Playful Approaches to Trauma and Stress Responses

Playful Approaches to Stress & Trauma Responses

A training about how to create the appropriate level of safety and challenge in the therapeutic space. We know that for change to happen, there needs to be a balance. This workshop is oriented toward mental health clinicians and community workers. Come learn playful approaches to bypass issues that can get in the way, like overwhelm, boredom, and shame.

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Define “window of tolerance” and explain why a playful approach can help you find it
  2. Identify 3 clinical interventions that you can apply immediately in your work
  3. Gain experiential knowledge of the power of play to access the comfort and excitement needed to generate change

Workshop led by Jaq Nguyen Victor, Wellness in Action grantee, and #reground 2018 community dialogue facilitator.


Jaq Nguyen Victor is a queer, non-binary trans, neurodivergent, and Vietnamese-American clinician. They are the Founder of Dig & Demand—a grassroots program that flips the script on the mainstream Western model of therapy through critical literacy and embodied play. They hold an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the Drama Therapy Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), specializing in an improvisational form of roleplay called Developmental Transformations (DvT). Jaq was a recipient of the 2017 Soma Award for “Outstanding Activism Inspired by Spiritual Wisdom” from the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Time to time, Jaq can also be found making films, performing stand up, facilitating experiential workshops around the Bay Area. Currently, they practice at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI), where they lead the Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ program.


Aug 09 2019


2:00 pm - 6:00 pm



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1721 Broadway #202 Oakland, CA 94612
1721 Broadway #202 Oakland, CA 94612
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