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NEAPT 2022 Annual Conference

  • 13 May 2022
  • 5:00 PM
  • 14 May 2022
  • 4:30 PM
  • Lake Morey Resort, 82 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, VT 05045


  • Early Registration for Friday Only - Choice of Session #1, #2 or #3
  • Early Registration for Friday - Choice of Session #1, #2 or #3 - and Saturday.
  • Early Registration for Saturday Only
  • Early Registration for Friday Only - Choice of Session #1, #2 or #3
  • Early Registration for Saturday Only
  • Friday Dinner Buffet
    Friday Dessert Reception
    Saturday Breakfast Buffet
    Saturday Lunch

    No refunds. Cannot be purchased onsite.
  • Early Registration for Friday - Choice of Session #1, #2 or #3 - and Saturday.
  • Early Registration for Friday - Choice of Session #1, #2 or #3. Student must present valid school ID or proof of enrollment in 12+ credit hours for the semester
  • Friday Choice of Session #1, #2 or #3 and Saturday Session. Student must present valid school ID or proof of enrollment in 12+ credit hours for the semester
  • Early Registration Saturday. Student must present valid school ID or proof of enrollment in 12+ credit hours for the semester

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NEAPT 2022 Annual Conference

May 13-14, 2022 | Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT

Kick-Off on Friday, May 13th | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wondering how to get your work published, or how to start presenting? Join Mary Anne Peabody, EdD, LCSW, RPT-S and Julie Nash, PhD, RPT-S for a panel discussion to kick off the annual conference! We will discuss avenues for publication, presenting, and poster sessions and be available to answer questions you might have about these steps. As seasoned writers and presenters at the local, national, and international levels, Mary Anne and Julie will describe options for publishing and presenting, and help you understand your potential paths!

Friday, May 13th | 6:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. - Choose One Session

Session 1: When the Silent Speak: Play Therapy with Children with Selective Mutism, a Case Study Wendy Monahan, MS, RPT-S, Licensed School Counselor

Imagine feeling paralyzed with fear. Imagine needing to relive that terror day after day, with no end in sight. Children with selective mutism often face this recurring nightmare as they go to school day after day. School is a land of the speaking. Thriving in this land can be challenging for those who feel that talking is not a choice. Play therapy is a recognized and effective modality for working with children with selective mutism.

Children with selective mutism typically have an extreme fear of speaking in social situations and feel paralyzed by this fear. As these children feel so unsafe in social situations, they use silence to gain a sense of control and safety. Play therapy is uniquely suited to working with these needs. Join us as we explore one boy’s journey through fear. As we travel this road together, we will learn more about selective mutism, strategies for setting goals, and how play therapy can help. Foundational | Play Therapy Special Topics

Participants will be able to…

  1. identify 3 of 5 characteristics of a child with selective mutism that could be seen in play therapy;  
  2. identify 3 ways to scaffold goals in play therapy with a child with selective mutism; 
  3. identify 3 ways play therapy can support children with selective mutism. 

Session 2: Developmental Trauma: Using Play, Play Therapy, and Family Therapy to Address the WHAT and HOW of it ALL! Laura L. Langston, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S

This workshop will introduce participants to Developmental Trauma and by using family play therapy methods to support families raising kids from hard places. We will begin by discussing how neglect interferes with attachment and what happens emotionally, physically, and neurologically to hinder a child’s ability to build trusting relationships. Play therapy is exceptionally well-suited in finding playful ways to encourage and increase connection within the family system. The presenter will include time sharing interventions and playful 'ways of being,' using play therapy techniques that promote less rejection and more connectionFoundational | Play Therapy Special Topics

Participants will be able to…

  1. identify play therapy methods to identify the Domains of Impairment in children who have experienced chronic neglect. 
  2. identify at least 2 play therapy interventions to promote structure and hierarchy in reinforcing attachment and sustaining relationships. 
  3. identify at least 3 ways to support and encourage parents of children with Developmental Trauma Disorder, using play therapy interventions.

