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Play Therapy Basics & Beyond
World of Divorce


Handle with Care: Using Play Therapy to Address Anger in Children 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Catholic Community Services
3737 Portland Road NE
Salem, OR 97301

Dr. Julie Lerwick will be presenting on the important and relevant topic of how to use play therapy for children who are overcome by their anger. Through group interaction and practical education, attendees will leave better equipped to:
1. Identify modalities appropriate for inviting children to externalize their inner emotions through play therapy.
2. Implement play therapy interventions to foster emotional  containment and regulation in child clients.
3. Recognize secondary emotions that can manifest as anger in the play therapy process.
4. Understand and apply common and hidden causes of anger in children and teens at each developmental stage in the practice of play therapy.

Dr. Lerwick holds a Ph.D. in Counseling from Oregon State University and is a Nationally Board Certified (NCC) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Her research, conducted at Oregon
Health & Science University Department of Neurological Surgery, was in pre-operative anxiety reduction using a play therapy intervention. Honors and awards during her doctoral studies include the National ACES Emerging Leader Award, joining the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and earning the Summa Cum Laude academic distinction. She completed her Master’s degree at George Fox University and Bachelor’s degree at Puget Sound Christian College. In addition, Dr. Lerwick has served at local universities as a part-time professor of counseling and psychology, is an approved clinical supervisor for Oregon licensee candidates, and enjoys mentoring beginning counselors. She maintains a clinical practice in the greater Portland area at Northwest Psychological Center, P.C. and although she welcomes all ages into her practice, she especially enjoys working with toddlers and teens!


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