Paris Goodyear-Brown – Parents as Partners in Helping Vulnerable Children and Adolescents

Children’s Therapy Centre – 2 Day Training Event

Parents as Partners in Helping Vulnerable Children and Adolescents

Paris Goodyear-Brown

Castle Oaks House Hotel, Castleconnell, Limerick                12th & 13th June 2022

Caregivers play a critical role in helping vulnerable children and adolescents thrive. This training course is designed for professionals who hold a role that has the potential to be therapeutic when working individually with children/adolescents and their parents – (e.g. child and adolescent psychotherapists, play therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech and language therapists, residential child-care staff). It will expand your ability to embody the roles of Safe Boss, Nurturer, and Storykeeper.

In the wake of a global pandemic, it is more important than ever to help caregivers shift their paradigms to understand the underlying causes of dysregulated behavior. Whether a child or teen has experienced trauma or attachment disturbances, has attentional issues, mood dysregulation challenges, neurodivergencies, externalizing or internalizing behaviors, this interactive training will provide an attachment-grounded play therapy approach anchored in development and the power of play and delight to foster regulation, connection, and executive function. The neuroscience of attachment will be explored, as well as the necessity for caregivers to reflect on their own attachment histories. A dyadic assessment tool will be shared and its implications for intentionally enhancing the parenting skills within a variety of clinical presentations. Multiple strategies for helping caregivers become more connected co-regulators will also be explored. TraumaPlay® games aimed at helping parents and children delight in each other more deeply while making more coherent sense of hard things will be experienced. Come prepared to play!

Learning objectives: After the workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Explain how the goal of enhancing the role of Parents as Partners fits within the overall philosophy of TraumaPlay® and is so critical in effective therapeutic interventions.

2) Name three play therapy assessment tasks observed in the Nurture House Dyadic Assessment.

3) Describe the two main roles attachment figures play in the lives of children.

4) List six co-regulation strategies codified in the acronym SOOTHE.

5) Describe six play therapy interventions that offer parents and children in vivo experiences of delight in one another.

6) List the three embodied roles of caregivers in TraumaPlay®

7) Name five play therapy interventions that facilitate Storykeeping.

8) Identify one “growing edge” for your work with parents and children.

9) Describe five play therapy interventions that build cooperation between caregivers and children.

Suitable for: This workshop is suitable for professionals who hold a role that has the potential to be therapeutic when working individually with children/adolescents and their parents – (e.g. child and adolescent psychotherapists, play therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech and language therapists, residential child-care staff).

Paris Goodyear-Brown

Paris is the creator of the TraumaPlay™ model, the founder and Clinical Director of Nurture House, and the Executive Director of the TraumaPlay® Institute. She is an internationally renowned speaker, a prolific author and a master clinician. While she has spent the past 25 years specializing in treating trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, maltreatment and neglect) and attachment disturbances, as well as anxiety disorders, she often provides help for angry, dysregulated and depressed children and teens. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, guest lecturer for several universities in middle Tennessee, and travels around the world helping clinicians, parents, and teachers better serve children from hard places. She particularly enjoys integrating trauma-informed approaches and is an EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist. She also finds great joy in helping other clinicians create safe spaces for children and families. With international trainings spanning the globe, as well as trainings in all fifty United States, she is best known for developing clinically sound, played-based interventions that are used to treat a variety of childhood problems. She has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education, serves on the Board of the Tennessee Association for Play Therapy, and served as the Executive Director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center. She provides play therapy and licensure supervision and consults with various school districts, agencies, and mental health organizations to help develop play therapy programs and create more developmentally sensitive programming.   Some of her most recent books includes Parents as Partners in Child Therapy: A Clinician’s GuideTrauma and Play Therapy, Tackling Touchy SubjectsPlay Therapy with Traumatized

See Paris’s TED Talk click Here

For details of her Therapy Centre in Tennessee click Here

Booking Details

Venue:                    Castle Oaks House Hotel & Estate, Castleconnell, Limerick

Date and Times:  12th & 13th June 2022      9.30am – 5pm each day

Fee:                           €335

Tea/coffee and lunch provided on both days.

Bookings: All bookings require a €100 deposit payment. Please book online at www.childrenstherapycentre.iePlease include your professional details, and information on any dietary requirements, when you make your booking.

Special Conference Rates for B&B available directly from the Castle Oaks Hotel:

€79.00 Bed & Breakfast Single Occupancy

€89.00 Bed & Breakfast Double or Twin

Contact: Early booking is advised. When booking, please let the hotel know you are attending the CTC conference to avail of the conference B&B rate.

Covid-19: If you cannot attend in person because of Covid-19 related isolation or restrictions you will receive a zoom link to attend remotely. If Covid-19 related restrictions disrupt the face-to-face delivery of the training it will run as a live online training event.

Cancellations: In the event of any cancellation a booking fee of €100 will be retained. Full fee is non-refundable in the event of cancellations within 1 month of the event.

Further Details: Siobhán Prendiville  Email:


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