Course Description

Autism and Trauma: AutPlay® Therapy and Beyond

About This Training
This training is a self-paced 6 hour online/home study training focusing on understanding trauma issues with autistic children and adolescents and how to integrate AutPlay Therapy (a play therapy approach) and established trauma protocols to effectively assess and address trauma issues with autistic.  

A PDF PowerPoint is provided to follow as a guide for completing this training. 

It is expected that you will complete the whole training and not skip over any parts of this training. There is a post exam at the end of the training. You will need access to the internet to complete this training and you will be asked to watch video clips, read additional materials, and complete experiential activities. 

If you are counting this training toward the 150 hours to become an RPT or RPT-S, the 6 hours can be calculated as any combination of 6 toward special topics, 6 toward applicants’ choice.  

If you have any questions while completing the training, you may contact Jen Taylor info@jentaylorplaytherapy.com or Robert Jason Grant info@autplaytherapy.com.


Description:
This training will explore the unique manifestations of trauma in autistic children. How to use AutPlay Therapy (a play therapy approach) to address trauma issues and how to integrate and adapt other evidence-based trauma approaches for autistic children will be covered. Research related to trauma and autism and play therapy and trauma approaches will be highlighted. Trauma will be discussed from two perspectives: a traditional view of trauma impact and autism as a trauma response. Participants will also learn about and engage in experiential play therapy techniques to address trauma issues in autistic children.


Learning Objectives:
1) Identify the AutPlay Therapy three step process to help autistic children who are struggling with trauma issues. 
2) List at least two reasons play therapy is appropriate for addressing trauma. 
3) Describe at least three play therapy interventions that help autistic children develop regulation ability.
4) Define the five-paradigm process of autism as a trauma response
5) Identify how AutPlay Therapy integrates with established trauma protocols. 
6) List at least two play therapy interventions that help autistic children develop emotion identification and expression.

CE Hrs: (6) APT Approved Provider #12-318 for continuing education and Certified Training Partner for IBCCES (International Board for Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) #CE159432

Instructor

Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist. He owns and operates the AutPlay Therapy clinic in Southwest, MO. Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, including working with autistic children, neurodivergent children, and those diagnosed with ADHD and other developmental disabilities. He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy approach. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma related therapy for children and adults. Dr. Grant is an international speaker and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. He is a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters, and books including the following titles: AutPlay® Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Play-Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Understanding Sensory Processing Challenges, A Workbook for Children and Teens. Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, A Workbook for Children and Teens. Understanding ADHD: A Workbook for Children and Teens. AutPlay® Therapy Play and Social Skills Groups: A Ten Session Model. Play Therapy Theories and Perspectives: Diversity of Thought in the Field. Dr. Grant is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Stars for Autism. He is currently serving on the board of directors (president elect) for the Association for Play Therapy. He is also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). Dr. Grant is also a Certified Behavioral Life Coach through the PeopleKeys® program and provides life coaching, consultations, and play therapy supervision services. He is also a Board Certified Telepractice Specialist providing therapy and coaching through tele processes.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Course Materials

    • Autism and Trauma: AutPlay Therapy and Beyond Powerpoint

    • Video 1: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • Video 2: Autism and Trauma Five Considerations

    • Video 3: Step Two Techniques

    • Video 4: An Integrative Approach for Addressing Trauma

    • Video 5: Case Examples

    • Article: Playful Strategies to Eliminate Shame within Traumatized Children

    • Article: Play Therapy and EMDR a Conversation

    • Article: The Effects of Psychological Trauma on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders a Research Review

    • References

  • 3

    Finish Course and Get Certificate

    • Course Evaluation (Required)

    • Quiz (Required)

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