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Benefits of Play Therapy with LGBTQ+ youth and families
January 30, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm$90 – $145
This workshop will focus on working with children and families that identify as gender-nonconforming/variance, gender expressing or minority sexual orientation. Information will include terminology of sexual orientation to better provide Play therapy techniques to those who identify as LGBTQ+.
Linda Thomas has a life long volunteer-based commitment to youth, community organizations and education around LGBTQ+ concerns. She has helped create “Rare Breed” a drop in and transitional living program for homeless and at-risk youth in Springfield, Missouri. She is also a vital member of a National Advisory network to help LGBTQ+ youth in out-of-home care. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist.
Katie Brammer works with people who are struggling with issues reguarding LGBTQ+, abuse, adoption/fostering and neurodevelopmental disorders. She is an adjunct professor at Ozarks Technical Community College, and is the current Southwest Area Representative for MAPT.
- Increase practitioner’s personal empathy and cultural competence in the play room while working with LGBTQ+ children and parents
- Gain a better understanding of the differences and interactions of the key concepts of biological sex, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation to be better able to provide a safe play therapy environment
- Learn the impact of common cultural biases on individuals and families of the LGBTQ+ to provide positive relationships in play therapy
- Identify the strengths and challenges facing LGBTQ+ children and families to better assist with daily life and in the play room
- Take part in appropriate play therapy interventions that work with gender-nonconforming, gender expressing, and minority sexual orientation children and their families
9:00-9:30am –Check-In Registration
9:30-10:30am – Introduce learning objectives; Increase knowledge of empathy regarding unique stressors experience by sexual and gender minority youth and families to provide safe play room; Working definitions will be introduced to increase knowledge of current classifications used of sexual orientation, sex, gender and other relevant constructs to be better able to provide a safe play environment.
10:45-12:00pm – Continue working definitions; Overview of key issues and common cultural biases affecting LGBTQ+ youth and families to better identify with population and provide positive relationship in play room; Concerns for practitioners who work with LGBTQ+ youth in play therapy
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00-2:30pm – Enhancing skills and sensitivity to provide safe play environment; Introduction and practice of play therapy interventions that work with gender-nonconforming, gender expressing, and minority sexual orientation children and their families
2:30–2:45pm – Break
2:45-4:00pm – Continue play therapy interventions that work with gender-nonconforming, gender expressing, and minority sexual orientation children and their families; Discussion of resources; Questions; Evaluations
Refunds will be given for paid continuing education training cancelled by MAPT and for when MAPT relocates training to another region of the state. For attendees who cancel 48 hours prior to the start of the training, a MAPT CREDIT will be provided to attendees for the amount paid, and can be used at a future MAPT training.