Programs

Play Therapy and Childhood Trauma Training

Experiential training programs to help you better serve children and families in need. Read below for more information about our upcoming programs.

  • 2017-2018 Calendar
  • Program Information
  • Faculty
  • Additional Registration Information
  • Payment Information

COST OF ALL WORKSHOPS IS $150/DAY (PROGRAMS ARE ONE, TWO, OR THREE DAYS)

Please check below for information related to Continuing Education for specific programs.

September 10-12, 2017: SAND THERAPY INTEGRATED WITH PLAY THERAPY: THEORY AND APPLICATION (REGISTRATION FULL)

Dr. Gil may have a second training in December (3, 4, and 5) if there is enough interest. Please contact her at elianagil@me.com to express your interest in writing.

This three-day workshop will provide didactic information about the theory and practice of sand therapy, including the two major approaches, sandplay and sand tray therapies. Participants will build their own sand trays the first day, and will have opportunities to learn how to “read” sand trays, discern clinical meaning, and most importantly, learn how to work with the symbolic communication of the client, how to craft amplification questions, and how to value and honor the client’s experience. Information regarding gender, age, and developmental processes will be provided, along with resources for setting up and incorporating sand therapy into a play therapy practice.

Presenter: Eliana Gil, Ph.D.

Cost: $450 for three days

September 22-24, 2017: ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN YOUNG CHILDREN (BOUNDARY PROJECT)

This three-day intensive is designed to provide information about children with sexual behavior problems (SBP) and provide a context for responding to them and their families utilizing play therapy strategies in a purposeful way. On day one, emphasis will be placed on conducting an assessment that identifies children’s problem perceptions and behaviors through a variety of directive and nondirective play therapy techniques. A specific assessment format will be highlighted called the Assessment of Sexual Behavior Problems in Children (ASBPC), which uses specific play therapy activities. Participants will have the opportunity to practice play therapy activities in small groups.

Day two and three will include a comprehensive and specialized treatment protocol for children with sexual behavior problems and their families. This comprehensive workshop places special emphasis on safety, supervision, underlying causes for the SBP, guiding parents and caretakers to provide nurturing supervision and empathic care, and offering specific ways to engage children and caretakers in treatment designed to enhance their relationships. A variety of play therapy strategies are provided and practiced as well as integrative, family-focused approaches to treatment. A 12-session treatment model (Boundary Project) is discussed and practiced session by session. A copy of both the assessment manual (ASBPC) and Boundary Project parent and child treatment manual is provided.

Presenter: Jennifer Shaw, Psy.D.

Cost: $450 for three days

September 29-30, 2017: DECREASING CHILDHOOD ANXIETY WITH PLAY THERAPY AND CBT

The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with information about how to successfully implement playful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches with children experiencing anxiety. Children who suffer from anxiety can benefit from opportunities to work with clinicians who are able to gain an understanding of the child’s perspective, experiences, and triggers. Clinicians who learn to utilize effective playful CBT skills, are better able to both allow and encourage children to express and release affect, explore alternative coping skill to gain understanding and become more regulated, and begin to manage thoughts and emotions that can feel overwhelming or frightening. This workshop will serve to develop and enhance participants’ skills to integrate and implement a CBT-based play therapy practice in their settings and amplify children’s exploration of the material they externalize, within a safe, predictable environment. This program will teach participants the benefits of adding play therapy to their CBT services and vice versa, exploring how a fully integrated approach provides flexibility, playfulness while giving children useful strategies for coping with difficult thoughts, emotions, or behaviors.

Presenter: Andrea McLeod LCSW, RPT-S
Cost: $300.00 for two days

Mondays, starting October 2: NEW!!! UNIQUE SAND THERAPY CONSULTATION OPPORTUNITY IN FAIRFAX!

Both Eliana and Dee have spent their careers in teaching and practicing roles designed to share their passion for sand therapy. We include a link to both their bios for your interest.

Dee and Eliana are like-minded professionals who view sand therapy symbols and processes from diverse perspectives. Dee has a deep knowledge of the use of metaphors with symbols and Jungian Psychology and Eliana has a systemic and expressive arts therapy approach. Together, they provide an exciting and robust ability to comment on the sand therapy process of children, adults, and families. They are thrilled to be working together, having made their debut at the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Institute in June 2017 in Crystal City, VA. Come join us for this very first supervision group, which promises to be quite unique and stimulating.

WHERE GIL INSTITUTE FOR TRAUMA RECOVERY AND EDUCATION
TIME 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
WHEN MONDAYS, STARTING OCTOBER 2 (October 2, 16, 23, & 30; November 6, 13, 20; and December 4). EIGHT CONSULTS
COST $110 for two hours ($55 each hour per person)
SIZE LIMITED TO 12. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.
PRESENTERS Eliana Gil, Ph.D., Dr. Dee Preston Dillon

Consultation formats and requirements will be sent to participants once registered.

