Upcoming 2018 Trainings in Missouri (Register via PayPal at the bottom of the page) Trainings will be held at Come Play, STL, 3115 S Grand Blvd Suite 224, St. Louis, MO 63118. Trainings are on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 4:00 PM. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. An hour is given for lunch (on your own). There is space to eat in the building and microwaves if needed.
January 19, 2018: Introduction to Play Therapy (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) – 6 CE’s – CORE Curriculum Course This one day training gives participants a core understanding of play therapy and how it can be applied in various settings and populations. Participants will learn:
The difference between directive and non-directive play therapy.
Specific interventions that can be applied to individual, group and family therapy.
Cultural considerations in play therapy.
The historical context behind play therapy.
Approved toys to use in play therapy sessions.
Ways to set up a room for play therapy sessions in a variety of settings.
January 20, 2018: Child-Centered Play Therapy (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) – 6 CE’s– CORE Curriculum Course This one day training will explore the principles of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT). Participants will receive a foundation of Garry Landreth’s model of CCPT for use in both individual and family play therapy sessions. This training will be using a mixture of lecture, video clips and role playing. Participants will learn:
The basic principles of Child-Centered Play Therapy created by Virginia Axline.
Ways to apply limit setting in play therapy sessions.
The recommended toys to use in CCPT sessions.
Ways to engage families in CCPT.
Ways to address typical problems that may arise in a CCPT session
How to identify when a child is ready to terminate from CCPT based play therapy sessions.
February 23-24, 2018: Play Therapy Across the Lifespan(April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) – 12 CE’s - CORE Curriculum Course This two-day training will teach participants how to apply play therapy to young children, teens & adolescents, families, and adults. Participants will learn how to engage these different populations in play therapy and practice various interventions to use in individual, family and group sessions. Specific information on how to address gender and sexual orientation will also be covered. Participants will learn:
The foundation of brain development and its importance in incorporating play therapy with clients.
Techniques to engage adults and teens in play therapy.
How to empower young girls in play therapy.
Ways to identify and address low body confidence in clients.
How to create a play therapy space that promotes brain development.
Ways that adverse childhood events can impede a child’s development.
How to address the disruption trauma causes in a child’s play.
Play therapy interventions to promote sensory integration.
Play therapy interventions to promote social-emotional development.
The benefits of play therapy with adults.
Specific play therapy interventions to use when working with LGBTQ clients.
Ways to engage families in play therapy.
March 9-10, 2018: Attachment in Play Therapy (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) – 12 CE’s - CORE Curriculum Course This two-day training will provide participants with an overview on attachment theory, definitions of different attachment styles, and evidence-based techniques to support clients in the playroom. Several models will be reviewed, including: Theraplay, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, Child Parent Relationship Therapy, and Parent-Child interaction Therapy. Participants will learn:
A variety of evidenced-based ways to work with both clients and their care-givers in the playroom and beyond (ie: homework between sessions).
The theory behind attachment and its effect on children and families.
Different forms of attachment and how it may present in play therapy sessions.
Specific play therapy interventions that can be used in individual, family, and group play therapy sessions.
Ways to address boundaries and apply limit setting for clients with attachment issues.
Theraplay techniques that can be utilized to increase attachment in play therapy sessions.
The importance of learning a caregiver’s history of attachment and how it may effect a child.
Regulation techniques to address attachment issues
Specific homework you can give caregivers to increase their attachment outside of play therapy sessions.
Ways to infuse mindfulness and attachment.
An overview of Child Parent Relationship and it’s effectiveness in increasing attachment.
Learn additional evidence-based interventions to use with families to increase attachment
March 23-24, 2018: Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): a play therapy program for parents (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 12 CE's – SPECIAL Topic This two day training will provide a comprehensive overview to the CPRT 10 week parenting course, an evidenced based play therapy program developed by Garry Landreth and Sue Bratton. Participants will learn:
how the program was developed.
the fundamental play therapy concepts the program teaches parents.
a 10 week breakdown of the information.
easy ways to translate play therapy concepts to parents, so that they can implement the techniques at home with their children.
how to empower parents with skills that will enhance the bond with their children.
ways to increase consistency in the home through the use of Therapeutic Limit Setting
techniques to decrease undesirable behaviors across multiple environments.
how to promote/advertise this 10 week course in the community
ways to promote this parenting program to local agencies
effective methods to present the 10 week course
the importance of using pre and post tests
ways to infuse the CPRT concepts into their own play therapy practice.
