Balancing on the Head of a Pin: Play Therapy for Anxiety, Anger, and Other Forms of Dysregulation 

August 2 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm

In this training with Paris Goodyear-Brown, participants will explore the physiological confusion that often results with dysregulated children and teens as their stress response systems work to keep up with the pressures of our world.

Participants will learn techniques to help children articulate their anxiety provoking situations; establish emotional granularity, and soothe the physiology. Playful tools for designing and tracking gradual exposures will be covered.

Specific Play Therapy techniques will be augmented by detailed case examples, video clips, and experiential learning.

Presenter: Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S  – click here for bio.

Learning Objectives: 

1. List the three structures of the triune brain.

2. Explain the role of early attachment relationships in the evolution of a child’s self-regulation.

3. Articulate five play therapy interventions aimed at soothing the physiology.

4. List five play therapy interventions aimed at helping clients rehearse impulse control and/or anger management skills.

5. List three metaphors that can be used to describe how anxiety grows and how it can be reduced.

6. List six co-regulation strategies codified in the acronym SOOTHE.

7. List three play therapy tools for tracking exposure/response prevention trials.

Cost: $180 LIVE: This will be a LIVE, in-person workshop. Participants must attend the entire presentation and will be awarded LIVE CONTACT APT CE’s upon successful completion of a post test. Approved by APT for 6 LIVE CONTACT APT CE Hours & Florida Psychologist, LMHC, LMFT & LCSW CEU’s.

Discounts are also available for groups of 10+ people!

Student discounts available! Please email to with your name, school, and request for a 30% student discount code.

Workshop Agenda

  • 9:00am-10:30am Introduction to the balancing on the head of a pin: play therapy for anxiety, anger and other forms of dysregulation
  • 10:30am-10:45am break
  • 10:45am-12:00pm Introduction to the triune brain and role of early attachment relationships
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
  • 12:30pm-2:00pm Play therapy activities to soothe the physiology and impulse control and/or anger management skills
  • 2:00pm-2:15pm break
  • 2:15pm-4:00pm 6 co-regulation strategies (SOOTHE) and play therapy interventions to track exposure/response prevention trials
  • 4:30pm Goodbyes
6000 N Flagler Dr
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407 United States
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Workshop Cancellation and Refund Policy 

  • All cancellations must be made at least 10 days prior to the scheduled workshop. Registered participants who provide proper notice (10 days or more) will be credited, minus a 25% workshop fee. For registered participants who cancel less than 10 days prior to the workshops, credit towards a future workshop will be provided. This credit must be used within 1 year of the original workshop date (no cash refunds). The registered participant may invite another person to substitute their place in the workshop (in which they are registered) at any time at no charge.
  • You may cancel by emailing 
  • No shows or missed workshops will not receive a refund or credit.

Center for Child Counseling is approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Provider #50-11511. 

Center for Child Counseling is an approved provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education through the Association for Play Therapy, which has developed policies, standards, and the credentialing for the practice of Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider #09-263.

*Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Center for Child Counseling is approved through the Florida Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Mental Health Providers #50-11511.

Pediatric Society Reconvenes for the First Time Since COVID to Discuss How to Integrate Mental Health into Primary Care

April 25, 2024
For immediate release
Media contact: Cara Scarola Hansen
Center for Child Counseling Public Relations Counsel

Pediatric Society Reconvenes for the First Time Since COVID to Discuss How to Integrate Mental Health into Primary Care

Palm Beach Pediatric Society joins Center for Child Counseling in leading the fight in children’s mental health. 

In partnership with the Palm Beach Pediatric Society, the Center for Child Counseling continued its Lead the Fight series to move forward its efforts addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and childhood trauma with the healthcare providers who are on the frontlines of seeing children and families. Part one of a three-part series, The Trauma-Informed Pediatric Practice: We Are the Boots on the Ground, took place April 17, 2024, at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach. 

Led by Dr. Shannon Fox-Levine, president of the Palm Beach Pediatric Society and medical director of Center for Child Counseling, this initial part of the series focused on how pediatric medical professionals can provide pediatric mental health integration by being trauma-informed in their primary care and subspecialty offices.

