series from the Attachment and Trauma Training Program offered by the Community Mental Health & Wellness team at Wilder Foundation. Each workshop offers trauma-informed organizational and practice consultation and training to an array of people-serving organizations, including schools, county social services, domestic violence, family shelters and primary health care programs.