Attachment Centered Play Therapy
April 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$35.00 - $85.00
Description: Through the lens of attachment theory, participants will gain a new understanding of how children and families interact and bond to one another in healthy vs maladaptive ways. We will be looking at the manner in which trauma, abuse, and neglect impact the bonds of attachment within the family system and how the power of attachment-centered play therapy can help to heal these wounds. Participants will learn new and innovative play therapy techniques and leave with a creative toolbox of tips, techniques, and a clear understanding of how attachment styles impact relationships.
1- Participants will learn how attachment theory applies to play therapy and to view family systems through the lens of attachment.
2- Participants will be able to conceptualize attachment patterns that impact modern parent-child relationships.
3- Participant will learn skills in becoming more competent and confident in engaging parents in family play therapy.
4- Participants will learn effective evidence-based play therapy techniques that can be used immediately with their client populations.
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has focused on providing therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Training and Development at Wasatch Family Therapy. Ms. Mellenthin is a sought after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She is the Past-President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy and remains an active member on the Board of Directors. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings and appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues.