Addressing Developmental Trauma in Play Therapy

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This play therapy training is offered Live In-Person and Virtual via Zoom Platform. Play therapy can involve working with children with perplexing symptoms that do not fit into diagnostic boxes and may include psychotic features. Diagnosis with these children may vary between ODD, DMDD, IED, and bipolar disorder by different play therapy providers and mental health professionals. This training addresses identifying and assessing developmental trauma in play therapy that may be unconscious to a child. Play therapy skills of building rapport with “difficult” clients and evidence-based stabilization skills for fight, flight, and freeze responses will be taught, along with the role of the therapist as the client reintegrates back into the present.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how to identify and assess for developmental trauma in play therapy sessions and parent sessions
  2. Discuss the importance of play therapy stabilization work before processing developmental trauma in the playroom
  3. Explain how play therapy reintegration occurs through the child’s journey towards healing and your role as a play therapist in this phase of treatment

Nik Johnson

M.S., LPC, Registered Play Therapist™, EMDR Consultant

Nik has been a private practice counselor at the Center for Counseling and Family Relationships since 2017. He works with children (aged 4+), adolescents, and adults, specializing in complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy. Previously Nik worked at an agency in Missouri providing play therapy to children in the foster care system. He offers continuing education to professionals, especially within the topics of working with developmental trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy.


Approved Continuing Education Provider

CCFAM Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7105. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CCFAM Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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This training is non-refundable, unless cancelled by training provider. Event will be cancelled if fewer than 5 participants.

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