October 6-7, 2017: INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES TO GROUP PLAY THERAPY WITH YOUNG AND SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

This two-day workshop is designed to provide a rationale for group play therapy, provide an overview of basic principles of play therapy and application within groups, and then provide a series of integrative, playful group activities that can be utilized to address a range of relevant issues. This workshop will include experiential work as well as didactic presentation of material. Playful and mindfulness meditation strategies to help children transition in and out of their group therapy sessions will be presented and practiced.

Group play therapy is one of the most widely used approaches in addressing a range of social, behavioral, and emotional difficulties. Emphasis will be placed on participants’ learning to facilitate specific integrative strategies to engage group members and conduct group play therapy sessions with young and school-age children. A variety of play-based strategies will be provided along with mindfulness exercises to enhance the potential for group members to explore therapeutic material with a sense of comfort and safety.

Presenter: Jennifer Shaw, Psy.D.
Cost: $300.00 for two days

October - November, 2017: NEW CLINICAL PLAY AND FAMILY THERAPY SUPERVISION GROUP

Register with $150.00 to hold your spot.

This group will provide a total of 12 hours of group supervision, and will meet weekly for six consecutive Fridays (10AM - 12:00PM). The group will be limited to ten individuals and the goal is to create a safe and intimate learning environment in which complex cases can be discussed and group responses can be processed. There will be ample opportunity for experiential work, and group dynamics will be explored. Group members are expected to attend all six Fridays and the time of day has been selected to facilitate negotiating traffic in the Fairfax area. The group will meet at the Gil Institute in Fairfax, Virginia.

Group consultant: Eliana Gil, Ph.D.
Cost: $100 per session ($50 per hour)

November 11-12, 2017: FAMILY PLAY THERAPY TO ENHANCE ATTACHMENT

This workshop is designed to integrate play and systems approaches in order to encourage clinical work with all family members. Participants will learn a variety of play therapy strategies that facilitate family communication in a variety of expressive ways. The goal is to encourage family members to interact with each other in different ways in order to build, establish, or enhance their satisfaction with the interactions. The idea is to motivate family members to repeat rewarding interactions at home, and learn to shift their perspective of each other, in order to nurture and respond positively to each other.

Presenter: Eliana Gil, Ph.D.
Cost: $300.00 for two days

November 18-19, 2017: TRAUMA-FOCUSED INTEGRATED PLAY THERAPY: A TREATMENT MODEL FOR WORKING WITH TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN UTILIZING CHILD-CENTERED PLAY THERAPY INTEGRATED WITH CBT, AND OTHER EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES

This workshop will provide participants with a working knowledge of an integrated model, well-anchored in trauma theory and informed by current scientific knowledge as well as research. Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy is relationship-based and utilizes principles of child-centered play therapy in order to 1) allow children to self-direct; 2) give children an experience of control and mastery; and 3) permit children to access natural healing mechanisms such as post-trauma play. By giving children opportunities to work in a permissive setting, clinicians observe and document how children utilize gradual exposure, gain an understanding of traumatic experiences, discharge affect, and begin to manage experiences that can feel overwhelming or frightening. This model integrates directive strategies as needed, deepens metaphor work by amplifying the child’s ability to explore the material they externalize, and provides children with a safe, predictable environment for processing interpersonal trauma.

Presenter: Myriam Goldin, LCSW, RPT-S, Certified Theraplay Therapist and Supervisor
Cost: $300.00 for two days

December 8-9, 2017: POST-TRAUMATIC PLAY: WHAT CLINICIANS SHOULD KNOW

Many children are fortunate to be able to “play out” traumatic events in very specific ways. Post-traumatic play allows children to gradually confront their worries and fears in a way that seems developmentally appropriate to them. In this workshop, post-traumatic play will be defined and explored as a natural reparative mechanism that can usually be very useful. At the same time, sometimes traumatized children can get stuck in a repetitive pattern of play that does not achieve its’ positive intent, instead, becoming potentially retraumatizing for children. Thus clinicians need to remain attentive to signs that the play is moving in a positive direction. Several interventions will illustrate how to interrupt negative (toxic) post-traumatic play.

Presenter: Eliana Gil, Ph.D.

Cost: $300.00 per day

Dr. Eliana Gil is part of a training team that provides relevant, practical, and integrated trainings on a variety of topics related to play therapy and childhood trauma. Invited Faculty will provide specialized trainings on a variety of topics.

Special features of Starbright programs include:

  • Limited group size
  • Experiential participation
  • Clinical case presentations
  • Clinical skill building

For details and additional information regarding transportation, lodging, continuing education credits, cancellation policy and work scholarships click on Additional Registration Information tab.