“When we look at our systems–whether it’s our schools, our legal systems, our department of juvenile justice, our medical system with our pediatricians–you are often the most trusted person in a child’s life, in a family’s life,” stated Renée Layman, president and CEO of Center for Child Counseling, in her opening address to the more than 80 pediatric healthcare providers and community partners in attendance. 

Fox-Levine emphasized that as often the person a parent or family turns to when in crisis, the primary care and subspecialty pediatric providers should be armed with the tools to identify mental health risks. Since physical health and mental health cannot be separated, pediatric medical professionals are at the forefront of the youth mental health crisis. She discussed the impact of childhood trauma into adulthood: from depression, higher risk of suicide, incarceration to the risks of cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases.

“We protect kids, that’s our mission, preventative care to keep them healthy, to keep them from getting those illnesses, like polio. So, we really need to think of that as we leave here tonight…setting that mission for all of us is to think of it more of those effects of trauma on children, what that looks like for that adult. And what the impact of finding those kids now through our recommended screening processes will do for those same adults in the future,” said Fox-Levine.

The presentation provided the practical strategies and toolkit of resources necessary for the healthcare providers to address children’s mental health needs–screening early and connecting children and families to the appropriate care and support offered in Palm Beach County. 

Center for Child Counseling team members–Mackenzie Halley, director of the pediatric integration program, and Jibby Ciric, senior director of strategic impact–provided an overview of adverse childhood experiences and adverse community experiences and how to create a trauma-informed community to support a child’s development and to recognize and stop childhood trauma. 

This event marked the first time in more than four years that the Palm Beach Pediatric society convened. The primary pediatric providers had the opportunity to talk to each other about the mental health crisis that all pediatricians are seeing and offer each other peer support. 

In 2015, Center for Child Counseling launched Fighting ACEs to build awareness and action to mitigate the impact of ACEs and build well-being through Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs). In conjunction with Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2017, the Center developed ‘Lead the Fight’ in 2016 to bring awareness to system leaders around fighting childhood adversity with advocacy and action. Since that time, the agency has educated tens of thousands of parents, professionals, and systems leaders. 

Partnership sponsors who are leading the fight in making these important conversations and educational series possible include: BeWellPBC, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County; Florida Association for Infant Mental Health; Hanley Foundation, Palm Beach Pediatrics, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Mead Johnson/Enfamil, and Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley

CFCC’s Fighting ACEs initiative to build trauma-informed communities is made possible with the generous support of Quantum Foundation, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, and private donors.

CFCC’s pediatric integration program is made possible thanks to the support of Quantum Foundation, The Frederick DeLuca Foundation, and Palm Beach County Community Services Department

Part 2 of the Lead the Fight 2024 series, The Superheroes Have Arrived, will take place on August 28. The event focus will be on how Palm Beach County Schools are helping students in mental health crisis with the CAPE Team and other mental health services.

Part 3, Positivity Will Give HOPE for Our Future, is scheduled for December 4, and will feature understanding the effect of Positive Childhood Experiences on countering the long-term possible effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

About Center for Child Counseling
Center for Child Counseling has been building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County since 1999. Its services focus on preventing and healing the effects of adverse experiences and toxic stress on children, promoting resiliency and healthy family, school, and community relationships. Twitter: @ChildCounselPBC Facebook: @CenterforChildCounseling Instagram: @childcounselpbc


Resiliency Building: A Guide for Educators

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Resilience is about thriving – and not just surviving. 

“How parents and teachers talk tells a child how they feel about him. Their statements affect his self-esteem and self-worth. To a large extent, their language determines his destiny.”

This training is recommended to all educators and it’s 15 minutes long.

In this FREE Online Workshop, you will learn about:

  • Gaining an understanding of resilience
  • How to aid and support youth in identifying, building and maintaining resilience
  • Tools to increase relationships 

Fostering Social-Emotional Learning in Elementary-Aged Children

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Social and emotional development affects every aspect of a child’s life. 

Children are born with the need and desire to connect with those around them. When parents, caregivers and teachers establish and model positive relationships with children during their early years of life, children feel safe and secure, laying the foundation for healthy social and emotional development. This process affects how children experience the world, express themselves, manage their emotions, and establish positive relationships with others.

