2019 NCRSS Annual Gathering

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2019 NCRSS Annual Gathering

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  The 2019 NCRSS Annual Gathering focuses on therapy with multicultural children. Presenter Sonia Lucana introduces a practical and experiential integration of sandplay and play therapy techniques that promote optimal growth and integrate cultural awareness. She incorporates indigenous practices of the sacred medicine from Latin American countries in the context of Kalffian/Jungian sandplay and play therapy perspectives. Sandplay and play therapy are used together effectively in multicultural settings in response to a child’s social and emotional state, held by the clinician in the sacred space without interpretation. The power of therapeutic play using sand, water and non-verbal symbolic language offers a safe and nurturing environment where children become active witnesses in their healing journey as they express and make sense of implicit memories and early trauma. Case vignettes illustrate how traumatic experiences are processed non-verbally and lead to behavioral and emotional changes. Participants will learn to incorporate best practices for validating and supporting cross-cultural diversity in play therapy and sandplay. Hands-on symbol making and discussion follows the presentation.
 
 
Learning Objectives

  • Discuss clinical benefits of using both sandplay and play therapy with children who have suffered sexual, physical, emotional abuse and severe neglect from various ethnic groups.

  • Identify multicultural symbols used during sandplay and play therapy serving diverse populations.

  • Explore clinical case material to increase knowledge of non-verbal symbolic language using sand, water, symbols, colors and play therapy.

 
Sonia Lucana, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, SP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Sandplay Practitioner. Sonia is experienced in Jungian sandplay therapy in addition to Gestalt and Filial play therapy.  Since 2004 she has worked as a psychiatric social worker who specializes in serving victims of sexual abuse and severe neglect from multicultural backgrounds. She has presented at national conferences and mental health agencies on various topics including play therapy, creative arts, sandplay therapy and trauma. Her writings include Pachamama: Images of the Great Mother, Cultural and Clinical Perspectives in Sandplay Therapy in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 2016 and doctoral dissertation, The Sacred Medicine Holder: Indigenous healing traditions and modern mental health, 2019.
 
3.0 CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: NCRSS is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for licensed Psychologists (Provider # NOR021). The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) recognizes CPA continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs.  NCRSS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 hours of instruction are eligible for CE credits. One credit equals 60 minutes of instruction. No partial attendance to receive credits.
3.0 APT CREDITS:  Sonia Lucana is Approved Provider #14-392 for the Association for Play Therapy and maintains responsibility for the presentation. There is no extra charge for APT CEs. Partial credit cannot be offered. NCRSS and this presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.
STA/ISST: Sonia Lucana, Sandplay Practitioner, is sponsored by Ellen Searle LeBel, Certified Sandplay Therapist Teacher for this presentation. The presentation qualifies for 3.0 hours toward certification as a sandplay therapist.
 
FEES and REGISTRATION: $65 NCRSS members, $75 non-members. www.californiasandplay.org   Includes morning refreshments, lunch, and art materials. No charge for CE’s.  We welcome prelicensed as well as licensed professionals in clinics, schools and private practice. Contact norcalsandplay@gmail.com

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