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Webinar - Somatic Experiential Play Therapy
Thursday, December 07, 2023, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

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Somatic Experiential Play Therapy 
Presented by Melissa Wetterlund, MA, LP, LMFT, RPT-S & Sara Werner, MA, LP, RPT-S, SEP 

Details: December 7 (9am - 2:30pm, including a 30-minute lunch break)
*Up to 5 CE credits will be issued to those attending this virtual opportunity.

Description: This training focuses on the basic tenets Experiential Play Therapy, including the ability to understand metaphor and the power of play for children as they process their pain and trauma. We will incorporate the importance of tracking the physiology in children during play. Principles of neuroscience and tracking for fight, flight, freeze, and collapse will also be discussed. Lecture, power point, experiential learning, and video case examples will be used to enhance learning. Participants will gain an understanding of what children's physiology is communicating during play and ways to respond to and support their nervous systems in the resolution of trauma. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Gain a basic foundation of experiential play therapy and how to integrate somatic principles 

  • Increase understanding of the autonomic nervous system and how it responds to trauma during play

  • Identify a stuck nervous system in children and gain a few resources to help support children through this while playing

  • Learn how to facilitate appropriate fight or flight response in children via play

Presenter Information

Melissa Wetterlund, MA, LP, LMFT, RPT-S has been in the counseling field for almost 20 years.  In her work with children she specializes in trauma, family issues, divorce, adoption, and blended family concerns.  In addition, she enjoys marriage & family therapy, parent education, and individual identity work.  She has done extensive training in the field of Somatic Experiencing, which she integrates in her work with both children and adults.  In addition to her clinical practice, Melissa teaches and trains in Experiential Play Therapy independently and as an adjunct professor in Bethel University’s and Crown College's graduate programs.   As an AAMFT and BBHT approved supervisor, Melissa spends a lot of her time mentoring and supervising other therapists.  She also loves supporting and equipping other supervisors as an AAMFT supervision mentor.  

Sara Werner, MA, LP, RPT-S, SEP has been in the counseling field for 25 years. An emphasis of her training with both children and adults has been in facilitating recovery from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, as well as from other traumatic events, such as car accidents, injury, death or loss. She specializes in Experiential Play Therapy with children and co-teaches an Experiential Play Therapy training for other therapy professionals in the community.  Sara is EMDR level II trained, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor.  She is the founder and first president of the Minnesota Association for Play Therapy and also enjoys being an Adjunct Professor in the graduate program at Bethel University. 

 A Note on WAFCA Webinars

  • Webinars are live virtual learning opportunities designed to be accessed by individuals. Group participation is not encouraged; post-webinar group discussions are a recommended alternative.
  • In order to offer CE credits for these virtual learning opportunities via NBCC, WAFCA verifies attendance using Zoom. Each registrant receives a unique link that confirms their attendance and email address for CE certificates. Link sharing is not permitted, and CE credits are not available for unregistered participants.

About our Offerings:

WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 

Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA)
PO Box 14663, Madison, WI 53708  

(608) 257-5939 www.wafca.org

Contact: [email protected]