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(NEW) In Person Training – Bringing Play to Adults: A Play-Based Approach to Working with Adults in Trauma Recovery

May 29 Registration & Breakfast 8:15 am; Training 8:45 am - 1:00 pm (ET) $169, 4 CEUs Presenter: TJ Matton, MSW, LCSW-C Hilton Garden Inn, 4770 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, 21117 + Google Map

Every human is built to play, it’s in our biology as mammals. Play becomes a frozen survival response during and after trauma that is a powerful resource in trauma recovery. Play is how we learn to experiment in life so that we can feel more courageous and resilient in our day-to-day life as we survive and recover from traumatic circumstances. Play is done from a place of activated yet grounded connection to self and others, in honor of our future self.

This 4-hour workshop will teach therapists the neuroscience of play so they can engage their clients creativity, courage, and resiliency as well as their own. This workshop will help therapists understand play from a trauma and nervous system perspective, help empower them to identify their clients play strengths, identify their own play strengths, and open the framework of therapy as a playful way through self-exploration.

Registration for each workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.

Learning Objectives

  • Educate about play within the nervous system.
  • Explore impact of trauma on play drive.
  • Empower clinicians to identify natural play drives.
  • Enable clinicians to engage the play drive in the therapeutic process.
  • Help clinicians identify their own play drives for more curious and creative therapy as well as to protect against vicarious trauma and burnout.


Part 1: What is play and how do we lose it?

8:45 – 9:15 am

  • Play Experiential, Self-Reflection, Table/Room Connection

9:15 – 10:00 am

  • Trauma Informed Education about Play – What it is, it’s purpose, and how it is impacted and prevented by trauma

10:00 – 10:15 am   BREAK

Part 2: Where and how to engage play?

10:15 – 10:40 am

  • Engaging in Play – Circle of Capacity – self-assessment & reflection

10:40 – 11:15 am

  • Play Assessments – Play history assessment, personality drives, and play spectrum

11:15 – 11:30 am     BREAK

Part 3: Healing as a Form of Play

11:30 – 12:00 pm

  • Self-Reflection & Table/Room Share Time – In what ways have you innately brought play into your healing and your work

12:00 – 1:00 pm

  • Life as a form of play: Nurturing play in the everyday life & creating a personal play plan & mock client play plan
Adults having fun playing a game outdoors
Play is a primal need to the human body and is the neglected side of mindfulness. TJ helps people find enjoyment in the everyday, playful ways to manage stress, and empowering ways to greater fulfillment.