Session 3. Sanctuary and Self-Care for Supervision: Mindfulness, Nature, Creativity and Play  Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

The past two years have brought about tremendous changes, stressors, and challenges. As play therapists and supervisors we are not immune to these and may often be more subject to due to providing care and comfort to others. Many play therapy supervisees are feeling overwhelmed and reaching out to supervisors for needed support. As supervisors navigate their own personal and professional experiences, as well as tend to the needs of play therapy supervisees, some may be closer to burnout, compassion fatigue and/or vicarious trauma than any other time in their careers. In this supervision session, we will explore and experience how mindfulness, nature, creativity and play as part of sanctuary and self-care for play therapists and play therapist supervisors can not only help restore balance, but also renew the spirit and soothe the soul. By having our “cups full” we can better assist our play therapy supervisees to do so as well.

Participants will be able to…

  1. Cite at least two reasons sanctuary and self-care are needed as ethical practice as a play therapist/play therapist supervisor.
  2. Describe at least three essential components for self-care as a play therapist/play therapist supervisor.
  3. Conceptualize the importance of sanctuary and self-care for play therapists/play therapist supervisors in combating burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma.
  4. Engage in at least three play-based self-care activities that can be used in play therapist supervision.

Saturday, May 14th | 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Nature Play Therapy for a Double-Dose of Healing   Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Play therapy modalities and approaches generally involve an indoor playroom with specifically selected toys, by which a play therapist holds the healing space for clients to do their therapeutic work via play. Nature Play Therapy is a modality in which the play therapist can literally go outside with the child, teen or family with nature as the playground utilizing various "toys" discovered such as sticks, stones, leaves, mud, feathers and more. With these, imaginative play can blossom where a stick can be a sword, a broom, a magic wand, or any number of things that the child might choose. Messy play, risky play, and other types of stimulating play often thrive in an outdoor environment. Nature’s toys can also be brought inside the playroom to be used in play therapy sessions, as well as utilized virtually for telemental health. This six-hour presentation will provide an overview of Nature Play Therapy as a burgeoning model with extensive roots that can be integrated with various modalities of play therapy including Child-Centered Play Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy and more. Various forms of NaturePlay will be explored that can be incorporated in play therapy as well as prescribed by play therapists in-between sessions for continued growth and resilience. Grounded in the therapeutic powers of play, including positive emotions, self-esteem and self-regulation, combined with nature’s well-researched curative benefits, Nature Play Therapy offers a double-dose of healing! Participants are encouraged to gather some nature items (picked-up rather than picked) and bring to use for experiential activities. 

Participants will be able to…

  1. Describe Nature Deficit Disorder and how this may affect children presenting for play therapy.
  2. State at least three healing benefits of nature as provided from the research presented.
  3. Cite at least three therapeutic powers of play that are often part of Nature Play Therapy.
  4. Review at least three of the Twelve C's of Nature Play Therapy.
  5. Identify at least two safety considerations for implementing Nature Play Therapy outdoors.
  6. Participate in at least two experiential NaturePlay activities that can be utilized indoors or outside as part of Nature Play Therapy.

For CE, participants will need to download the form by clicking here, complete and mail to ICE with payment of $25.


Friday, May 13, 2022

3:00 p.m. Registration

4:00 p.m. Kick-off Panel Discussion

5:00 p.m. Dinner 

6:00 p.m. Sessions Begin (Choice of #1, #2, or #3)

9:00 p.m. Dessert Reception with Exhibitors 

10:00 p.m. Reception Concludes 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Coffee

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m. Session Begins

10:00 a.m. Break with Exhibitors

10:15 a.m. Session Continues 

12:00 p.m. Lunch & Annual Meeting

1:00 p.m. Session Continues

2:30 p.m. Break with Exhibitors

2:45 p.m. Session Continues

4:30 p.m. Conference Concludes

HANDOUTS: In an effort to reduce paper waste and be more “green,” our policy is to email all handouts. Please include a valid email address with your registration to receive the handouts.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: At NEAPT, your safety is a priority. As NEAPT moves forward with producing live meetings and conferences, we will continue to monitor the continually evolving guidance released by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as all federal, state, and local government mandates, to provide an environment that is as safe as possible for all event participants. By participating in person, I agree to follow the meeting’s health and safety policiesAttendees of NEAPT events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19 and its variants, and are advised to undertake precautions deemed necessary, to include those recommended by the CDC and the State of Vermont.