In this FREE Online Workshop, you will learn about:

  • Understanding Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Social and Emotional Skills
  • The Importance of SEL  
  • Social and Emotional Developmental Milestones for grades K-5
  • Strategies to help your child develop social and emotional skills

How to Change your Stress to Strength 

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Everyone experiences stress. Our bodies are meant to feel stress and to react to it. 

Most people experience stress on a daily basis. Stress keeps us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress results from things that impact upon us in the normal course of life. But what happens when our stress does not go away? Your body is only meant to handle stress in small bursts. Chronic stress can lead to serious problems, lowering your immune system and interfering with the proper functioning of your body’s systems. 

This webinar consists of two modules: 1. Definition, Impact and Symptoms of Stress and 2. Dealing with Stress: Self-Regulation and Coping Skills. Each module is 20 mins. 

In this FREE Online Workshop, you will learn about:

  • What is Stress and Stress Response Levels
  • Impact of Stress
  • Symptoms of Stress
  • Self-Care and Self-Regulation Skills 
  • How to Cope with Stress

How to Manage Sibling Rivalry

Online, On-Demand Workshop

If you have more than one child, chances are good to excellent that you’ve had to referee sibling fighting and rivalry.

Even the best sibling relationships can have their moments of conflict and friction. Sibling bickering can be very challenging and stressful for parents and caregivers to manage.  

In this FREE Online Workshop, you will learn about:

  • Parenting Overview and Parenting Styles
  • Factors that Influence Sibling Rivalry
  • Main Causes of Sibling Rivalry
  • Strategies to Manage Sibling Rivalry
  • What to Do When Fighting Starts
  • Helping Siblings Get Along
  • Strategies for Conflict Resolution
  • About Sibling Rivalry

Achieving Success with Teenagers: A Guide to Effectively Parenting Teens

Online, On-Demand Workshop

If you have a teenager, you’ve probably already discovered that adolescence provides new challenges as you face family conflicts.

Surviving (your child’s) adolescence can be difficult. Join us today to learn new ways to understand your teen, and to communicate with them effectively. 

This training is recommended to all parents of teens and it’s 15 minutes long.

In this FREE Online Workshop, you will learn about:

  • Understand teen development
  • Learn effective communication styles with your teen
  • Provide a positive environment that allows for your teen to grow and develop

How to Use Positive Parenting and Discipline Strategies with Your Child 

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Parenting elementary-aged children can be challenging – and we are here to help. 

If you would like to learn some new, empirically tested parenting strategies to help you develop positive parenting and communication skills – register today! 

This training is recommended to all parents of children ages 6-11 and it’s 40 minutes long.

In this FREE Online Workshop, you will learn about:

  • Positive Parenting and Communication
  • Different Discipline Strategies (such as encouragement, active ignoring, and time out)
  • Behavior Management Strategies (such as sticker chart, weekly point chart, and color chart)

Feelings & Coping Curriculum 

Online, On-Demand Workshop

A FREE ‘Caregiver + Kid’ Workshop

This online training is designed to help teachers, parents, and caregivers of children aged 0 – 8. You should plan to attend along with your child.

Children deal with many of the same feelings as adults. However, young children usually don’t have the vocabulary to describe or talk about their feelings.

The ability to cope is not something we’re born with. Coping involves a set of emotional and practical skills our children learn through both observation and direct teaching. Without healthy coping skills, children are likely to “act out”. Children who don’t know how to deal with their feelings are also more likely to turn to unhealthy coping strategies as they grow older. A child who learns how to cope when young will gain strength and confidence as he/she matures. 

This Online Workshop consists of 6 Lessons. Each lesson is +/-15 minutes. 

Your child will be able to:

  • Identify and talk about feeling
  • Communicate effectively about feelings without using negative behaviors
  • Develop and practice coping skills 

How to Help my Child Listen

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Parenting can be challenging at times. At one point or another, all parents experience defiance regardless of their child’s age.

If you are trying to teach your child to follow directions, this online workshop is for you!

In this Online Workshop you will learn about:

  • The Importance of the Relationship
  • Encouragement vs Praise
  • Reflective Listening
  • ACT Model (an effective way of addressing challenging behaviors)
  • Choices

Language Preference: This workshop is offered in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole


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