Advancing the Therapeutic Powers of Play

Upcoming Events

    • 7 Oct 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    Polyvagal in the Playroom

    One of the most powerful and dynamic factors in play therapy is the relationship between therapist and child. Transference and countertransference can contribute to growth or a resistance to change in play therapy. Following Polyvagal Theory, the therapist lends his or her feelings, focus, and environment to the child during play therapy, which can facilitate the healing environment required for post-traumatic growth. Each child and therapist bring themselves, past experiences with play, and their own reactions to trauma experiences into the play therapy space. The therapist must be in tune with factors that may constrain the client’s ability to fully express themselves through play and heal, which can lead to a stuck feeling. If the child’s needs can be authentically and safely expressed, these same factors can be the mechanism that enriches the play therapy experience and lead towards further recovery and integration. Play therapy strategies will be selected for remaining present and emotionally regulated in order to create a safe, co-regulated environment rich for post-traumatic growth in play therapy.    

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

    1. Discuss the power of transference and countertransference in the play therapy relationship 
    2. Analyze their own relationship with play and discuss how this affects their relationships with their play therapy clients 
    3. Apply strategies to remain present and emotionally regulated as the therapist in order to effectively provide coregulation in play therapy sessions

    2 APT Non-Contact CE | Play Therapy Special Topics

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

    About our presenter: Nikolaus Johnson, MS, LPC, Registered Play Therapist, EMDR Consultant has been a private practice counselor at the Center for Counseling and Family Relationships since 2017. He works with children aged (4+), adolescents, and adults, specializing in complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy. Previously Nik worked at an agency in Missouri providing play therapy to children in the foster care system. He offers continuing education to professionals especially within the topics of working with developmental trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy.

    NEAPT Members $40; Guests $50 | 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 September 9, 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 September 9, 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.

    • 18 Nov 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    History and Theory of Play Therapy

    Our play therapy predecessors guided the play therapy field and educated future play therapists in skill, theory, and technique. The history of play therapy and its development over the years is an integral part of the novice play therapists’ education. Additionally, the theoretical underpinnings of play therapy work are critical to practitioners developing a sound foundation leading to successful play therapy engagement with clients. This workshop will explore the history of play therapy and the theories we use to cultivate a well-rounded play therapy practice.    

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

    1. Describe the history and progression of play therapy
    2. Explain the basic fundamentals of play therapy
    3. Identify at least 5 seminal play therapy theoretical approaches and apply these theories to case examples
    4. Create a personal theoretical foundation of play therapy for use in practice

    3 APT Non-Contact CE | Play Therapy History

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

    About our presenter: Juliet Fortino, MC, LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™ works with Children and Families involved with Department of Child Safety and the various child mental health agencies in the Tucson community in a private practice setting. She has 25 years experience working with child trauma, abuse, attachment, and play therapy. She currently uses play therapy in individual and family therapy to help children heal from their previous traumas. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages, including the 0-5 age group. Juliet speaks locally and nationally on a variety of play therapy topics.

    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 1, 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 1, 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

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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