A PLAYshop is a sequence of carefully crafted non-verbal exercises that cultivate body-centered social-emotional intelligence presented as simple fun and games.  Some people disconnect from their emotions and body after traumatic experiences. PLAyshop methodology brings them back into their body, helps them reconnect to their emotions, and ultimately promotes full expression and release of potentially harmful, deeply-held trauma.  Grounded in theater training, biopsychology and somatic research, these specially designed physical exercises help children regain their innate sense of security and joy. Watch the video below to see one in action. 

This workshop is designed to train school staff, including physical education and health teachers, guidance counselors and other school leaders who directly support students’ emotional well-being in PLAYshop methodology, a tool that cultivates body-centered resilience and social-emotional intelligence.  

The PLAYshop model seamlessly integrates its methodology into the physical education curriculum, while also meeting Common Core Standards.

The trauma that students and school staff experience in a climate of tragic school shootings, frequent bullying, suicides, and much more is daunting.  Tools to alleviate those stressors are hard to integrate into the school day.  The model Second Response has developed over a dozen years allows teachers to more easily help their students unburden the emotional traumas in a safe and supportive environment while also meeting their requirements.

You will:

  1. Learn how to run a PLAYshop giving you tools to build your students’ personal and social awareness, self-regulation strategies and provide a safely supported environment for emotional externalization
  2. Review some of the supporting research explaining the methodology
  3. Experience a PLAYshop with workshop participants and a group of children from a nearby school
  4. Debrief your experiences to deepen your understanding of the method

Click here to read the full School Resiliency Program Proposal

Click here to read the full School Resiliency Program Proposal

Date: Monday, November 14th, 2016

Time: 9AM-3PM

Cost: FREE

Participants: Physical education and health teachers, guidance counselors, as well as other school leaders who directly support students’ emotional well-being, such as school psychologists, principals, or other interested teachers

Location: Don Tinty Boys & Girls Club  

255 West Street, Bristol, CT 06010

Parking is available behind Don Tinty Boys and   Girls Club.  From West Street turn onto Meadow Street. Parking lot on the right.


Limited space available. Lunch provided.  

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