2017 APT Annual Conference Recordings


Minneapolis, MN, October 2017, 18 Workshops Available

Earn non-contact continuing education credit by completing tests based upon the sessions listed below.

  • Choose from either the entire conference package or individual workshops.
  • Price includes PowerPoint slides, presenter audio, and CE fee. Handout material not included.


Continuing Education



APA. The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.





NBCC. The Association for Play Therapy (APT) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5636. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. APT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



APT. The Association for Play Therapy (APT) offers continuing education specific to play therapy. APT Approved Provider 95-100 maintains responsibility for the program.


Standard: $499.00

Sessions

Neurobiology of Play-Why Play Therapy Matters


Identification: Tu-5

Credits: None available.

Participants will be exposed to the literature on the neurobiology behind play which will provide a framework for advocating for, and supporting their play therapy practice with parents and other professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the stimulus and reward system of the brain and the role play therapy plays in activating that system.
  • Identify at least 6 developmental goals that play therapy facilitates.
  • Utilize information presented in the session to present to parents, caregivers, and other concerned professionals about the neurobiological research that supports play therapy practice.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
  • Kim Vander Dussen, PsyD, RPT-S, Professor of Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Standard: $59.00

The Neurobiological Properties that Foster Psychological Healing and Development in Jungian Sandplay


Identification: Tu-6

Credits: None available.

This workshop examines the neurobiological components involved in the Sandplay, and how they work to change psychological functioning in the play therapy process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the neurological systems activated by work in Sandplay.
  • Express the neurological reasons behind the absence of interpretation of the trays to the client.
  • Describe how working with the hands in the sand can result in improved language skills.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Seminal / Historically Significant Theories
  • Skills and Methods
  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
Standard: $59.00

Brain Structure and Function in Play Therapy: Interview, Assessment, and Treatment Planning


Identification: W-1

Credits: None available.

The workshop reviews brain structure, organization, integration, and mediation of function. These concepts are essential to play therapists’ clinical interviews identifying cognitive, emotional, and physiological symptomatology. This process is crucial to the formation of sequentially appropriate, trauma informed treatment plans.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define key neurobiological concepts critical to play therapy work.
  • List functional indicators of children suffering from social emotional maltreatment.
  • List key neurobiological concepts critical to intervention design.
  • Identify important developmental play and attachment activities impacting specific brain regions.
  • Describe brain region activities appropriate for play therapy and a therapeutic web of treatment.
  • Develop a play therapy protocol listing dosing, social ratios, and play activities for therapists, family, and community partners.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
Standard: $99.00

Multi-Cultural Play TherapyMulti-Cultural Play Therapy

Preview Available

Multi-Cultural Play Therapy


Identification: W-7

Credits: None available.

This interactive workshop allows play therapists to expand their knowledge about multicultural play therapy. The workshop provides supportive structure for self-reflection on multicultural play therapy. Shared experience and research will support the participants' multicultural practice with children and families.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how their own cultural background may impact their views of play, play therapy, and the populations they serve.
  • Describe at least 3 examples of how culture may impact help-seeking behaviors as well as investment in play therapy.
  • Apply at least 3 practical strategies to create a playroom and play therapy experience that is inviting and appropriate for a multi-cultural setting.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
Standard: $39.00

Kids and Teens in Court: A Play Therapy Approach to Court Preparation and Education


Identification: W-8

Credits: None available.

This workshop provides an overview of the Kids in Court program at the Chadwick Center, and gives participants play therapy intervention ideas for how to educate and support children who will be testifying in court.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe at least three common fears and anxieties associated with the testifying experience.
  • Describe the basic elements of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and its application to court preparation.
  • Demonstrate at least 2 play therapy interventions to effectively prepare children and teens to testify with a greater sense of empowerment.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
Standard: $39.00

The Triple Threat: Helping Caregivers Hold Children's Hard Stories When Trauma, Anxiety, and Attachment Intersect


Identification: Th-2

Credits: None available.

Learn how to use play therapy to increase felt safety within a family, work with attachment anxiety within a dyad, craft coherent narratives of hard things, and help parents and children become a team to fight trauma based anxiety together.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify two patterns of "miscuing" that occur in dyads with less secure attachment.
  • Describe three Theraplay activities that can help parents and children practice more accurate cuing patterns in relationship.
  • Identify three play therapy techniques, grounded in expressive arts, that can help children and their caregivers create trauma narratives.
  • Describe two expressive arts activity that can help parents in therapy/ clinicians in supervision reflect on their own attachment history.
  • List three criteria to use when assessing whether or not a parent is currently a safe enough container to hold the child's trauma narrative
  • Describe the six co-regulation strategies encoded in the acronym SOOTHE

This training is NOT eligible for supervisor training hours.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Seminal / Historically Significant Theories
  • Skills and Methods
  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
Standard: $99.00

Top 12 Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Working with Teens and Tweens


Identification: Th-4

Credits: None available.

Working with teens and tweens can be a challenge! We will share our Top 12 Creative Play Therapy Interventions for working with some of the most common challenges for troubled teens and teens. Come prepared to play!

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss four common challenges facing teens and tweens.
  • Utilize one appropriate creative intervention for each challenge discussed facing teens and tweens.
  • Demonstrate four creative play therapy interventions for teens and tweens.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
Standard: $59.00

The Twenty Minute Miracle: Play Therapy in a School Setting


Identification: Th-7

Credits: None available.

Learn to navigate the challenges of school settings while using play therapy to build social skills and coping strategies in children. Participants will practice techniques and work within metaphors, before leaving energized and ready to engage in new, creative ways.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a time and space where small group and individual counseling can happen in a school setting.
  • Articulate to parents, teachers and school administrators the concept of metaphors as they apply to play therapy.
  • Demonstrate two play therapy techniques to be used with small groups in a school setting.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
  • Wendy Monahan, MS, School Counselor, RPT-S, School Counselor, Stowe Elementary School
Standard: $59.00

Play Therapy and Family Assessments


Identification: Th-8

Credits: None available.

Using play therapy in family assessments welcomes children, as well as their parents, into the therapeutic relationship. Play therapy interventions will be introduced to look specifically at the family dynamics of hierarchy, power and control, boundaries and alliances.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss why play therapy is important in the assessment phase of family therapy.
  • Discuss hierarchy in the family setting.
  • Demonstrate at least 3 play therapy interventions that can be used in the assessment phase of family therapy.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
Standard: $59.00

Come to Your Senses - We All Have Them! Play Therapy Applications for Sensory Processing Challenges


Identification: Th-10

Credits: None available.

This presentation covers the fundamentals of sensory processing disorder, as well as other sensory-related disorders. Specific play therapy interventions are introduced to address the unique needs of children that experience sensory concerns. Neurobiologically informed treatment conceptualization and planning is reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe an overview of sensory processing disorder (SPD), and other related sensory-related disorders through a neurobiologically informed lens.
  • Use 3-4 treatment goals for this unique population and practice 4-5 play therapy techniques/interventions that address sensory needs.
  • Apply skills to communicate to parents the therapeutic necessity of utilizing sensory-based modalities, such as play therapy and sandtray therapy, for their children with sensory processing dysfunction.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:

  • Special Topics

Speaker(s):
Standard: $59.00
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