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Big Behaviors in Small Containers: Trauma Informed Play Therapy Interventions for Dysregulation

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Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S™
1 Hour 33 Minutes
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May 13, 2022
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When it comes to working with children, sometimes the biggest behaviours come in the smallest containers. Sometimes these behaviours are externalizing (screaming, crying, hitting) and sometimes these are internalizing (anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation). So often, the focus of treatment in these instances becomes about extinguishing the behaviour without understanding what is driving it in the first place. Whether the end result involves a child shutting down or shouting out, it is critical that helping professionals be able to answer this key question: What is the need underlying the behaviour?

This recording will offer more than a dozen practical, fun, and immediately useful play therapy interventions that engage the family in setting treatment goals, augmenting adaptive coping, enhancing the healthy attachment between parent and child while helping them shift paradigms around problematic child behaviours. Powerful exploration of the stress response system helps clients increase anger management skills, expand emotional literacy, practice pro-social skills with family and friends, address their difficult thoughts, and increase coherence in their trauma narratives.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S™'s Profile

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Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S™, certified EMDR therapist, is the creator of TraumaPlay™ , a flexibly sequential play therapy model for treating trauma and attachment disturbances in family systems. She is the founder of the TraumaPlay™  Institute, the Clinical Director of Nurture House, an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. Paris has an international reputation as a dynamic and compassionate speaker. She is a sought-after supervisor, a master clinician, and a prolific author. As a thought leader in the fields of child trauma and play therapy, she has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education, given a Ted Talk on Trauma and Play Therapy and served as the Executive Director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center. She is on the board of TNAPT and is the author of multiple chapters and articles including Play Therapy with Traumatized Children and Parents as Partners in Child Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide. Her twelfth book, Big Behaviors in Small Containers, is hot off the press! Paris finds great joy in training clinicians all over the world in helping children and their families speak the unspeakable.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with TraumaPlay Institute, Vanderbilt University, and Nurture House. She receives royalties as a published author and compensation as a consultant. Paris Goodyear-Brown receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the National Association of Social Workers.


  1. Evaluate disorders of dysregulation through the lens of bottom-up brain development and through a trauma-informed lens.
  2. Extrapolate polyvagal theory to children and families through play therapy interventions.
  3. Execute a play therapy intervention that can be used to target movement in each of ten separate areas of dysregulation.


  • Translating disorders of dysregulation into treatment goals
  • Understanding the neurobiology of play, the neurobiology of trauma, and the power of one to heal the other
  • Play therapy metaphors for working with our stress response systems
  • A Dozen Powerful Play Therapy Interventions for Enhancing Regulation, Strengthening Attachment, and Telling the Trauma Story

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Clinicians
  • Play Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • School Counselors
  • Social Workers


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