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Treating Trauma: Integrating Theraplay and Brainspotting for Trauma and Play Therapists

October 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:15 pm EDT

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*CEs only available for those licensed in the US
No APT or APA credit available

This is a 2 day virtual training
October 7-8, 2021

Trainers: Glenda Villamarin


Working with families who have experienced trauma can be demanding. Merging Theraplay® and Brainspotting can positively enhance the treatment experience and prognosis. Theraplay is a child and family modality of play therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. On the other hand, Brainspotting can treat trauma itself. In this training we will discuss the benefits and particulars of working with Theraplay and Brainspotting, as merging the two modalities can complement each other when working with families who have experienced trauma. In this training we will talk about co-regulation, uncertainty, mentalization, attunement, and how these are important in trauma work. We will do this through the use of case examples and theoretical discussion; this workshop will examine the two modalities, their capacity to be utilized in treatment together, and how to integrate the two.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the similarities and differences of how Theraplay and Brainspotting complement each other
  2. Describe the benefits of combining Brainspotting and Theraplay in treatment
  3. Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay when working with Brainspotting 
  4. Describe different Brainspotting setups when working with Theraplay 
  5. Describe working with caregivers through mentalizing, attunement, and transgenerational trauma by integrating Brainspotting and Theraplay 
  6. Describe how families can reconnect and reunite with Theraplay after trauma work
  7. Identify strategies to integrate Brainspotting with Theraplay when working with families
  8. Explain when and how to integrate Brainspotting with Theraplay

Presenter Information:

Glenda Z. Villamarín, MA, LCP from Ecuador (South America). She has a Phase I certification for NMT from the Child Trauma Academy, and in currently studying Phase II. She is certified from in the Infant-Parent Mental Health Program (IPMHP) at University of Massachusetts –Boston (2018 – 2019). She is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, supervisor and Trainer. She has a Masters degree in Cultural Studies from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar UASB-Ecuador. She has researched about Attachment and Culture with her thesis, “Consideraciones culturales sobre la práctica de la psicología: el caso de la Teoría del Apego”, 2017. She is a Certified EMDR Therapy therapist, approved consultant, Facilitator and Full Trainer of the Iberoamerican Team and the EMDR Institute. She graduated from Universidad Católica del Ecuador – PUCE. She is the current director of “Serendipitá Ecuador”. She is certified therapist Brainspotting, Consultant and trainer by the Brainspotting® Institute, conducts training in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile and Salvador; senior trainer for Latin America. She is a Therapeutic Psychodramatist certified by APSE (Asociación de Psicodrama y Sociometría del Ecuador), member of the Faculty (trainer in psychodrama) and former President of APSE. She works with children, adolescents and their families with various difficulties: autism spectrum, adoption, ADHD, abuse,trauma, personality disorders and violence. Glenda was co-coordinator of the III Ibero-American Congress of EMDR and Psychotrauma. Glenda has conducted EMDR Therapy trainings in Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, and was the trainer in charge of Bolivia 2014-2016. Since 2006, he has taught courses in the Postgraduate programs in Health and Environmental Studies, Education and the Andean Program of Human Rights of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar – Ecuador. Glenda can be reached at [email protected].

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Special Notes:
Our cancellation policies have been temporarily adjusted to reflect our response to the pandemic and local government and health department directives. Please review this policy before completing your registration. We urge all participants to put their health and that of members of their communities first.


October 7, 2021
9:00 am - 1:15 pm EDT
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