*The cost of the training includes: a copy of the CPRT manual, summary sheets on Therapeutic Limit Setting developed by Sarah (easy ways to break it down to staff and families), & a power point of the 10 week course created & used over the years by Sarah Lehman.
April 13-14, 2018: Trauma in Play Therapy (Andrea Bohannon, MA, LPC, RPT-S) – 12 CE’s - CORE Curriculum Course This two-day training will provide attendees with an overview of the different types of trauma, how grief and trauma affects clients of all ages, the impact of trauma on the brain, as well as effective techniques to safely and respectfully support clients through the trauma narrative and healing process. Participants will learn:
The importance of providing clients with trauma-informed play therapy.
Leave with play therapy techniques that support victims of grief and trauma.
Learn specific play therapy interventions that build resiliency in clients of all ages.
Learn the role mindfulness and self-regulation play when working with this population.
Receive an overview of grief and how it affects clients of all ages.
Receive an overview of the different types of trauma and how it affects clients of all ages.
Gain knowledge of how trauma differs from grief .
Review the impact of trauma on the brain.
Review effective techniques to implement with clients in the various stages of the therapeutic process.
Learn effective play therapy techniques to safely & respectfully support clients through the trauma narrative & healing process.
Receive an overview on trauma-informed therapy practices.
Understand the importance of self-care when working with this population.
May 4-5, 2018:Two-Day Sandtray in Play Therapy (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 12 CE's- CORE Curriculum Course This two-day training will give participants a solid foundation for how sand tray is used in play therapy sessions. Extensive time will be spent practicing different techniques. All participants will receive a portable sand tray with sand and a small sand tray miniature collection. Participants will learn:
The difference between Sand Tray vs Sand Play.
How to properly set up sand tray in the play therapy room.
The historical context of sand tray in the play therapy room.
Adequate clinical skills to conduct both directive and non-directive Sandtray sessions with clients of all ages in play therapy.
The importance of symbolism and metaphor through the Sandtray process.
The different categories of sand tray miniatures.
The therapeutic value of sand tray play therapy.
Ways to incorporate sand tray therapy for traveling play therapists.
Learn the guidelines for miniature selections.
How to introduce sand tray and its miniatures to play therapy clients of all ages.
Learn the role of the play therapist when implementing sand tray in play therapy sessions.
Learn how to incorporate sand tray play therapy in a variety of settings including families and groups.
June 15-16, 2018: Two-Day Infusing Art in Play Therapy (Ali Gabel, MA, PLPC) – 12 CE’s - CORE Curriculum Course Have you always wanted to use more art in your play therapy sessions but aren't exactly sure how to use it? Need some extra training on art making techniques? In this course, you will learn creative ways to bring art ethically into your play therapy practice. Over two days, you will learn the difference between Art therapy and Art in Play Therapy, have hands on practice learning numerous art directives to use in play therapy sessions, and will understand how to use those directives to provide best practices to a wide variety of clients. Participants will learn:
Ethical practices of using art in play therapy.
The difference between art therapy and art in play therapy.
How art-making can support play therapy techniques.
How art-making can enhance evidence based practices.
Appropriate art materials to use in play therapy sessions.
The importance of material quality in the playroom.
Art-based directives to use in play therapy sessions.
How to integrate art-making and toys in the playroom.
How to scaffold directives to meet age appropriate needs.
How to use directives to strengthen the parent-child bond in the playroom.
How to use directives to treat behaviors disorders in the playroom.
How to use directives to treat anxiety disorders in the playroom.
June 29-30, 2018: Working in Schools with Play Therapy (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 12 CE's - SPECIAL Topic Interested in learning how to fuse play therapy techniques, with fidelity, into the school day and the school system? This one day training will provide participants with the foundations for conducting play therapy sessions within the school environment for students of all ages, abilities, and need. Time will be spent on the benefits and challenges of working with students during the school day, as well as the importance of collaboration with staff members of other disciplines. Information on the SB-RPT (School-Based Registered Play Therapist) will also be reviewed. Participants will learn:
Learn ways to provide play therapy services within the school system to students of all ages.
