Connecting relationships through play.

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Best Practices for Children & Families

 

Training Mental Health Professionals

 

Advancing Innovation in Play Therapy

We are proud to introduce our latest venture, The Play Strong Institute! Run by Managing Director and Head of Faculty, Georgie Wisen-Vicent, the Institute is dedicated to promoting best practices in Child-Centered Play Therapy training with a focus on the brain and relationships for graduate students, pre-licensed and licensed professionals in counseling, psychology, social work, family therapy, and integrative mental health. PSI always incorporates the latest research on the developing mind, brain, and relationships, working from a neurobiology framework in play therapy to better understand the needs of children who experience stress, anxiety, and trauma and help develop stronger emotional resilience. 

Opened in September 2018, the Play Strong Institute is located at 1021 E. Walnut, Suite 200, in Pasadena, California.

It offers continuing education and training to a new generation of play therapists; seeks to advance study and research in play therapy and neuroscience; and, is devoted to enriching the lives of children and families through counseling that is highly integrated with the science of interpersonal neurobiology, trauma-informed care, play and the expressive arts.

We offer Child & Family Therapy Services, Social Skills Groups, Therapeutic Companions, Training Opportunities for Professionals, Supervision Groups, Speaker Series, Certificate Programs, and more!

We offer Child & Family Therapy Services, Social Skills Groups, Therapeutic Companions, Training Opportunities for Professionals, Supervision Groups, Speaker Series, Certificate Programs, and more!

A Message from the Play Strong Institute

Our mission is to promote best practices in Child-Centered Play Therapy training with a focus on the brain and relationships for graduate students, pre-licensed and licensed professionals in counseling, psychology, social work, family therapy, and integrative mental health. We always incorporate the latest research on the developing mind, brain, and relationships working from a neurobiology framework in play therapy to better understand the needs of children who experience stress, anxiety, and trauma and help develop stronger emotional resilience. 

Because children are better at expressing emotions through their actions, the distinct advantage of play therapy is that children express their ideas and feelings through creativity and hands-on innovation. Research shows that our brains develop and get connected from the bottom up, so we begin with body movement and sensory experiences and allow children to make a natural progression to complex thinking, emotional awareness, and mature communication. In play therapy, children can share their life stories, form new connections and build confidence around previous challenges that have been difficult, uncomfortable, worrisome, confusing, or chaotic. A creatively attuned play therapist responds skillfully and effectively to clarify their needs, help them express their emotions, find new solutions, practice new skills, and rewire healthy brain connections in a way that feels most natural, comfortable, and yes, even fun and enjoyable to children!

Improving quality play therapy education and training for prospective play therapists and building competence in the neurorelational framework that respects the individual differences of children, teens and young adults are of particular importance to us. Our team of therapists, supervisors, and instructors has spent many years studying and practicing evidence-based, research-supported approaches in play therapy guided by the science of interpersonal neurobiology. We are very proud to share our knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for teaching and working holistically with children and families. Join us in the movement to create stronger, healthier, more resilient kids through play!

Learn more at

www.playstronginstitute.com