Advancing the Therapeutic Powers of Play

Upcoming Events

    • 9 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    Basic Principles of Drama Therapy for Play Therapists

    There is an overlap between the expressive therapies of play and drama. Very often, play therapists are utilizing dramatic play such as role-playing, pretend play, and physical play with children. This workshop will provide a framework for understanding the basic underpinnings of drama therapy, especially as it relates to (and informs) play therapy. The presenters will provide a number of ideas for engaging families in dramatic play that includes mirroring, movement, and creative imagination, and you will be encouraged to try out these activities in order to deepen their potential for therapeutic use. A brief didactic presentation will inform you about the long tradition and history of drama therapy and applications with different populations and problems. This workshop is highly experiential and active.    

    Learning Objectives: After successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    1. List three principles of drama therapy which resonates with play therapy;
    2. Define the term drama therapy and pinpoint the most relevant foundational principle;
    3. List three drama therapy techniques that can be used with children and families.

    3 APT Non-Contact CE | Play Therapy Skills & Methods, Play Therapy Special Topics

    This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

    About our presenters: Teresa Dias, LPC, Registered Play Therapist has an undergraduate degree in expressive therapies from Lesley University in MA where she also earned her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in drama therapy. She is a licensed mental health counselor in MA (LMHC) and Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia (LPC). She pursued additional training in play therapy and is a registered play therapist (RPT). Her work experience has been both with children, families, and adults. She worked with Eliot Community Human Services in their outpatient clinic, with at-risk youth and their families. Also through Eliot, she was placed in several k-8 public schools and provided school-based play therapy. Most recently, she worked with Ellenhorn, a private community integration program for adults with mental illness. Throughout these work settings, she has prioritized expressive therapies, such as art, sand, and drama therapy and worked with children and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Teresa also has a special interest in attachment theory and promoting healthy parent-child attachment and towards that end became a certified Circle of Security Parent Educator, as well as a Theraplay level 1 practitioner. Both techniques promote responsive attunement between children and their caregivers.

    Eliana Gil, PhD, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™, ATR is a Founding Partner of Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education, LLC, a group private practice in Fairfax, Virginia.  She is currently semi-retired and resides in Florida where she provides consulting, supervision, and parent coaching on-line.  In addition, Dr. Gil sponsors the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Institute in VA in the spring, and she provides several trainings during the year through Starbright Training Institute in Virginia. She is an Approved MFT Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and Registered Art Therapist.  She is also a Circle of Security Certified Parenting Educator, a Level II Theraplay provider, and participated and completed a two-year individual certification process with Dr. Bruce Perry.  In the last two decades Eliana has directed two child sexual abuse treatment programs in Northern Virginia (Inova Kellar Center and Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia) and she has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment for the last forty-nine years. She is a licensed Marriage, Family, Child Counselor who received her doctorate in family therapy from the California Graduate School of Family Psychology in San Rafael, California. She is also a former President of the Association for Play Therapy and received APT’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

    NEAPT Members $50; Guests $60 | Limited to 50 participants

    VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded NON-CONTACT CE upon successful completion of a post test. Participants must be visible throughout the presentation. This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

    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 November 15, 2022. 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 November 15, 2022.

    By registering for this training, you are giving NEAPT permission to add your email to our email list and you are giving permission for NEAPT to use any photographs or screenshots that are taken during the event containing your likeness for promotional purposes.

    • 27 Jan 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    Becoming an External Regulator for Trauma Integration in Play Therapy

    Research in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology sheds light on the need for the therapist to act as the external regulator supporting the play therapy client to move towards the intensity they are experiencing allowing for integration.  This workshop explores this need during trauma integration in play therapy for two primary reasons: 

    1. Clients need to borrow the therapist’s regulatory capacity as they work through their traumatic thoughts, feelings and sensations in play therapy and, 
    2. The therapist’s ability to regulate themselves during the intensity increases the capacity for presence and attunement with the client, while simultaneously supporting the health and longevity of their own nervous system.

    Without the ability of the therapist to become the external regulator for the intensity that arises during trauma integration in play therapy, both the client and the therapist are at risk for emotional flooding and high levels of dysregulation in their nervous systems.  Over time, this can significantly impact a therapist’s longevity in the field, as well as the ability to stay attuned and present to a client in sessions.

