Neurobiology and Play to Support Grief Journeys
Saturday, May 6, 2023 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: Jan Yordy, MEd, MSW, CPT, EMDR
Emotional regulation of children who have experienced grief and loss is a key skill for play therapists to explore. This workshop will incorporate an overview of brain development to better understand how to reach a child who is grieving. Breathwork, Brain Gym activities, energy exercises and even a demonstration of NeurOptimal Neurofeedback will make sure that each participant has new activities and ideas for emotional regulation to add to their toolbox when they return to their play/therapy rooms.
REST in Grief: The Power of Stillness in Healing
Saturday, May 6, 2023 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by: Suzanne Trotman, Registered Psychotherapist
Society has taught us ways that have shaped, and are embedded in our belief systems, which has heavily influence how we should respond to loss of any kind. We have been given messages around how we should behave; how we should respond to check-in questions; how we should express our grief and how long we should be off work after a loss of any kind, just to name a few. We often wear masks and minimize our grief to fit into these boxes. In an effort to grieve in a certain time frame we hide, put on a shelf, or bury our grief and carry on which invalidates the healing process.
This experiential half day workshop will provide a space to promote awareness in participants of the importance of ‘Rest in Grief’ as the nucleus for healing. Participants will discover ways that are meaningful in their context, to rest in their process of healing from loss of any kind. Participants will also gain insights to determine which practices can be integrate into their work with those living with loss of any kind.
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