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[WEBINAR] The Lessons of Abuse: People Who Love You Hurt You! (June 20, 2019)

Dr. Eliana Gil
WHEN Thursday, Jun 20th 2019 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM (CST)


*This webinar will be available to purchase for a small fee two (2) business days after the live webinar*

This workshop will look at how children experience complex trauma at the hands of parents and/or caretakers as well as how abuse confuses how love looks and feels.  By looking at drawings of traumatized children, we will get a clear picture of the many ways that children want safety and nurturing, and the many ways that they feel threatened and fearful when caretakers respond kindly and without abuse.  The workshop will also highlight the way children’s behaviors may be asking questions or show their underlying needs and how parents and caretakers can respond.

Dr. Eliana Gil is a Founding Partner of Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education, LLC, a group private practice in Fairfax, Va, where she currently works as a Senior Clinical and Research Consultant.  She is an Approved MFT Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor and a Registered Art Therapist.  She is also a Circle of Security Certified Parent Educator, a Level II Theraplay provider, and participated and completed a two-year Individual Certification process with Dr. Bruce Perry.  Dr. Gil provides in-depth, specialized trainings at Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy in Fairfax, VA on an array of topics including trauma-focused integrated approaches to family and child treatment.  In the last two decades, Eliana has directed two child sexual abuse treatment programs in Northern Virginia and continues her work in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment.  She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her doctorate in family therapy from the California Graduate School of Family Psychology in San Rafael, California.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abused of Children and the National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse.  She is also a former President of the Association for Play Therapy and received APT’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Dr. Gil has written numerous chapters, journal articles, and books on child abuse and related topics and has participated in educational videotapes that feature her work through Guilford Press, as well as a self-published DVD on Family Play Therapy.  Her most recent books include Post-Traumatic Play: What Clinicians Should Know and the second edition of Play in Family Therapy.  She also co-authored a book with Dr. David Crenshaw on Termination Challenges in Psychotherapy.  Her classic book Outgrowing the Pain, has been translated into many languages.  Dr. Gil is a well-known international lecturer, author, and clinician.  She is bilingual and bicultural with Ecuadorian parents.  Since 2014, she has been semi-retired and continues to supervise, consult and teach.  Dr. Gil provides trainings across the country on a regular basis, although greatly reduced from previous years.  She also sponsors the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Institute in Northern Virginia on an annual basis.  She currently resides in Medford, MA.