Trauma Responsive Play

Trauma Responsive Play

Did you know that adult-child play creates a life-long template for emotional resilience?

It’s how we play with children – not how much – that gives them a natural advantage in coping with childhood stressors and builds confident, competent, creative thinkers who are better prepared to step up to life’s curveballs. Through play, children learn how to stay calm in the face of difficulties, observe and describe their emotions, try on flexible perspectives, act on their own initiative, and experiment with new solutions until the problem is solved.

Topics covered:

· The neuroscience of play
· The research connecting socially engaged play and resilience
· How playful attunement builds brains from the bottom up
· Strategies to activate and shape a child’s brain
· Self-regulation strategies for the adult

Georgie Wisen-Vincent,  LMFT RPT-S is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She is the founder of the PlayLA Los Angeles Center for Play Therapy, a training organization for parents and professionals. Georgie is a lecturer and supervisor of graduate level play therapists at the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Certificate Program. She also maintains a private practice at The Center for Connection in Pasadena, California, a multidisciplinary practice informed by the framework of Interpersonal Neurobiology, headed by Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, co-author with Daniel Siegel, MD, of the groundbreaking parenting series “The Whole Brain Child”, “No Drama Discipline”, and “The Yes Brain”. Georgie earned her MA MFT from Chapman University and Masters in Child-Centered Play Therapy from the University of Roehampton London. She is a member of the British Association of Play Therapists and the American Association for Play Therapy.