Dafna Lender – Polyvagal Theory for Children: Practical Application to Build Safety, Create Attachment & Develop Connection
- Dafna Lender
- 3 Hours 18 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Jan 14, 2021
Do you know therapists who seem to have “the magic touch” when it comes to getting children to trust and connect with them?
What if there are actual behaviors that you can learn and incorporate into your way of being with children that can solicit openness, relaxation and trust?
Watch Dafna Lender, LCSW, for this compelling 3-hour workshop, as she walks you through the complexities of using polyvagal theory with your young clients. Using your own social engagement system and tuning into the child’s physiological state you’ll learn:
- Regulating and calming techniques for more curiosity, openness & connection
- How sending safety messages to brains of mistrusting kids will make them more open to new relational experiences
- To use voice, rhythm, facial expressions and touch to elicit trust
- To surprise the brain of a defensive child with novel responses to grab attention, interrupt their automatic defensiveness, and generate curiosity
- Exercises and activities to make shut down, guarded or angry clients feel more relaxed, open and ready to connect
If you’re working with kids – you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Purchase today!
|Manual – Polyvagal Theory for Children (2.3 MB)||28 Pages||Available after Purchase|
Polyvagal Theory – Application for Children
- Foundational Principles and features
- Applying Polyvagal Theory in Clinical Practice
Harnessing your Social Engagement System
- How to Reset when Compromised by Stress and Trauma
- Elicit Trust – Voice, Rhythm, Racial Expressions, Touch
- Exercises that hone in on various vocal qualities
- Create and maintain an open facial expression with defensive children
- Strategies to incorporate safe touch
Playfulness and Paradox to Suspend Defensiveness
- Surprise the brain of a defensive child with novel responses to:
- Grab attention
- Down-regulate sympathetic activation
- Interrupt automatic defensiveness
- Generate curiosity
Movement and Breathing Exercises to Create Connection
- Ventral vagal activities for open and engaged state
- Promote attachment behavior
- Dorsal vagal activities to pendulate between arousal and relaxation
- Rhythmic activities for maintaining regulation
- Counteracting shut down, guarded or angry behavior (responses)
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Dafna Lender, LCSW serves as the program director at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL and is certified as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna trains psychotherapists internationally in these methods and trains in three languages. She is also a supervisor and author in the field of treating attachment and trauma issues in children.
Dafna has spent her career focusing children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. Early in her career, Dafna worked in treatment foster care and witnessed child after child “fail” out of foster placements due to difficult behavior. Children were disruptive, unsettled and unhappy, and their caregivers felt defeated. Dafna’s sense of discouragement went away after taking the Theraplay training and learning direct, concrete ideas and interactions that she could apply in home with her treatment families to promote healthier, more hopeful relationships. Dafna has successfully treated children with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness. Dafna has worked in the field of child welfare and child mental health for 20+ years.
Financial: Dafna Lender has an employment relationship with The Theraplay Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dafna Lender has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.