Working With Young Children: Looking Beneath The Behaviors"

11/18/2021 - 11/18/2021
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: webinar; Sponsored by PDN; cost: $60.00 approved for 3.0 CE clock hours in Diagnosis, Live Webinar

Presented by: Heather Zinna, LCSW  
Thursday November 18th, 2021
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

Approved for 3.0 CE clock hours in Diagnosis; no NBCC credits available for this program.

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About The Workshop

Often, when young children are referred for therapy, they present with certain behaviors and the referral may be influenced by teachers and/or parents and their experience or lack of knowledge of those behaviors. As a clinician, it is easy to focus only on the presenting problem and want to give a label or diagnosis. In this workshop, participants will learn various techniques to look beyond the presenting issue(s) and delve deeper into what factors can contribute to childhood diagnoses, such as Childhood Mental and Behavioral Disorders. Participants will learn to differentiate between normal childhood behavior and pathology, including, but not limited to neurodevelopmental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, to help them conceptualize and treatment plan. Discussion will also include when it’s important to refer children out for medical and/or psychiatric evaluation. Workshop attendees will learn skills for how to work with teachers in school settings and with families at home and how this can positively impact treatment outcomes. Discussion of family dynamics, systems theory and how various life stressors can impact children and affect their behavior will be addressed. Participants will be provided a brief overview of Child-Centered Play Therapy and how it is used for assessment along with the importance of having a knowledge of child development in therapy.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn strategies for “reading” an initial childhood assessment
  • Discuss what it means to “diagnose” a child and strategies to reduce negative impact of childhood diagnoses 
  • Define child development and how it impacts conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Provide an overview of Child-Centered Play Therapy
  • Learn strategies to work with parents to better assist in their child’s therapy and reaching goals
  • Learn techniques to assist schools and teachers in not only assessing but working with kids to minimize behavioral disruptions and maximize children’s success

About The Presenter

Heather Zinna, LCSW earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1996 from SLU and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the LSU School of Social Work  in 1999. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor currently working on her Theraplay credential and will begin AutPlay training this month. Prior to beginning private practice in 2014, Heather held various positions in Head Start and owned her own business, Toddlearn. She is currently in private practice where she specializes in Play Therapy and sees primarily children 0-12 years old and their families. Heather loves working with young children and is excited to become a professional presenter as well. Heather is a member of NASW, APT and LAPT as well as a past member of the LAPT board.

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