    Learning Objectives: After successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the 4 major perceived threats of the brain that are present as play therapy clients explore dysregulated states in the playroom. 
    2. Define what regulation is and how this understanding impacts the play therapist’s ability to co-regulate during intense play.
    3. Identify 2 things a play therapist can do to develop the capacity to become an external regulator during play therapy sessions.

      3 APT Non-Contact CE | Play Therapy Special Topics

      This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

      About our presenter: Judith Norman, MA, MS, LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™ is an educator, trainer, coach, and clinical supervisor. She is a co-founder and the lead trainer at the Synergetic Education Institute. She is licensed as both a Professional and a School Counselor. Judith is a registered play therapist supervisor and is a certified synergetic play therapy® supervisor and teacher.

      NEAPT Members $50; Guests $60 | Limited to 50 participants

      VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded NON-CONTACT CE upon successful completion of a post test. Participants must be visible throughout the presentation. This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

      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 31, 2022. 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 31, 2022.

      By registering for this training, you are giving NEAPT permission to add your email to our email list and you are giving permission for NEAPT to use any photographs or screenshots that are taken during the event containing your likeness for promotional purposes.

    Past events

    18 Nov 2022 History and Theory of Play Therapy
    7 Oct 2022 Polyvagal in the Playroom
    10 Jun 2022 History and Theory of Gestalt Play Therapy
    13 May 2022 NEAPT 2022 Annual Conference
    13 May 2022 NEAPT 2022 Annual Conference EXHIBITOR & SPONSOR REGISTRATION
    29 Apr 2022 Filial Play Therapy
    18 Mar 2022 Core Attachment Therapy©: Secure Attachment for the Adopted Child - A Prescriptive Play Therapy Approach
    3 Mar 2022 Introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy
    17 Feb 2022 Sensory Processing in Play Therapy
    28 Jan 2022 Exploring Relationships through Play Therapy Techniques
    17 Dec 2021 Utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy to Advocate and Support Transgender and Gender Expansive Children and Adolescents
    5 Nov 2021 Nuts and Bolts of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
    1 Oct 2021 Adlerian Play Therapy through a Neurobiology Lens
    17 Sep 2021 High Conflict Divorce: Understanding the Whole Picture
    27 Aug 2021 Co-Regulation in Play Therapy: Harnessing the Power of Relational Neuroscience to Improve Your Practice
    29 Jun 2021 Why You Playin’- Using Play to Empower and Build Self-Esteem with Girls
    15 Jun 2021 School-Based Play Therapy: Responding to Children’s Disruptive Behaviors
    13 May 2021 Play Therapy and Children with Disabilities: Going Out on a Limb
    27 Apr 2021 Utilizing Reality Play Therapy to Explore a Child's Quality World
    26 Mar 2021 Supervision of Play Therapy with Traumatized Children
    24 Feb 2021 Looking Deeper into the Presenting Problem: Practicing Cultural Humility in the Play Therapy Setting
    22 Jan 2021 Bibliotherapy: A Play Therapy Approach
    12 Nov 2020 Addressing Grief and Loss in the Play Room
    31 Oct 2020 NEAPT Virtual Conference: Session 5 - Let’s Play (Therapy) Outside!
    30 Oct 2020 NEAPT Virtual Conference: Session 4 - Core Attachment Therapy©: Secure Attachment for the Adopted Child – A Prescriptive Play Therapy Process
    30 Oct 2020 NEAPT Virtual Conference: Session 3 - Playful Supervision Skills for All Levels…Basics and Beyond!
    29 Oct 2020 NEAPT Virtual Conference: Session 2 - Identifying and Utilizing the Therapeutic Powers of Play in Play Therapy
    29 Oct 2020 NEAPT Virtual Conference: Session 1 - Circles and Sticks: Foundational Basics of Play Therapy
    29 Oct 2020 NEAPT Virtual Conference - Continuing Education
    30 Sep 2020 Play Therapy Skills for Building Resiliency with Military Families
    28 Aug 2020 Integrating Play Therapy with EMDR
    7 Aug 2020 Digital Play Therapy
    16 Jul 2020 Playful Ways to Help Children with Anxiety and Anger
    17 Jun 2020 A Play Therapy Approach to Attachment-Disrupted Children
    23 Nov 2019 Movie Day: It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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