© Resiliency & Perspective

A NEW WAY TO EXPERIENCE FAMILIES AFFLICTED BY TRAUMA

Resiliency &  Perspective

Sep 08, 2018, 8:00 AM – Sep 09, 2018, 5:00 PM
Best Western Plus GranTree Inn,
1325 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
To assure your continuing education certificate please register by September 1st, 2018.

Resiliency & Perspective

A New Way to Experience Families Afflicted by Trauma 

     Working with families can be very complex and challenging at times, especially when trauma is involved. Whether complex or acute trauma, the relationship and client concerns can lead to feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy as a counselor. This two day workshop is designed to bring awareness and normalcy to the challenges these families and we as their helpers face. It will incorporate the neurobiological effects of trauma with client symptomology  to create a space of acceptance for both our experience as helpers and their experience as survivors. Using science-based information to empower us with the most effective and important tool, ourselves and our relationship with our clients. Most families that have experienced trauma have a hyper or hypo vigilant nervous system that is constantly working to detect safety. It’s first stage of detection is through the social relationships in their environment. Thus if we can regulate our nervous system and be our authentic selves it will support them in their self-regulation and tolerance of the therapeutic relationship. 

We hope to encourage the perception that client symptoms are valuable and survivalistic to promote client resiliency and decrease counselor anxiety. If we can create an environment of exploration and normalcy by being attuned to our clients experiences in and out of counseling and listening to their cues we can meet them where they are developmentally. Statements like, “I’m working harder than them,” “they won’t try anything new,” or “they don’t want to change” become amazing indicators that we’re not in alignment with where they are and what they need. This exploration and building of relationships can be exceptionally challenging when trauma is involved because of the way it changes our clients experience of reality and safety. This workshop will focus on ways for you to promote safety in your relationship with your clients, despite the attachment challenges that can be present, and support them in combating isolation which is a key side effect of trauma. Encouraging self awareness as helpers to help use feelings of exhaustion, being overwhelmed, or not enjoying our clients as indicators of our relational patterns that may be affecting the therapeutic process. Through the gift of counselor authenticity we are able to teach our clients through observational learning and effect their experience of the world through mirror neurons.
 

The second part of the workshop will focus on play therapy assessment and interventions to support children, parents, and families in their process and help move them through their trauma developmentally. The workshop titled Treating Family Trauma through Powerful Play Therapy will focus on empowering play therapists to be effective in treating families who have experienced trauma as a system. Helping therapists to find value in treating family as opposed to treating child. Providing you with scientifically supported tools that support you in feeling armed and competent to help families. Being able to exist in a room with an entire family or just parents can feel exhausting. This part of the workshop will focus on techniques and tools that allow you and support you in finding your place in the family system and how to strengthen attachment through play. Trauma affects the adult brain in the same ways as a child’s brain and when the adults are triggered or their nervous system is aroused they are presenting developmentally as a child themselves. That being said, play therapy techniques are a non-invasive way to gauge developmentally where your parents are and support their healing and thus their child’s. Many families affected by trauma have few opportunities in their lives where their goal is to enjoy themselves as a family. Play is inherently fun and is easy to sell, once you help them understand the importance for their children and their family. This training will support you in understanding the gift family involvement is and arm you with the tools to help all members heal.

Objectives

Day One

  • Awareness of neurobiological aspects of the the central nervous system and their affects on the developmental spectrum from child into adulthood and how to use this as the basic tenets of the play therapy process to support healing and growth.

  • Using play therapy interventions to highlight and normalize the functionality of symptomology.

  • Utilizing counselor self awareness to identify play therapy interventions that are developmentally appropriate for the client and their stage of healing.

  • Supporting attendees in using their authentic selves as part of the play therapy intervention to encourage healing and regulation.

  • Exploring counselor triggers and defenses that lead to feeling stuck, exhausted, and helpless in the play therapy process.

  • Bringing awareness of parallel process and transference and using it in the play therapy process.

 

Day Two

 

  • Defining and establishing your role as a therapist in the play therapy room with the family.

  • Create effective assessment tools with little questionaires and many play therapy techniques.

  • Increasing observation and awareness as the therapist through play therapy techniques and theories.

  • Understand behaviors are symptoms of root through with play therapy. Brain and Body Connection.

  • Provide play therapy treatment interventions to create desired change for healing family.

  • Closure using play therapy to support regulation and effective termination.

