Treating Disruptive Behaviour Problems in a Play Therapy Setting


Disruptive Behaviour disorders (DBD’s) are the most common mental health problem among children. In addition to being one of the most common disorders it is also one of the most challenging to intervene with for a variety of reasons, including the prevalence of co-morbidity and level of associated issues such as disregulation, anti-social behaviour and systemic problems.

This two-day presentation will provide participants with a clear understanding of the DBD spectrum, including diagnostic features, risk and preventive factors, and intervention strategies using play therapy for the individual, family and school setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify symptoms and characteristics of ADHD and the three different types
  2. Identify symptoms and characteristics of CD
  3. Identify symptoms and characteristics of OD
  4. Identify and be able to access screening tools
  5. Describe both the risk factors and protective factors related to DBD’s (biological, familial, school)
  6. Describe and be able to utilize evidence-informed techniques using play therapy models for helping children and youth with DBD’s including play therapy techniques to address specific challenges being presented
  7. Describe and apply play therapy interventions that parents and teachers can use to manage disruptive behaviours, and to strengthen the client’s resiliency
  8. Understand the origins of aggressive behavior and the key factors which can be introduced a preventive or early intervention components.