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Play Therapy Basics & Beyond
World of Divorce


An Integrated Approach to Treating Child Trauma: Using Play with Trauma-Focused CBT

May 2, 2016 

Central Lutheran Church
1820 NE 21st Ave 
Portland, OR 97212

This workshop for advanced clinicians will provide participants with a working knowledge of an integrated model of child trauma treatment, well-informed in current models of trauma theory, attachment, brain development and body-centered therapies. We will explore some current controversies in the field and see how an integration of play and expressive therapies with cognitive-behavioral therapy can deepen and enhance our clinical work with traumatized children and adolescents. Participants will learn about our local Child Abuse Assessment Center, CARES NW, and how forensic assessment interfaces with clinical diagnosis and treatment. The impact of trauma work on the clinician and strategies for self-care will also be emphasized. 

A combination of lecture with case examples and experiential exercises will be used to facilitate learning. 

Pam Crow has worked as a clinical social worker for over 30 years. Her experience working in the field of child trauma began in residential treatment, as a caseworker for DHS, in agency out-patient mental health treatment and as the co-coordinator of the Marion and Polk County Family Sex Abuse Treatment Program. In 1988, Pam began as one of the first forensic interviewers at CARES NW, and she continues to work half-time at CARES NW as a Multnomah County Mental Health Consultant. Pam also maintains a half-time private practice, offering therapy to adults and children and clinical consultation to mental health therapists. Pam's national trainings have included workshops on child therapy, sand tray therapy, and vicarious trauma. Writing poems and making quilts are among the activities that have kept Pam sane and engaged in this difficult and rewarding work.

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