Workshops for Mental Health Professionals
As a frequent keynote speaker, I deliver dynamic presentations on a variety of topics. In my workshops, I combine up-to-date theory with practical tools. I speak at international conferences and at agency training events.
Below is a partial list of topics and descriptions. However, no program is exactly the same since the makeup and needs of audiences change. Workshops are designed to accomplish the unique educational objectives of the attendees.
For more information on workshops and rates please contact me at email@example.com 416-575-7836.
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Upcoming Speaking Engagements
February 23-24, 2017: Honolulu, Hawaii
March 6-7, 2017: Southern California
March 31-April 1, 2017: Bethesda, Maryland
April 24, 2017: Traverse City, Michigan
May 4, 2017: Eastern Ontario
May 11, 2017: Toronto, Ontario
June 5, 2017: Portland, Oregon
June 16, 2017: Birmingham, Alabama
July 12, 2017: Toronto, Ontario
August 8-9, 2017: Toronto, Ontario
September 15-16, 2017: Columbia, South Carolina
October 26-27, 2017: Vancouver, British Columbia
November 6-7, 2017: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
November 9-10, 2017: Winnipeg, Manitoba
November 13-14, 2017: Leduc, Alberta
March 2018: Speaking Tour in New Zealand and Australia
Organize a workshop for your agency or training event. For topics, rates and availability contact Liana: (Tel) 416-575-7836 (Email) firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to Play Therapy
This workshop will introduce participants to the theory and practice of play therapy. The training will cover various issues including the history of play therapy and the major models of play therapy, the therapeutic powers of play, the therapeutic relationship, phases of therapy, themes in children’s play, and limit setting. Participants will also learn how to set up a playroom and how to select appropriate toys and materials. Play therapy techniques, including games, art, puppetry, and sand tray will be presented. Selected research studies supporting the effectiveness of play therapy will also be presented. Experiential exercises and activity demonstrations will be incorporated into this workshop.
Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Families
This very practical training will present creative engagement, assessment, and treatment interventions to make individual, group, and family sessions meaningful and effective. Innovative treatment activities will be presented to address issues such as anger management, social skills, stress reduction, and self-esteem. Techniques to address challenging client behavior will also be highlighted.
Creative Interventions for Sexually Abused and Traumatized Children
This workshop is designed to familiarize participants with an innovative model for working with sexually abused and traumatized children. The presenter will provide participants with creative, structured assessment and treatment interventions. This will include interventions that can be used in individual or group therapy sessions with preschool, latency and adolescent victims of sexual abuse. A brief overview of trauma research will be provided. Next, the presenter will provide participants with a step-by-step demonstration of the trauma assessment model. The second half of the workshop will focus on treatment interventions, including activities to address the following issues: Identifying and coping with feelings, dealing with sensory triggers, offender enticement strategies, family and community support, post-disclosure response, self-blame, healthy sexuality, and self-esteem.
Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children and Children of Divorce
This dynamic workshop will present an innovative model for working with bereaved children and children of divorce. Structured assessment and treatment techniques will be illustrated for use in individual, group, and family therapy. Participants will come away with many innovative techniques. Although the focus will be on loss, interventions can be adapted for use with a variety of other populations.
Engagement, Assessment and Treatment Planning
Therapy is most effective when clients are engaged with the therapist and when treatment is based on a comprehensive assessment. This workshop will present creative activities to facilitate rapport-building, and will outline a step-by-step model for assessing children with a wide variety of presenting issues. Creative, activities will be presented to assess the following domains: (1) Presenting problems; (2) Symptoms and Coping strategies; (3) Family and community relationships; and (4) Sensory triggers. Several techniques for assessing families will also be presented. The key steps for developing a treatment plan will be outlined, and a sample treatment plan will be presented. Guidelines for writing assessment reports and making treatment recommendations to caregivers will be discussed.
Creative Family Therapy Techniques
The use of creative, play-based techniques in family therapy provides a medium for all members to participate in sessions, and facilitates family relatedness. Through this dynamic workshop, participants will learn a number of innovative techniques to engage, assess, and treat families. This will include art, games, puppets, and stories. The advantages of using creative techniques with families will be outlined, and tips for overcoming challenges in playful family therapy will be discussed. Videos and live demonstrations will be used to illustrate techniques.
Creative TF-CBT Techniques for Traumatized Children
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an empirically-supported psychotherapy model for treating traumatized children and adolescents. The effectiveness of the approach is enhanced by integrating creative, developmentally appropriate interventions so children will engage in treatment. TF-CBT is a components-based approach. The treatment components are: Psychoeducation, Relaxation, Affective modulation, Cognitive processing, Trauma narrative, In vivo mastery, Conjoint child-parent sessions, and Enhancing safety. Creative therapeutic techniques will be presented for each of the eight treatment components. Therapeutic games, art, stories, and other engaging activities will be presented for use with traumatized children and youth of all ages. Strategies for overcoming common challenges in therapy will also be presented. Workshop participants will come away with many new and innovative techniques and strategies to add to their existing repertoire. Note: This workshop is for mental health professionals who have completed the two-day introductory course on TF-CBT with an approved TF-CBT trainer.