NEAPT will provide hand sanitizers and will allow for social distancing; masks are optional. Let us know if you need something to make you feel more comfortable.

PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for this conference, you are giving permission for NEAPT to use any photographs that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as NEAPT deems appropriate and desirable. Photographs may be used on the NEAPT website, social media pages, and/or newsletter for any purpose. By completing the registration, you are also consenting to waive any rights to the photographs indefinitely. If you do not wish to have your photo used, it is your responsibility to notify registration of your request to be omitted.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than April 3, 2022. Cancellations are subject to $35 processing fee. No refunds after April 4, 2022. Substitutions (allowing another person to attend in your place) may be made in writing for no additional cost. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.  

HOTEL INFORMATION: Lake Morey Resort, 82 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, VT 05045. Attendees are responsible to make hotel reservations. The hotel number is 802-333-4311. Please mention NEAPT Conference when making reservations. Website:

New England Association for Play Therapy: NEAPT is a professional organization striving to advance the theory and practice of play therapy through activities such as conferences, seminars, and networking in order to serve the mental health needs of Michigan children, families, schools and communities. For more information on the Conference visit our website at

EXHIBITS: Books and therapeutic materials will be on display and available for sale Friday & Saturday. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION: This program is co-sponsored, by the New England Association for Play Therapy and The Institute for Continuing Education.   The Conference offers a total of 9.00 contact hours (3.00 hrs. for May 13, 2022; 6.00 hrs. for May 14, 2022).  

Continuing education credit is awarded on a daily basis, with full attendance required for the days attended. The CE processing fee is $25.00, to be paid by participants who wish to submit application for CE credit for their participation in the program. Application forms and other required CE materials will be available for download for submission to The Institute for Continuing Education. If you have questions regarding the program, continuing education learning objectives, faculty, contact The Institute at: 800-557-1950 / email:

NOTE: To receive continuing education credit, applicants must complete all CE materials, sign in/out at designated locations, and submit an evaluation form for the sessions attended. 

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

NOTE: The program workshops do not offer “ethics” hours.  CE credit is not academic and may not be used toward fulfillment of a degree.

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

New York: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0043  

Counseling: For counselors seeking CE credit, The Institute for Continuing Education will submit a co-sponsorship application to NBCC for this program.

New York: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.  Provider MHC-0016.

Social Work: Application for social work continuing education credit has been submitted. This website will be updated regarding approval.  

New York: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, Provider SW-0025.

New Jersey: This program will NOT be submitted for pre-approval for New Jersey social workers.

Marriage/Family Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is a recognized provider of continuing education by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for MFT, Provider MFT-0012. 

Massachusetts: This program has not been pre-approved for MA MFTs. 

Play Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. APT Provider 98-040. 

Non-U.S. Professionals: The Institute for Continuing Education holds no CE provider status with any Canadian or other Non-U.S. licensing/certification boards. It is your responsibility to check the regulations of your licensing/certification board to determine CE requirements for training activities.

Ethics Hours / Academic Credit: This program offers no “ethics hours”. This program is not “academic” credit and CE hours awarded are not eligible toward fulfillment of a degree.    

Non-Credit Events: Breakfast, lunch, reception events, committee/business meetings, networking sessions

Skills Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced. Attendees are urged to review the session descriptions to determine appropriateness for professional and personal needs.

Instructional Methodology: May include lecture, demonstration, audio/visual, experiential practice of techniques, case examples, large and small group discussion.

ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact Woody Belt at

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