Utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy to Advocate and Support Transgender and Gender Expansive Children and Adolescents
Play therapists are legally and ethically called to provide affirmative care and support for transgender and gender expansive children, adolescents, and families. Play therapists, whether working in schools, agencies, or private practices, seek to affirm all clients in a supportive and compassionate manner. This presentation will provide clinicians with information and resources for honing skills for advocating and supporting transgender and gender-expansive children and adolescents in multiple settings.
Learning Objectives: After successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- learn what it means to be transgender and gender-expansive.
- evaluate information and resources for growing play therapy skills in this necessary area.
- analyze legal and ethical information specific to their play therapy settings.
- evaluate ways to make their play therapy setting more affirming and supportive.
- identify child centered play therapy skills that are effective for working with transgender and gender-expansive children
- discuss ways to be advocates and allies for transgender and gender-expansive individuals.
2 APT Contact CE | Play Therapy Special Topics
About our presenters: Rebekah Byrd, PhD, LPC, LCMHC, NCC, RPT-S and Sonya Lorelle, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, NCC
Rebekah Byrd is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Director of the Institute for Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Education and Research at Sacred Heart University. Dr. Byrd has been a counselor educator for over 10 years and has almost 20 years of experience working in the mental health field in varying capacities and settings. She currently provides individual counseling in a k-12 virtual academy and in private practice work. Her research specialization falls primarily in issues pertaining to children/adolescent counseling, play therapy, LGBTGEQQIA+ advocacy, school counseling, social justice/multicultural concerns, self-injury, and women’s wellness. She recently co-authored a textbook on counseling children and adolescents. She serves on many national and statewide committees and was recently awarded the Counselor Educator Advocacy Award from the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC).
Sonya Lorelle received her PhD in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University and is Core Faculty at Northwestern University for the online counseling program. Her clinical experience includes working as a counselor at a university counseling center and as a children’s counselor at an agency that provided services to homeless families, serving children ages 3-18 and their parents. She is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor Her interests include play therapy, neurobiology applications in the counseling, and in international counseling and has trained counselors and provided counseling services in Bhutan, India, and Thailand.
NEAPT Members $35; Guests $45 | Limited to 40 participants
VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded CONTACT CE upon successful completion of a post test. Participants must be visible throughout the presentation. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours.
NEAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 02-123. NEAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph (screen shot), video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote NEAPT.
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than December 1, 2021. Cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee. Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to another training date may be requested. No refunds or partial refunds after December 1, 2021.
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