Project Joy

As an FCA Employee, you may have witnessed the evolution of Project Joy. Many of you expressed that you missed learning the games and tools that came with the Project Joy Journey curriculum. This curriculum was being used continuously with our Extended Day Treatment Program, but outside of EDT, this was not offered. Over the years, we have worked hard to create our FCA Project Joy training that not only includes the games through this experiential workshop, but also provides an understanding of why we use play and how it helps heal the children and families we work with. Below is more information about this FCA training which will now be offered VIRTUALLY (stay tuned for a date). This program has been approved for 3 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Worker Licensure renewal.



Next Training:

Friday, November 13, 2020

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Participants will engage in a virtual experiential workshop that includes a research-based explanation of the neurobiological implications of using expressive therapies. Through hands-on demonstrations of play activities using video and live activities, participants will immediately be able to incorporate these methods into their practice. Presenters will provide information about the neuroscience behind how play and movement can help heal children 'from the bottom up' in regards to brain development.



  • Break down how adverse childhood experiences affect brain development, emotion regulation & cognition.
  • Explain the neuroscience behind how those who have experienced trauma process information.
  • Understand how play can reframe trauma experiences, increase self-regulation and connect to a mind- body awareness.
  • Demonstrate how to implement a variety of tools in practice through hands-on interactive experiences