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the NeedsConnection 
with Dr. Becki!

resources for faith-based caregivers and counselors

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Upcoming Classes!

  • Developmental Play Therapy – Why Touch, Attachment, and Connection Still Matter
    Membership Offer
    Mar 25, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
    Live Webinar
    A live webinar about the seminal theory of Developmental Play Therapy. 6 APT contact hours.
  • The Playful Therapist: The Power of Play in Play Therapy!
    Membership Offer
    Apr 29, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM CDT
    Live Webinar
    Do you know why play is so important? Come find out! 3 Contact Hours.
  • Integrating Play Therapy Theories in Trauma-Informed Treatment
    Multiple Dates
    Jun 06, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
    Colorado Christian University-Lakewood, 8787 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA
    Use Child-Centered, Adlerian, and Developmental Play Therapies for trauma treatment. 6 Contact Hours.
  • Infusing Innovation into Play Therapy Treatment Planning
    Multiple Dates
    Jun 07, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT
    Colorado Christian University-Lakewood, 8787 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA
    Get ready to be creative! 3 Contact Hours.
  • Castles in the Sand and Coloring Outside the Lines In Play Therapy
    Multiple Dates
    Jun 07, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM MDT
    Colorado Christian University-Lakewood, 8787 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA
    Let's get creative! 3 Contact Hours.
  • Parents and Play Therapy: Building successful collaboration for connection with the Needs-Connection Model™
    Membership Offer
    Jul 25, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM MDT
    Colorado Christian University-Lakewood, 8787 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA
    Want a simple strategy to work with parents? You've found it! 4 Contact Hours.
  • The Faith-Based Play Therapist: The (Not-So) Surprising Secret to Extraordinary Play Therapy
    Are you a therapist who is also a Christian? You won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind workshop! 3 Contact Hours.
  • The Needs-Connection Model™-A Conceptualization for Better Relationships and Effective Therapy
    Learn a simple and practical way to conceptualize your clients and your therapy! 6 Contact hours.
  • Weekend Parenting Workshop (Two Saturdays)
    Dr. Becki has developed the Needs-Connection model that will give parents a new way to look at kids' behaviors and how to meet their needs for a strong connection!
Father with his Son
Father with his Son

I just wanted to let you know my husband called me Monday from work to tell me he had very intentionally used the Needs-Connection model to evaluate a student and was so excited about it. During their conversation, he was able to help them process through their lack of nurturing experiences and connect some of their current actions and attitudes to this break in relationship with their now-absent mom. This led to a discussion about Jesus and how He nurtures us, and we can rest in Him even when others don't fulfill those roles in our lives, along with the encouragement that we were available to them as much as we could be as well. It was one of the deeper faith discussions we've been able to have with this student. I also had the opportunity to use it yesterday to help a student sort through some deep-rooted trauma that affects her ability to trust people and causes her so much insomnia that her basic need for sleep, along with her unstable, chaotic home environment, has surfaced in a fight response with conflicts at school. In talking through those aspects, she was able to identify some triggers at school, and we are talking through ways to recognize the triggers quickly and respond differently.


We are intentionally trying to filter our conversations and mindset through the model. It has been so helpful, and we just wanted you to know we are thankful and excited about how God is already using it in our ministry.



Ready for School

Great class! It was extremely helpful and we hope to be able to better parent our children

Ready for School

Enjoyed the Christian perspective and tying our parenting into Scripture

Ready for School

Thanks! Everything was very helpful and has already made a difference in our family

Welcome! I am so glad you are here!

Hello! My name is Becki Welsh, and I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. My passion is helping children and parents heal, connect, and find rest and peace in their homes and relationships. 

​ I first began working with children in 1992, where I began to recognize the role connection plays in the healing of familial relationships. I began working on the Needs Connection Model™ and realized that not only were families seeing success in the ways their families interacted but neuroscience evidence to support the model was also being released. The result of decades of work is the continuously refined training and guidance that you will experience with the Needs Connection Model™. So welcome to our family- I am so glad you are here! 

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