Filial Therapy: Helping Families Build Stronger Attachments through

This workshop will highlight several of the major challenges facing the parent-child
relationship in today’s society. It will address the negative impact these challenges
have on the parent-child connection and talk about how Filial Therapy can help restore those relationships. Filial Therapy is one of the most effective evidence-based
family models that has been proven to help improve: a) the child’s behavioral problems (both internal and external); b) the parent-child relationship; c) the parent’s
level of functioning (both as parent and in regards to their own mental health); and
d) the marital relationship. For these reasons it is one of the most effective interventions that truly involves the entire family. This training will introduce participants to Filial Play Therapy and provide them with a basic understanding of how it
helps improve family functioning.
Filial Therapy:
Helping Families Build Stronger
Attachments through the Power of Play
May 5, 2015
Edwin W. Monroe AHEC Conference Center
Venture Tower Drive, Greenville
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Upon completion of this workshop, participants should increase their ability to
effectively care for clients by being able to:
 Discuss the current pressures that are facing contemporary families, and the
impact those pressures have on family relationships, emotional regulation, and
healthy functioning
 Examine how play is the primary language of childhood and how parents can
connect better with their children through play
 Identify the basic skills of Filial Play Therapy* and how it helps build stronger
attachments between children and their primary caregivers
 Explore how to apply the Filial Play Therapy skills to common clinical concerns
that they face in their everyday practice
as well as implement these skills in their daily practice.
*To be fully trained in Filial Play Therapy participants must complete a 4-day intensive training. This 4-day intensive training serves as the educational and practice
requirements to begin the certification process. While this training will help familiarize a person with the Filial approach, additional training would be required to be
considered a Filial Play Therapist.
This workshop will be very helpful for all child clinicians and professionals, including
psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed counselors, social workers,
early intervention staff, school personnel, child psychotherapists, art therapists,
integrated care professionals, nurses, and all other professionals who work with
children (ages 3-12) and families.
Filial Therapy: Helping Families Build Stronger Attachments through the Power of Play
Andrew S. Brimhall, PhD, LMFT, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child
Development and Family Relations at East Carolina University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an Approved Supervisor of AAMFT, and a trained Filial
Instructor. Over the course of the past 10 years he has completed the 4 day intensive
Filial training, the Advanced Filial Training, and the Instructor training. Since that time
he has provided several intensive Filial trainings. He has presented his work locally,
nationally, and internationally and has been featured through various media outlets
regarding his work with families experiencing transitions. Dr. Brimhall was awarded
the 2006 dissertation award from AAMFT for his work with remarried couples and
helped mentor the 2011 and 2012 recipients of the award. He has several publications aimed at improving clinical practice with children and families. He maintains a
small private practice with a heavy emphasis on attachment and improving family
This program is being held at the Edwin W. Monroe AHEC Conference Center
(adjacent to the Eastern AHEC Office Building-Venture Tower) located on Venture
Tower Drive in Greenville, NC. Parking is available in the lots marked Monroe Conference Center Parking Only (two rows in front of the building and in the lot located to
the right of the building).
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You will receive handouts for this workshop in your confirmation email. Please be
sure we have your correct email so that you will receive the handouts. Please be
sure to print your handouts prior to the event and bring them to the workshop, as
there will be none available at the event. The program evaluation will be sent immediately following the program to the email address on your registration form.
Once the evaluation has been completed, your certificate will be available.
8:30 am
9:00 am
Current Pressures Facing Families: A Systemic
10:15 am
10:30 am
Why Play?: Understanding the Language of Childhood
12:00 pm
LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 pm
Filial Play Therapy: Building Stronger Attachments
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
Clinical Applications: Using What We’ve Learned to
Handle Common Clinical Concerns
4:00 pm
Question and Answer
4:30 pm
Category A-NC Psychology Credit: This program will provide 5.5 hours of
(Category A) continuing education for North Carolina psychologists.
No partial credit will be given.
Contact Hours: Certificates reflecting 5.5 contact hours of education will be
awarded at the completion of the program.
National Board for Certified Counselors Credit (NBCC): Eastern AHEC is an NBCC
Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer NBCC- approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP
solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
(Provider #5645)
Public School Personnel Renewal Credit: Certificates for up to 5.5 contact hours
of education will be awarded at the completion of the program.
Please bring a sweater or jacket to ensure your comfort.
Filial Therapy: Helping Families Build Stronger Attachments through the Power of Play
Online registration is available at
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The registration fee includes program materials, credit, and refreshments. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced registration fee by registering on or before April 28, 2015. If you register early and must subsequently cancel,
a full refund will be made through April 28, 2015. No refunds will be made thereafter, but a substitute may attend. We would appreciate advance notification of
any substitutes so that we can prepare materials in that person’s name. NOTE: If
you register, do not attend, and do not cancel by the April 28 deadline, you or your
agency will be billed for the full amount.
Participants who pay with a credit card may fax their completed registration form
to (252)744-5229. Those paying with check (made payable to Eastern AHEC)
should mail the completed registration form and check to:
Eastern AHEC
Attn: Registration
PO Box 7224
Greenville, NC 27835-7224
If you would like more information on the program, please call Mental Health Education at (252) 744-5228.
Filial Therapy: Helping Families Build Stronger Attachments through the
Power of Play
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