Widening the Window of Tolerance in Play Therapy v1.0

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For children who have experienced complex trauma, play therapy provides children with an opportunity for a safe space and a meaningful attuned relationship. Incorporating
research from Trust Based Relational Intervention, EMDR, and Somatic ExperiencingTM, the therapist can give the child a voice through directive play therapy techniques
focused on facilitating communication, self-regulation, stress management, and social competence, allowing the Window of Tolerance to be widened to a new world of



Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify causes and symptoms of trauma
  2. Explain the impact of complex trauma on memory in play therapy
  3. Apply two play therapy interventions to use with trauma responses in children

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Dr. Rhonda Johnson is an LPC-S, LMFT-S, and RPT-S who has been working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in private practice since 1999. She
became a TBRI Practitioner in 2011 for her specialty of working with children who have been adopted domestically or internationally, children in state foster care, and children
who have experienced trauma. Dr. Johnson is also an EMDR Consultant and a Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner. She incorporates knowledge from each of these theories
and perspectives into her work. She is the founder and owner of the Center for Counseling and Family Relationships, a large, thriving group practice that was established in 2007 and specializes in family systems and trauma-informed approaches. Dr. Johnson is also the founder and owner of CCFAM Training, established in 2012, and Play Therapy Training Resources, established in 2021. Through those companies, she provides continuing education, supervision, and consultations. She is also a teaching fellow for B.H. Carroll Seminary.