Advancing the Therapeutic Powers of Play

Upcoming Events

    • 27 Aug 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Co-Regulation in Play Therapy: Harnessing the Power of Relational Neuroscience to Improve Your Practice

    Relational Neuroscience offers play therapists an important framework for understanding the brain in the context of relationships, bringing greater understanding about why play therapy works. This presentation will review current research in Relational Neuroscience and the ways in which play therapists can utilize this knowledge to confidently lean into allowing the relationship to facilitate the power of play therapy.   

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

      1. demonstrate an understanding of brain development when working with play therapy clients and how this relates to their play therapy client.
      2. explain how to use co-regulation as a building block to self-regulation in the play therapy room and articulate why children with a history of complex trauma need an increased amount of presence and co-regulation in play therapy.
      3. apply treatment interventions that focus on connection and co-regulation with play therapy clients.
      4. demonstrate ways to work with parents to increase their capacity for connection and co-regulation with play therapy clients and in the playroom.

      3 APT Contact CE | Play Therapy Special Topics | Intermediate Level

      About our presenters: Robin Wiley, LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor has worked in a variety of settings including Residential Treatment programs as a mobile play therapist to children who had witnessed domestic violence to currently working for a local CSB and d she owns HeartSpace Counseling in Roanoke, VA. Heartspace is a group practice providing quality services to children, adolescents and their families.

      Sarah Harig, LPC, Registered Play Therapist™ currently works as a counselor at Family Service of Roanoke Valley in Roanoke, VA, a providing services to children, adolescents, and families. She also serves as the VAPT Roanoke and New River Valley Chapter Co-Chair as well as Secretary of VAPT. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Counselor Education Department at Radford University.

      NEAPT Members $45; Guests $55 | 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 3 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 August 5, 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 August 5, 2021.

      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.

      • 17 Sep 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual
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      High Conflict Divorce: Understanding the Whole Picture

      Play therapists, because of their work with children, are often put in the position of maneuvering through parental conflict and high conflict divorces. At times, play therapists may be called as witnesses within custody disputes. Therefore, it is vital that play therapists are aware of how to successfully, therapeutically, and ethically maneuver the system to endeavor to act in the child's best interest. This presentation will explore the various roles play therapists may be called to fill and the other stakeholders that are likely to be involved in high conflict divorce cases. The presenter will also discuss how play therapists uphold their ethical duties to the child by remaining neutral and not succumbing to confirmation bias. As a play therapist, attorney and Guardian ad Litem, Dr. Etheridge will also explore how play therapists can gain confidence in their various roles within these difficult, yet common cases. 

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

      1. differentiate between the different roles play therapists may be called to fill or engage with during involved in cases of high parental conflicts.
      2. identify which of the roles often asked of Play Therapists they are comfortable and competent to perform.
      3. explore the confirmation bias, and how play therapists can protect against it when working with child clients.

      2 APT Contact CE | Play Therapy Special Topics

      About our presenter: S. Lynn Etheridge is both an attorney and a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a PhD in Counselor Education. She is a Registered Play Therapist who has been working with children since 2002. During that time, she became aware of the difficulties that can occur when children have to be involved in the court system. The awareness of this issue is what inspired her to become a Registered Play Therapist and then to continue with her education, earning a PhD in Counselor Education, basing her dissertation on mental health professionals in courtrooms. She also participated in the training offered by the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL in Forensic Interviewing. She sees assisting children caught in high conflict custody situations as a social justice issue and is very grateful to be included as a presenter!.

      NEAPT Members $35; Guests $40 | 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 September 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 September 1, 2021.

      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.

      • 5 Nov 2021
      • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual
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      Nuts and Bolts of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy

      This training will explore the foundations of cognitive behavioral play therapy (CBPT), applying the basic tenants of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to play therapy sessions. CBT is historically an empirically supported approach yet is often challenged regarding its effectiveness when working with children. This training will identify common misconceptions regarding Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy while applying developmental theory to work with children and adolescents.   

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

      1.  Describe CBPT core concepts and structure of CBPT session
      2.  Identify three myths of CBT and how related to CBPT
      3.  Discuss and apply developmental theory and considerations when using CBPT with children and adolescents

      3 APT Contact CE | Seminal or Historically Significant Theories

      About our presenter: Lisa Remey MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, and Institute of Play Therapy Certified Sandtray Therapist specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families on a variety of issues such as transitions, self-esteem, military lifestyle, and parent coaching. Her private practice, Bluebonnet Center for Play Therapy, is in New Braunfels, Texas. She has a passion for play therapy and presents nationally and internationally.

      NEAPT Members $45; Guests $55 | 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 3 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 October 22, 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 October 22, 2021.

      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

    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 - Continuing Education
    29 Oct 2020 NEAPT Virtual Conference: Session 1 - Circles and Sticks: Foundational Basics of Play Therapy
    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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