 
 
 
 

Speakers

Ania Bartkowiak
MS, LCPC, RPT-S

Ania Bartkowiak is a family and trauma therapist with a practice in Bozeman, where she earned a masters in Counseling from Montana State University. Ania has been working with victims of domestic violence and trauma for 10 years and currently runs the counseling program for HAVEN, a Bozeman based domestic violence shelter. She is credentialed as a Certified Clinical Domestic Violence Counselor through NAFC, and Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor through APT. She has been a supervisor for professionals seeking a degree and licensure for the past 4 years. Ania is pursuing her PhD from Oregon State University. Ania is basing her clinical practice in relational and cultural healing, creating safety being the top priority and condition on successful therapeutic relationship forming. She is interested in the issues of vicarious trauma and maintenance of wellbeing for helping professionals.

Mary Morgan
MS, LCPC, LMFT, RPT-S

Mary Morgan has specialized in couples, family, children, and adolescent therapy since 1978. She founded Red Tent Counseling in 2007, where she focuses on family and children ages 2-10 years old. She is currently in the process of opening Red Tent Family Center, a visitation Center that will support families in healing from high conflict divorce and parental alienation. This Center will support families in healing from intergenerational Trauma. Mary’s mission is to change the world one family at a time by building healthy family connections. Mary has also been the Program Director of Brain Balance Highlands Ranch Achievement Center. She works to build relationship with children and families, supporting functional brain development and helping families to make necessary changes in their family lives. She uses occupational therapy techniques to identify and assess areas of the brain, body and development that are affected by trauma as well as play therapy techniques to support client attachment, healthy family interactive patterns, developmental progression and healing. Mary writes about connecting with children in the world of play in her upcoming book The Treasure of Toys.

Lacee Gengenbacher
MS, LCPC

Lacee Gengenbacher has worked with families who’ve experienced trauma for over a decade. She earned her masters degree from Montana State University and established her own private practice in 2013 where she works with children and families. She has completed trainings for Certified Family Trauma Professional. Lacee and her family have experienced medical trauma over the last three years, through their journey towards healing she has gained valuable insight into the inner workings of families who have been afflicted by trauma. Lacee brings the knowledge and experience of counseling, the extensive study of trauma, and the experience of being in counseling as an individual, parent, couple and family to this workshop. Through her own journey towards mindfulness and healing she has used her experiences to tap into her own resiliency and share her findings and knowledge with others to provide safety through clinical competence and hope. Her approach is not to fix or extinguish behaviors, but to understand them and support children, adults, families and their helpers in healing through acceptance and validation.

Schedule

Day 1

Day 2

8:00
Registration
8:30
Welcome
MARY MORGAN:
The Complete Picture -
Trauma from Brain to Body
10:30
Break
1:00
MARY MORGAN:
The New Experience
14:00
RICARDO TAYLOR:
Content is King.
Design is Queen.
15:30
HILLARY GETTER:
Designers & Developers -
The Perfect Marriage
17:00
Closing Remarks
18:00
COCKTAILS & PARTY!
12:00
Lunch
11:00
7:30
Registration
8:00
Trauma, Neurobiology and Symptomology
10:00
Break 
Morning snack provided
10:30
Trauma, Neurobiology and Symptomology
12:30
Lunch
No lunch provided
1:30
Vicarious Trauma 
3:30
Break 
Afternoon snack provided
4:00
Vicarious Trauma 
7:30
Registration
(Single Day Registrants Only)
8:00
Treating Family Trauma Through Powerful Play Therapy
10:00
Break 
Morning snack provided
10:30
Treating Family Trauma Through Powerful Play Therapy
12:30
Lunch
No lunch provided
1:30
Treating Family Trauma Through Powerful Play Therapy
3:30
Break 
Afternoon snack provided
4:00
Treating Family Trauma Through Powerful Play Therapy

Continuing Education

To assure your continuing education certificate please register by September 1st, 2018.
To assure your continuing education certificate please register by September 1st, 2018.
  • Association for Play Therapy approved provider S2-249 for 14 direct-contact continuing education hours
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction approval of 14 renewal units
  • Montana Board of Behavioral Health approval of 14 continuing education units
  • South Dakota Board of Examiners approval of 14 continuing education credits
  • North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners approval of 14 continuing education units

Venue

The Best Western Plus GranTree Inn
1325 N 7th Ave,
Bozeman, MT 59715, USA

To book a room at a discounted rate at the GranTree, please call 406-587-5261 and ask for the Resiliency and Perspective Workshop rate.

Workshop Rate:

$159 per night plus tax

Contact

For questions or help with the workshop please contact Resiliency & Perspective

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