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Core Attachment Therapy©-Prescriptive Play Therapy Approach for Working with Developmental Trauma and Attachment

  • 21 Jul 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • First Congregational Church, 4 Highland Street, Meredith, NH 03253


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  • Non NEAPT Member (Guest)
  • No CE Offered. Student must present valid school ID or proof of enrollment in 12+ credit hours for the semester.

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Core Attachment Therapy©-Prescriptive Play Therapy Approach for Working with Developmental Trauma and Attachment

Core Attachment Therapy© is a bottom-up prescriptive play therapy approach to help children overcome the adverse effects of early attachment disruption. It consists of two key components. Component 1 is The Nurtured Heart Approach® which is a best practice approach for working with children with intense and challenging behaviors. Children with attachment trauma have intense and challenging behaviors. Component 2 is the mommy/daddy attachment games. This affords the child a vehicle to develop healthy and secure attachments with a now emotionally responsive parent. This is all play based to make the games feel safe to then address the core attachment wounds.

The neurobiology of attachment trauma and the Therapeutic Powers of Play tie into Core Attachment Therapy© will be highlighted in this presentation.

Learning Objectives: After successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    1. identify how developmental trauma effects the neurobiology of attachment development
    2. predict behaviors of attachment disruption in the play therapy setting and how to use The Nurtured Heart Approach® (Component 1) and the attachment games (Component 2) to address these behaviors
    3. connect each of the 4 Therapeutic Powers of Play with the therapeutic outcomes of Core Attachment Therapy’s prescriptive play therapy approach

      3 APT Contact CE | Advanced | Play Therapy Skills & Methods, Play Therapy Special Topics

      About our presenter: Dorothy Derapelian, MEd, LCMHC, has a private practice in mental health counseling in Meredith NH which she has been doing since 1986 and specializes in play therapy. In addition to that, she is a certified advanced trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach® and she holds trainings for this. She is an instructor for Granite State College in their Child Welfare Education Program. Dorothy graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and a post graduate of the University of New Hampshire. She also is the creator and author of Core Attachment Therapy©, a process to help secure the attachment bonds between the adopted child and his/her new parents. In addition to being a therapist, instructor and author, she is also an international speaker on the subject of developmental trauma, attachment development, Core Attachment Therapy© and The Nurtured Heart Approach®. She has recently been awarded the 2023 Nationwide Registries Women of Distinction Honors Edition. In her free time, she enjoys lots of outdoor activities. But most importantly, she is the proud adoptive mother of a now wonderful 33 year old woman whom she adopted when she was 6 years old from Russia. 

      NEAPT Members $75; Guests $125 | Limited to 30 participants

      NEAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 02-123. NEAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote NEAPT.

      Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than June 21, 2023. Cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee. Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to another training date may be requested. No refunds or partial refunds after June 21, 2023.

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