Here is a list of upcoming trainings for 2017. (Register via PayPal at the bottom of the page) All trainings are being held at Family Forward (formerly: Children's Home Society), located at: 1167 Corporate Lake Dr, St. Louis, MO 63132. Trainings are on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 4:30 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.
July 14-15, 2017: Working in Schools with Play Therapy (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 12 CE's Interested in learning how to fuse play therapy techniques, with fidelity, into the school day and the school system? This 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: 1. Ways to provide play therapy services within the school system to students of all ages 2. How to translate play therapy goals into “school speak” 3. Ways to involve care-givers in the therapy process 4. Ways to select, not collect, toys 5. How to make the playroom mobile August 12, 2017: Play Therapy in Private Practice (April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 6 CE's 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: 1. Ways to support parents in understanding the benefits of play therapy 2. Play Therapy techniques to use during the intake process 3. The benefits of incorporating play therapy into parent consultations 4. The importance of parent/guardian engagement in the playroom during parts of the play therapy process 5. Essential items for the playroom (ie: toys & supplies) 6. Ways to set up office space for a playroom, with consideration to different challenges in the private setting (i.e office space and size) August 25-26, 2017: Diagnosis, Assessment, & Treatment Planning in Play Therapy(April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 12 CE's 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: 1. Ways to gain “buy in” from clients and care givers regarding play therapy as an assessment and treatment modality 2. How to incorporate play therapy techniques when interviewing clients and caregivers 3. The value of thorough assessments 4. Creative and effective play therapy techniques to increase the client and the caregivers input into the treatment planning process
September 22, 2017: Mindfulness in Play Therapy (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 6 CE's 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! 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: 1. An introduction to Mindfulness. 2. An understanding of how the practice of Mindfulness can impact one’s personal & professional life. 3. How the use of Mindfulness techniques naturally strengthens one’s play therapy practice. 4. Evidence based play therapy techniques for clients all ages! 5. Ways to infuse Mindfulness into the play room.
September 23, 2017: Supervision in Play Therapy (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 6 CE's ** 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: 1. Effective ways to “find the right match” for the supervision experience 2. The value play therapy has in the supervision process for both clients and clinicians 3. Engaging activities that promote both clinical and personal growth 4. Ideas to address and manage: ethical issues, multiculturalism, personality conflicts, & more
October 6 & 7, 2017: Trauma in Play Therapy (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 12 CE's ** THIS ADDITIONAL TRAINING IS A REPEAT OF THE MAY 2017 TRAINING. ** 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: 1. The importance of providing clients with trauma-informed play therapy 2. Play therapy techniques that support victims of grief and trauma 3. Play therapy interventions that build resiliency in all clients 4. The role Mindfulness and Self-Regulation play when working with this population
October 20, 2017: Superheroes in Play Therapy(April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 6 CE's ** 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: 1. Effective forms of play therapy using superheroes. 2. Play therapy techniques for supporting children living with anxiety and trauma. 3. Several of my favorite interventions!
October 21, 2017: Problem Behaviors in Play Therapy(April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 6 CE's “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: 1. Play therapy interventions to gather information from caregivers and clients 2. 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! 3. Additional ways to increase overall engagement in clients and families 4. Simple methods for families and schools to track the concerning behaviors to monitor client progress
November 10, 2017: Sandtray in Play Therapy 2.0 (Advanced)(April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 6 CE's This 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:
How to apply sand tray with families.
Applications of mindfulness in sand tray play therapy.
Some of my favorite applications to sand tray play therapy with children and adolescents!
November 11, 2017: Multiculturalism in Play Therapy(April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT) - 6 CE's 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: 1. Information about addressing cultural issues in play therapy 2. Play therapy techniques for supporting multiculturalism 3. Ways to address diversity and differences with children and adolescents 4. A few of my favorite techniques!