Resilient Communities: 

Renewal and Rebuilding in the playroom. 

In the heart of challenge, lies the seed of resilience. Play therapists are uniquely at the center of growing and cultivating resilience in children, youth, families, and adults.

In this workshop, we journey together to transform difficult experiences into sources of strength. Through experiential exercise, participants will have the opportunity to thrive, discovering strategies and tools that not only enhance practice but also enrich outcomes for clients.

Finally, the workshop will ground in incorporating equity and developing culturally-informed practices aimed to equip play therapists to use an inclusive practice.

Presented by: Nicole Perryman RSW, CPT-S, RP 

Saturday, May 4th, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m AT
Attendees at this session will receive 6 Continuing Education Hours for CAPT CEU requirements.


Goals & Objectives

  • Explore current themes in mental health and trauma that influence play therapy practice,
  • To discuss and identify culturally-informed practices that meet clients where they are at while addressing systemic issues they encounter.
  • To engage in experiential exercises with colleagues blending theory with practice, and
  • To refresh resiliency practices in professional practice and with service users.

Participants will learn

  • The impact of complex trauma and current themes in play therapy practice for children, youth, and adults.
  • How equity and culturally-informed practice can address inequitable outcomes for clients who experience systemic oppression.
  • Resilience-centered play therapy techniques to intervene and improve clients’ experiences and strengthen relationships.
  • Interventions to improve overall resilience, self-worth, and confidence – giving clients the tools to improve their lives, their relationships, and heal their experiences.
  • How to work through complex trauma and build resiliency so families can thrive.

Biography: Nicole Perryman RSW, CAPT- S, RP

Nicole Perryman is a Registered Social Worker, Play Therapist, and Registered practicing in the Durham Region in the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, covered under the Williams Treaties. Nicole started her career supporting children, youth, and families in child welfare, and social services and has worked with children’s mental health, parental contact and parenting time assessments, youth involved in the criminal justice system, trauma centers, and education.

Nicole is the CEO and co-founder of Ifarada Centre for Excellence and Kujenga Family Wellness organizations that provide culturally informed and trauma-focused approaches for children, youth, adults, and families. She is a professor, consultant, and field supervisor for students in social work, child and youth, and counseling psychology. She is also a principal equity consultant supporting organizations across Canada and Internationally on their equity journeys.