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Attachment Play Therapies; To Build Healthier Bonds For Adoptive Families

March 31 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

An Attachment Play Therapies, on March 31, 2024, at 6:30 PM. This is a great 3-hour live webinar; earn APT live webinar hours and NBCC CEUs.

Topic: Special Topic or Participant choice

During this webinar we will discuss working and supporting adoptive families using play based interventions in sessions, to develop stronger and healthier bonds to one another.

We will explore how trauma, abuse, and neglect impact the bonds of attachment within the family system and how the power of using attachment-based play therapy activities and interventions can help build and foster healthy relationships between child-parent.

The presenter, Sabra Starnes, an adoption expert, will weave in her personal and professional experiences as an adoptive mom and as a transracial adoptee.

Sabra is a TBRI Practitioner, trained in Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy and Theraplay Level 1 and 2, EMDR and Brainspotting.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss the four key concepts of attachment theory and how these concepts apply to attachment-focused play therapy with families.

2. Compare and learn about several attachment plays based interventions for use with insecurely attached families in sessions to enhance communication, understanding and attunement.

3. Discuss play therapy interventions to foster engagement with parents to repair and enhance the parent-child relationship.

About the presenter:

Sabra and her twin were adopted as infants in a closed adoption. Growing up in a transracial family in the Midwest had many joys and challenges. Sabra and her family experienced racism and discrimination as a transracial family. Sabra learned to persevere and be a strong advocate for herself. And at a young age, she knew she wanted to help others.

She provides adoption counseling using an attachment-based therapy connected with expressive therapies. She is passionate about her clinical work in speaking and training on adoption locally and nationally.

As an expert adoption therapist for the past 23 years, she has the personal experience and professional training to work with adoptees and adoptive families. She is a strong advocate for children who are in care to have permanency or reunify with their birth families. She is passionate about making sure the adoptee voice is heard and amplified in adoption spaces. And uses a lens of cultural humility on issues of culture and race.

Sabra has a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University and Masters in Education from American University. She specializes in adoption, foster care, adoptee support and transracial parenting support.

She became a Registered Play Therapist in 2003. And a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor in 2015. Sabra’s trainings are engaging, humorous, and fun.

She has a strong passion for educating and supporting clinicians to become effective and highly skilled play therapists.

Next Place Therapy Services is an approved Play Therapy Provider #17-526.