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June 2020

Use of Narrative Therapy within Play

June 19 @ 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Kelly Mayer, LISW, and Jillian Polaski, LMFT CEs: 4 Break: 10:30 a.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomAs experts on their own lives, attendees will learn new perspectives on how to integrate the experiences of a child with their sense of identity in present time. Narrative therapy looks to empower individuals as the experts of their own life and children are no different. Through intentional efforts, play therapy can assist in supporting a child to take ownership of their personal narrative…

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Introduction to Autism

June 26 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where You Are United States
Introduction to Autism

This training will provide information related to understanding the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and explore strategies to help professionals work successfully with children on the spectrum.

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July 2020

How to Utilize Bilateral Stimulation in Play Therapy

July 10 @ 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Tanager Place Rockwell Conference Room, 2309 C St. SW
Cedar Rapids , IA 52404 United States
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Presenter: Dawn Neff, LISW CEs:3 Break: 10 a.m. Location: C Street, Rockwell Conference RoomIn this workshop, participants will gain knowledge of how the brain works and how the use of bilateral stimulation can be used to create and strengthen positive neuro-networks. Learn various bilateral stimulation techniques as a way to aid children in being able to create and access adaptive responses within play therapy. Learning Objectives: Explain how the brain functions and how pathways are created within the brain through…

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

July 17 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: TBA Breaks: 10:30 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Location: Lower Level Training Room Who should attend? Parents, social workers, mental health authorities, educators, administrators, substance abuse professionals, coaches, law enforcement, daycare providers, etc.If you saw someone choking, chances are you would know exactly what to do. If you saw someone having a panic attack, chances are you wouldn’t know what to do. There is a real health crisis for our kids, one in five children have a diagnosable mental health challenge…

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August 2020

Family Play Therapy: Theory and Practice

August 7 @ 9:00 AM - August 8 @ 4:00 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Jennifer Null, LMFT, RPT-S CEs: 12 Breaks: 12-1 p.m. (each day) Location: Lower Level Training RoomConceptualization and incorporation of the family in play therapy is a common area of difficulty and confusion for therapists; however, this continues to be an essential factor to a child’s potential for growth, healing and progress. In this two day training, therapists will deepen their knowledge and skill set for engaging parents, caregivers, and families throughout the play therapy process as well as an understanding…

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September 2020

Crucial C’s and Personality Priorities in Play Therapy

September 11 @ 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Kelly Mayer, LISW CEs: 4 Break: 10:30 a.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomWorking to help clients improve their lives is no easy task. Separating a client from their symptoms is extremely difficult and can often make it impossible to conceptualize a case. Adlerian Play Therapy offers a simple, yet fascinating way to conceptualize clients that will optimize the services we provide. In particular, this training aims to teach those in attendance about Personality Priorities and Crucial C’s for the purpose…

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

September 18 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: TBA Breaks: 10:30 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Location: Lower Level Training Room Who should attend? Parents, social workers, mental health authorities, educators, administrators, substance abuse professionals, coaches, law enforcement, daycare providers, etc.If you saw someone choking, chances are you would know exactly what to do. If you saw someone having a panic attack, chances are you wouldn’t know what to do. There is a real health crisis for our kids, one in five children have a diagnosable mental health challenge…

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October 2020

Building Attachment and Connection through Family Play Therapy

October 2 @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Joella Gerber, LISW CEs: 6.5 Breaks: 10:15 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 2:45 p.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomChildren’s connections to their caregivers vastly impact brain development, their ability to regulate, and relationships throughout their lifetimes. Assisting children and families in building positive connections and attachments in childhood helps improve current functioning and future mental health. In this workshop, participants will learn about attachment theory, assessing attachment, and how to apply attachment theory to clients and their parents when conceptualizing play…

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Resiliency & Trauma-Informed Care Symposium

October 15 @ 8:00 AM
Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, 52404
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Download materials and view the video from our May 2020 Pre-Symposium virtual event. The Tanager Place Training & Education Institute invites you to be part of this valuable professional development experience in Cedar Rapids. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson Our first keynote speaker for the 2020 symposium is Dr. Tina Payne Bryson. Dr. Bryson is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of The Play Strong Institute in Pasadena, CA.  She is a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist…

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November 2020

Fostering Resilience for Children of Trauma through Play Therapy

November 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Lindsey Swales, LISW, RPT-S, CTP CEs: 3 Break: 10:15 a.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomThis workshop will assist play therapists in deepening their knowledge regarding trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Participants will learn ways to identify and assess for childhood adversity as well as resilience factors. Participants will learn techniques and core practices to implement in play therapy to foster resilience, hope and well-being in clients. Learning Objectives: Attendees will identify the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences and…

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