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Proven & Effective Play Therapy Strategies with Children, Adolescents & Children of All Ages

Presented by Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Tuesday, May 2, 2017  |  Edmonton, ab

!  Important Notice:

Online registration is now CLOSED for this event. You can arrive up to one hour early to register for this event at the door.

Date & Location

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Tuesday, May 2, 2017

9:00am – 4:00pm

Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton

10010 – 178 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.6000

website:  www.executivehotels.net/westedmontonhotels/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

This workshop will teach attendees how to use Play Therapy as an incredible method of communication and diagnostics. It will teach you how to interpret the ways in which children and adolescents play, the importance of what they play with/what they create, and how to interpret their interactions with us as the professional. You will learn how to understand and determine what the individual is struggling with and causes for presenting behaviours and emotions.

Techniques can be used for anger (OCD), anxiety, ADHD, depression and self-esteem issues, trauma/PTSD, abuse and fears. Attendees will leave with a tool box of ready to use Play Therapy techniques that they will immediately be able to implement in their work with helping children, adolescents and even adults. This tool box will consist of appropriate tools for different problems. Some of the tools will include Sand Tray therapy, coloring, the use of puppets, clay use, dance/movement, “I Spy”, and so many other great techniques. Much of this workshop will include active learning and participation. So get ready to learn, have fun and see the world through a child’s eyes.

Play Therapy allows for the clinician to be creative, adapt techniques to fit any given individual or setting and is fun! This workshop will teach attendees a wide variety of such tools but will also do so in a hands on manner so that attendees can immediately return to work and implement these tools into their day to day work.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

DAY 1: MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

The Development of Play

  • Stages of language and growth
  • Neural connection and brain development
  • How play helps to Build a Brain
  • The Stages of Play Development

Why Play?

  • The need for movement
  • Play and brain development

Specific Techniques & Approaches

  • Assessment and Diagnostic
  • Therapeutic Benefits
  • Non-Directive versus Directive/ Soft and Hard Medium

DAY 2: TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

But Wait, There’s MORE!

  • Drawings
  • Boards Games
  • Emotions – Feeling Face
  • Make It Real
  • Collages/Journals

Play Therapy with Families, Groups, and Couples

The Significance of Repetitious Play and the Relevance to Processing Trauma

  • How To Help Children Process Trauma

Arranging the Ideal Play Therapy Space

Areas of Caution


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the significant of play and why certain toys are used more at certain ages
  • Learn and be able to implement specific and easy Play Therapy techniques for specific presenting issues
  • Use Play Therapy as a diagnostic tool and interpret what you see
  • Know which play therapy techniques to use with different children and different presenting problems
  • Address things to be aware of and areas of caution including selecting the best materials depending upon the presenting issue
  • How to use these techniques in a variety of settings including Group Play Therapy
  • Analyze case examples through stories and photographs

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Christine Dargon, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist with over 20 years of experience. She has been working with children and families for years in such areas as abuse, divorce and custody disputes, children of alcoholic/drug addicted parents and adopted children. She currently has a private practice in Northern AZ where she offers a wide range of psychological services including play therapy, counseling for individuals of all ages, couples and family therapies. Dr. Dargon has also been teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 15 years specializing in Child Development and Counseling. She is currently on faculty at Grand Canyon University serving students in the Masters’ of Counseling Psychology Program and undergraduate programs. Dr. Dargon received her Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Family Therapy. Dr. Dargon is the Founder and Director of a Children’s’ Theater Company.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Recommended Accommodation

Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton

10010 – 178 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.6000

website:  www.executivehotels.net/westedmontonhotels/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

For April 30-May 2, 2017 and May 30-31, 2017

Single/Double Queen Bedroom – $129 + Tax

Single/Double King Bedroom – $149 + Tax

Cut-off Date: March 30, 2017 for April reservations, and April 28, 2017 for May reservations.

* Please use group booking code 1730 for April 30-May 2 reservations, and 1731 for May 30-31 reservations.

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $399 $419
Group 3-7 $379 $399
Group 8-14 $359 $379
Group 15+ $324 $344
Full-Time Student $324 $344
Individual Enrollment $229 $249
Group 3-7 $214 $234
Group 8-14 $199 $219
Group 15+ $179 $199
Full-Time Student $179 $199
3 DAY OPTION: Attend Both Dr. Dargon Workshops and SAVE!
Individual Enrollment $599 $619
Group 3-7 $569 $589
Group 8-14 $549 $549
Group 15+ $499 $499
Full-Time Student $499 $499

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All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 27, 2017
The early bird date has passed. Regular rates apply.

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