Trauma Focused Play Therapy: Simple Interventions to Help Youth Manage Stress


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In this video interview, Nicole O-Pries talks about her extensive training and experience helping kids navigate traumatic stress in a variety of settings, from crime scenes to play therapy offices. She shares play therapy interventions that help kids regulate their nervous system in the days and months after trauma exposure. These practical skills can be found within a number of evidence-based trauma-focused therapies, including play therapy, and serve as the foundation for effective work with youth who have experienced single-incident and complex trauma.


1.Define key terms related to trauma-informed and trauma-focused play therapy.

2.Understand how the mind and body experience the traumatic stress response.

3.Integrate body-based interventions in play therapy settings to help youth better regulate their responses to traumatic stress. 

SPEAKER BIO - Nicole O-Pries

For over a decade, Nicole has gained a reputation for her expertise in trauma-focused mental health intervention and trauma-informed organizational development.

Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Family Trauma Professional.* She also holds certification in TF-CBT and is EMDR trained.  She has gathered widespread experience in helping individuals in New York, Washington, DC, Virginia, and in Central Asia.

Her practice has included leading trauma and grief mental health services for children and parents in diverse settings, such as crime scenes, hospitals, funerals, psychotherapy sessions, schools and community violence vigils. 

In addition to her work as a social work professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Nicole has developed an innovative private practice. At,  you can learn more about the services she offers including; online therapy for expats; parent coaching after recent trauma; EMDR for children and adults; training and clinical supervision for social workers.

*credential endorsed by the International Association of Trauma Professionals


Private Practice Website:  Nicole O-Pries


 1 Hour Non-Contact Credit Is Available For This Course With The Purchase Of The All Access Pass

(All Access Pass Purchase Offer Comes Immediately After Summit Registration!)

20 Total Hours of Credit Available As Part of the All Access Pass.  See terms here. 

**Play Therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals**

Summit Founder and Hostess:  Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S

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Jennifer has nearly 20 years experience working with children and families.  She is currently licensed in Florida, Tennessee, and Hawaii.  She is EMDR Trained and TF-CBT Certified.  

She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis and has presented at multiple national conferences.  Jennifer provides play therapy case consultation, supervision and training (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  

Oh, and she also has three children under the age of 4 and a pretty fantastic husband!