Learn how to translate play therapy goals into “school speak”.
Gain ways to involve caregivers in the therapy process.
Understand how to select, not collect, toys.
Be educated on the value in using story stones.
Gain knowledge on how to make the playroom mobile.
Review of the benefits & the challenges of providing play therapy in the school setting
Discuss the importance of collaboration with staff, students, and families
Review ways to advocate & promote play therapy within the school setting to administrators, staff, & families
Learn ways to provide play therapy services within the school setting to students of varying ages and concerns.
Identify potential barriers/challenges to working in the school system (including being mobile).
The differences between Registered Play Therapists vs School Based-Registered Play Therapists.
July 20-21, 2018:Diagnosis, Assessment, & Treatment Planning in Play Therapy (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 12 CE's – CORE Curriculum Course During this two-day training, participants will delve in to how to use play therapy interventions such as board games, puppets and more to guide diagnosis, as well as how to utilize play therapy techniques throughout the assessment process. Hands on experience will be given in constructing and monitoring effective treatment plans. Participants will learn:
Ways to gain “buy in” from clients and caregivers regarding play therapy as an assessment and treatment modality.
How to incorporate play therapy techniques when interviewing clients and caregivers.
The value of thorough assessments.
Creative and effective play therapy techniques to increase the client and the caregivers input into the treatment planning process.
The importance of assessments and how they can guide you towards diagnosis and treatment of a client.
Ways to use games in play therapy sessions to help guide diagnosis.
Common themes in play therapy and what those themes may be communicating to the play therapist.
The specific steps in treatment planning for play therapy.
Specific clinical assessments to use for common diagnosis in children.
Specific books that the play therapist and parents can use to assist with specific diagnosis.
How to make treatment goals specific and measurable.
How to use play and common themes in play to guide you towards diagnosis
August 10, 2018:Superheroes in Play Therapy (Ali Gabel, MA, PLPC) – 6 CE’s – SPECIAL Topic ** Back by popular demand!! ** Participants will leave with an increased understanding how to use superheroes in their play therapy sessions in a meaningful way. Time will be spent on learning and trying different interventions. This training is not only informative but highly interactive. All participants will leave with numerous completed activities and dozens of resources and ideas that they will be able to use immediately with clients of all ages. Participants will learn:
The theoretical constructs behind imaginative play.
How to use superheroes in play therapy to address trauma and anxiety in adolescents and teens.
Effective forms of play therapy using superheroes.
How to recognize personality characteristics client resonate with in their choice of superheroes.
The benefits of integrating superheroes into play therapy.
The difference between anger and aggression.
August 11, 2018:Multiculturalism in Play Therapy (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 6 CE's - CORE Curriculum Course Participants will learn important characteristics of minority populations and ways to engage in them play therapy. Interventions include play therapy games and activities for LGBTQ clients and ways to empower young girls through play. Participants will learn:
Be able to identify different cultural aspects and their applications to play therapy.
Learn specific play therapy interventions that are applicable to various cultures.
Understand the importance of being a culturally competent play therapist.
Learn the importance of different cultural traditions and holidays and their applications to play therapy.
Learn the importance of identity in minority populations.
Enhance their skills in working with a variety of populations including children of military personnel.
August 24, 2018: Ethics in Play Therapy (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 3 CE's – SPECIAL Topic **This 3 hour training meets criteria for licensed social workers in the State of Missouri.** In search of an ethics training that is engaging and informative? This 3 hour training will delve into the role ethics plays in the playroom for clients of all ages. Play Therapy activities will be used to provide a different point of view for attendees. This is not your ordinary, "I'm attending because I have to" training! Join us for a new spin on an old topic. Participants will learn:
Techniques to use while processing ethical situations.
About the changes to the social work code of ethics.
