Presenter: Ian Masson, M.S.
Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. 2 CE credits
Children who have experienced the separation or divorce of their parents often present with deep feelings of hurt and emotion that can be both frightening and confusing for them. While Child-Centered Play Therapy can help them resolve these deep seated emotional struggles, both parents’ willingness to support their child and their ability to navigate the co-parenting relationship can significantly impact their child’s ability to adapt and heal. This brings a unique set of challenges to the clinician who is seeing a child in CCPT but who notices dynamics in the family relationships that may make it difficult for the child to progress within play therapy. Giving the parents a sense of hope and drawing out the shared goal of their child’s well-being can aid in this process. In addition, this can aid the clinician in navigating some of the challenges in handling individual parents who may be in a high state of distress or conflict, particularly if both parents are involved in the therapeutic process.
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:
- Describe the common emotional responses and challenges of children and parents who experience divorce or separation
- Describe how to respond to the concerns or questions of parents and make appropriate recommendations based on parents’ concerns parents
- Describe how to structure consults in order to provide effective feedback to parents regarding use of skills in co-parenting situations and how they can best support their child in the process
Ian Masson, M.S., LPC, is a resident in counseling at Chrysalis Counseling Centers in Culpeper, VA. Ian received his certifications in Relationship Enhancement Therapy and Child-Centered Play Therapy through NIRE, and primarily works with children. Ian also oversees the Intensive Therapeutic Parenting Program at Chrysalis, a service that seeks to develop child-centered parenting skills through use of Dr. Louise Guerney’s Parenting: A Skills Training Manual.
|Healing the Hurt: Supporting Children of Divorce and Their Parents Within the Child-Centered Play Therapy Process - March 28, 2020||$40|
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