Kate Amatruda MFT, CST-T, BCETS
This course meets the qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education,
By the time Sophie was 10, she had been kicked out of seven schools and seen four therapists. Her family suffered as she struggled with temper tantrums, mood swings, night terrors, oppositional behavior, social problems, and psychotic episodes. One week after her 11th birthday Sophie attempted suicide.
Gary was the "teenager from hell", according to his family. His rages had escalated to the point at which the police were frequently called. Was Gary bipolar, an addict, or just out-of-control?
This course will follow the treatment of Sophie and Gary and their families and look at how the assessment of bipolar disorder was made.
We will explore how bipolar disorder impacts the lives of children and adolescents with this illness, as well as their families.
Different treatment options based upon the client, such as play therapy, supportive therapy, family therapy, psychoeducation, medication will be discussed.
Differential diagnosis, medication, heredity, countertransference , nature and nurture, body and soul and the importance of acknowledging the wholeness in each other will be explored in the cases presented and in the links.
This course meets the qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education
Association for Play Therapy (Non-contact hours) (#02-117)
maintains responsibility for the program.
This course will allow the student to:
recognize the symptoms involved in the Bipolar Disorder diagnosis in children
identify the concepts of diagnosis and treatment of bipolar
disorder in pediatric populations.
know the difference between bipolar disorder and other illnesses; be able
to complete a differential diagnosis through the child's behavior and play.
understand the concept of bipolar disorder as a life long condition
necessitating psychotherapy, medication and psychoeducation.
explore countertransference issues regarding bipolar disorder;
understand the high risk of suicide in people with bipolar disorder.
7. understand and choose between different treatment options based upon the client (play therapy, supportive therapy, family therapy, psychoeducation, medication, etc.).
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