Digital Seminar

Reframing Children’s Traumatic Experiences: Playful, Embodied Interventions to Restore, Regulate & Connect

Jennifer Lefebre, PsyD, RPT-S
1 Hour 25 Minutes
Aug 06, 2020
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Children are highly vulnerable in the aftermath of traumatic events...their sense of safety and self needs to be rebuilt in connection with others.

What can we do when we as professionals have suffered these same events?  And, how do we move our clients through these experiences into the present moment, when there is still fear and uncertainty?

When children view us as present and authentic in a crisis, particularly when they’re dysregulated, we create an opening for healing.  By creating rhythms and connection, we give children with difficult emotions permission to create new experiences that teach them how to respond rather than react, as they’ve done in the past.

This recording offers effective interventions for individuals, dyads, families, and groups.

Don’t miss it!  You’ll emerge energized, prepared, and ready to face the future.



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Jennifer Lefebre, PsyD, RPT-S, is a clinical psychologist, registered play therapist supervisor, and trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator. She is the president-elect for the New England Association for Play Therapy. Her clinical and research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. Dr. Lefebre has extensive experience working with young children (0-5), adult survivors of severe childhood abuse and neglect, first responders, and combat veterans.

Dr. Lefebre is the clinical director at Healing the Child Within, a holistic trauma center in northwestern Connecticut which integrates psychotherapy, yoga, play, and expressive arts therapies into the treatment of complex trauma. She also provides clinical supervision and play therapy consultation throughout New England and online, and an adjunct faculty member at several universities, teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, Dr. Lefebre is a sought-after expert for speaking engagements, podcasts and webinars on the topics of play therapy and complex childhood trauma.


Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial:  Jennifer Lefebre is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial:  Jennifer Lefebre is a member of the Association of Play Therapy.


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  1. Develop effective ways to help children understand and process on what is happening in their body as a result of traumatic stress.
  2. Evaluate how embodied interventions can reframe trauma experiences and connect to a mind-body awareness.
  3. Analyze how sensorimotor processing can alleviate the re-experiencing of trauma.
  4. Apply specific movement, breathing, interoceptive, and mindfulness techniques that can help children and families gain mastery over their lives.


Stress response patterns as survival strategies

  • Hyper- and hypo-arousal and the window of tolerance
  • The impact of trauma on somatic experiencing and the sensory system
  • Mirror neurons, empathy and connecting with others 
  • Importance of co-regulation 
  • Therapeutic powers of play


Applications Suitable for the Treatment of Recent Traumatic Events


Practice and adapt playful and embodied techniques for a variety of settings, abilities & age levels, in order to… 

  • Restore the capacity to play through games & creative movements
  • Increase trust & build healthy attachments through healthy touch 
  • Integrate dance and music with embodied play therapy principles to decrease dysregulation & improve distress tolerance skills
  • Select playful interventions to help children experience the present moment, reducing emotional numbing, depression, and dissociation 
  • Help children gain mastery over their lives with mindfulness techniques that can reduce intrusive images and “stuck” memories
  • Expand capacity for self-awareness with breathing exercises and interoceptive cues

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School-based Clinicians
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Other Helping Professionals that work with children

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