Dafna Lender

Dafna is a child and family therapist with over 20 years of experience. She is a certified trainer, supervisor, and consultant in Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and coauthor of Theraplay: The Practitioner’s Guide.

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Up to 12 CE Credits Available

Integrated Attachment Family Therapy Training

Sign up now and start the 6 hour didactic program instantly. Then join Dafna for 4 weeks of live online active and practical sessions.

You will have the opportunity to learn through clinical case analysis, role playing, and practical exercises you can integrate in your practice and use on your own.

The 4 week sessions are from 12:00PM ET - 1:30PM ET

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Option 1: Apr 19, 26 & May 3, 10
Option 2: Jul 8, 15, 22, 29

Course Description

Children who feel hurt and angry disconnect from their parents - parents who sense that disconnect feel discouraged when their child-rearing approaches aren’t working. Even when parents attempt to improve their relationship through parent-child therapies, they may find that the interventions focus on improving behaviors without considering the core issues underneath: attachment and trauma.

This workshop offers a different lens that focuses on the physiologic, nonverbal connection between parent and child to improve the relationship. Using principles from two attachment-based modalities---Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Theraplay---learn how to enhance regulation, connection, and joy between parents and children as well as guide parents to do reparative work around family trauma.

You will discover how to

  • Get to the heart of a child’s deeper thoughts, feelings, wishes, and beliefs without relying on the child’s ability to verbalize with words
  • Facilitate active dialogue between parent and child that’s both safe and gets to their core issues
  • Practice scenarios for de-escalating child and parent dysregulation, facilitate optimal arousal and affect regulation
  • Learn gentle ways to intervene and redirect a misattuned or critical parent

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