Example of Daily Schedule: Six full hours per day

8:45 9:00 Arrival and coffee
9:00 10:30 Program
10:30 10:45 Break
10:45 12:15 Program
12:15 1:00 Lunch (On your own; brown bag encouraged)
1:00 2:30 Program
2:30 2:45 Break
2:45 5:00 Program

Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S, ATR

Director of the Starbright Training Institute, and Founding Partner and Psychotherapist, Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education

Jennifer Shaw, Psy.D. Founding Partner and Psychotherapist, Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education

Myriam Goldin, RPT-S Founding Partner and Psychotherapist, Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education

Jodi Cobb, Ph.D., LMFT, Psychotherapist, Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education

Andrea Driggs McLeod, LCSW, RPT-S is a Certified Child Centered Play Therapist and has extgensive experience working with children with histories of trauma.

Malvolia Gregory, MFT, Intake Coordinator and Psychotherapist with Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education.

VISITING FACULTY:

To be announced.

Transportation:

There are two major airports in the Northern Virginia area:Ronald Reagan National Airport and Dulles Airport. Ronald Reagan is approximately 30 minutes from the host site and Dulles airport is about the same distance. All trainings will be held in the Vienna, Virginia area.

Lodging:

We are happy to refer our workshop participants to the Homewood Suites by Hilton, located about 5 minutes from our offices.  We have worked out some good rates with this hotel and Dr. Gil personally visited it and found it to be clean, comfortable, pleasant, and very well situated from our offices.  They have extra amenities, including transportation to and from Starbright and the Metro; a full breakfast by an Ecuadorian chef; walking distance from the Silver Diner (now using a very healthy and natural menu), and across the way from some other nice restaurants.  There is a swimming pool and a nice dining area and courtyard.  The rooms are all suites with a kitchen area (my personal favorite when I'm on the road).  The rates for our partiticipants attending Thurs eve through Sunday is $209 per night on Thursdays (heavy volume night) but $109 for Friday and Saturday.  These are competitive rates for the area.  Please mention Starbright when you call for reservations and if you have questions, please contact Bob Duffey.

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON   8130 Porter Road, Falls Church, VA

703.560.6644  * will provide shuttle to Starbright Institute, as well as Dunn Loring Metro Station *

Continuing Education Credits:

Starbright Training Institute currently provides CE credits for play therapy.  Starbright Training Institute has been approved by the Association of Play Therapy to provide continuing education credits in play therapy.  Starbright Training Institute is an Approved Provider with APT (APT#96-029) and maintains full responsibility for the program.

Other CE Credits:  Contiuning Education Credits for many of our programs will be awarded by the Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for some of the following professions listed below.  Please see course descriptions of each workshop to confirm if they are approved for the individual program and which professions are eligible to received CE credits for each specific training.

commonwealthSeminars@gmail.com
info@CommonwealthSeminars.com

Continuing Education credits may be awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: 10/15/15 through 10/15/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA,WI and WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program.

Licensed Professional Counselors: CES is entitled to grant continuing education credit to LPCs in the following states:AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program.
Who Should Attend: These training events are appropriate for mental health professionals who work with children, adolescents, and their families.

Skill Level: Due to the interdisciplinary audience these events attract, attendees are urged to review the training description to determine appropriateness for personal and professional goals. Content is appropriate for professionals with skills of beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be made only if requested in writing. A 75% refund will be provided for registrants who send a cancellation notice postmarked no later than two weeks prior to the Intensive.  There is a $50 cancellation fee if no previous notice is provided.

ADA/Section 504 Policy: If you have special needs, please contact Dr. Gil at 202-257-2783 at least two weeks prior to the scheduled event.

Work Scholarships:
A limited number of "work scholarships" and partial-discount "hardship scholarships" are available upon written request. Please write a letter stating why you qualify for these scholarships to eliana gil, emgil@earthlink.net

COST OF ALL WORKSHOPS IS $150/DAY (PROGRAMS ARE ONE, TWO, OR THREE DAYS)

METHODS OF PAYMENT

Credit Card

  • Call in your credit card information to our secure phone: 202-257-2783
  • We currently accept Visa, MC, and Am Express.
  • Complete the credit card information requested on the Registration Form, in addition to your registration information and selections, then click "Submit" to send all information via email.
  • You will receive a "Confirmation" page when your information has been successfully submitted.

Check

  • You may mail a check, along with a copy of your completed Registration Form, to:
  • Eliana Gil, Ph.D. 8626 Lee Highway, Suite 200,Fairfax, VA 22031
  • Please make checks payable to:  Starbright Training Institute

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If you have questions or if you require any additional information, please call us at(202) 257-2783