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Just For Now: Virtual Use of the Oaklander Model in a Time of Crisis

Weekly Trainings Every Sunday at 930am PST
CEU's and Oaklander Foundation International Certification credits available

Just For Now: Virtual Use of the Oaklander Model in a Time of Crisis immediately suggests a way to frame therapy during this time. It reminds therapists and families that we should now embrace crisis-oriented goals and interventions that strengthen children's sense of self and resilience, and that we should postpone any deeper work to help them respond to the immediate situation- the most relevant and ambitious task we have.

In our weekly sessions, presenters from across the world will present on best practices for the implementation of the Oaklander Model in the current time of crisis, as well as their clinical experiences of working with children and adolescents during this time.

Steps to Participate:
  1. If you have not already paid and want to receive CEU and/or certification credits, please use the PayPal button at the bottom of this page.
  2. You will be redirected to fill your information on this form; please do so by Thursday before the session.
  3. You will receive an email with payment confirmation for your records and an invitation to the Zoom call(s).
  4. Attend the Zoom call. We are required to take attendance for CEUs, and will do so 10-15 minutes into the call.
  5. You will receive links to the post-event test and evaluation following the Zoom call.
  6. Complete the test and evaluation.
  7. You will receive an electronic certificate confirming your CEU and/or certification credit.

Note that we can only issue CEU credits to California residents. If you live outside California, you can still attend the call for certification credit. If you have a financial hardship, please fill out the informational form here and explain in the comments section and we will work with you.

Articolo Pezzutto-Minetto (GPT online nelle CPP)

We are so grateful for the contributions from therapists from the US and around the world for their work to help children and families during this time. This article was provided to VSOF by Arianna Pezzutto, (psychologist with the Assistenza Domiciliare Pediatrica, Terapia del Dolore e Cure Palliative Pediatriche di Pordenone - Italy; psychotherapist in training; has chosen to work towards obtaining a certification in Gestalt Play Therapy and receives monthly supervision from Dr. Giandomenico Bagatin), and M. Minetto (psychologist and psychotherapist with the Assistenza Domiciliare Pediatrica, Terapia del Dolore e Cure Palliative Pediatriche di Pordenone - Italy).

SUMMARY In this article we will take you through a unique experience where the Gestalt Play Therapy (GPT) has been applied to sick children (or to their healthy siblings) who are supported by a Home Paediatric Assistance, Pain Therapy (PT) and Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) Team in Pordenone (Northeast Italy). We will also explore how this approach has changed during the COVID-19 emergency. The first part of the article will give you a brief overview of the work context and a description of the importance of psychology in the PT and PCC, then we will look into the GPT applications in this unusual home setting. Finally, we will explain how the approach has changed during the pandemic (from home GPT to online GPT), and present some clinical cases. As this experience is still ongoing, our conclusions can only be partial. We would like to thank our special children and their families, without whom we would not be able to share this paper.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Camille Jarmie Harris by email at cjarmieharris@gmail.com.

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