Play therapy techniques to use with clients when addressing ethical concerns
September 14, 2018:Supervision in Play Therapy (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 6 CE's – SPECIAL Topic ** This one day training meets the APT requirements for those pursuing and/or renewing their RPT-S credentials. This training will review easy ways to infuse play therapy techniques into the supervision process to both increase clinical and personal insight. Both those that are in supervision and those providing supervision (clinical and/or staff at work) will benefit from these techniques. Make your supervision time exciting, fun, & thoughtful! Participants will learn:
Effective ways to “find the right match” for the supervision experience.
The value play therapy has in the supervision process for clients.
The value play therapy has in the supervision process for clinicians
Engaging activities that promote clinical growth.
Engaging activities that promote personal growth.
Ideas to address and manage: ethical issues, multiculturalism, personality conflicts, & more.
September 15, 2018:Mindfulness in Play Therapy (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 6 CE's - CORE Curriculum Course Looking to be more present in your professional and personal life? This training is for you! Mindfulness is not just a catch phrase; it is something that can be naturally embedded into daily life for people of all ages! In this one day training, participants will leave with a plan on how to begin implementing mindfulness techniques in their play therapy practice, in their playroom, & in their personal lives. Participants will learn:
An introduction to Mindfulness.
The basic principles of Mindfulness Based Play Therapy
An understanding of how the practice of Mindfulness can impact one’s personal & professional life.
How the use of Mindfulness techniques naturally strengthens one’s play therapy practice.
Evidence based play therapy techniques for clients all ages.
Ways to infuse Mindfulness into the play room.
October 19, 2018: Play Therapy in Private Practice (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) – 6 CE’s - SPECIAL Topic Play Therapy in Private Practice is a training designed to help mental health professionals who are interested in focusing their private practice on play therapy. This training will teach participants how to set up a play therapy office, suggestions on how to implement play therapy in the private practice setting, and ways to infuse evidence based play therapy techniques in all aspects of the therapeutic process. Participants will learn:
Ways to support parents in understanding the benefits of play therapy.
Play Therapy techniques to use during the intake process.
The benefits of incorporating play therapy into parent consultations.
The importance of parent/guardian engagement in the playroom during parts of the play therapy process.
Essential items for the playroom (i.e., toys/supplies).
Ways to set up office space for a playroom, with consideration to different challenges in the private setting (i.e., office space and size).
October 20, 2018: Grief & Bereavement in Play Therapy(April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) – 6 CE’s - SPECIAL Topic This one day training addresses grief and bereavement in children and adolescents. Attendees will leave this training with a better understanding of grief and how play therapy can help clients move towards emotional healing after losing a loved one. Participants will learn:
The stages of grief and how it effects children and adolescents.
Ways to engage families in the healing process.
Specific play therapy interventions to use across the developmental stages.
Cultural considerations in grief and bereavement.
Ways to combine books and play therapy techniques to help address grief.
How to apply trauma focused play therapy techniques to help clients who have witnessed a loved one’s death.
November 9, 2018: Sandtray in Play Therapy 2.0 (Advanced) (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 6 CE's- SPECIAL Topic This one day advanced sandtray training will focus on increasing sandtray processing skills and learning more ways to use sandtray in individual and family therapy sessions. Participants will leave with an increased understanding how to use sand tray in their play therapy sessions in a meaningful way. Time will be spent on learning and trying different interventions. Participants will learn:
Learn applications of mindfulness in sand tray play.
Increase their ability to process sand trays with clients.
Learn how sand tray applications with groups.
Specific interventions with children and adolescents.
Learn how to make their own sand tray miniatures.
Explore different ways to incorporate sand into play therapy interventions
November 10, 2018:Problem Behaviors in Play Therapy (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 6 CE's - CORE Curriculum Course “Wait, what do I do when my client ______?” This one day training will target specific problem behaviors often seen in clients of varying ages and diagnosis both in the playroom and at home. Participants will learn:
Play therapy interventions to gather information from caregivers and clients.
Various play therapy techniques to use to address children with issues surrounding: toileting, hyperactivity and impulsivity, aggression, sexually acting out, sleep, compliance, sibling issues, & more!
Additional ways to increase overall engagement in clients and families.
Simple methods for families and schools to track the concerning behaviors to monitor client progress.
Common disorders associated with problem behaviors in children and adolescents.
Specific art directives that can be applied to problem behaviors in clients.