2018 Schedule Posted Below! (NEW topics include: Infusing Art in PT, Ethics in PT, & Grief/Bereavement in PT)
Upcoming Trainings for 2018 (Register via PayPal at the bottom of the page) The location of all trainings for 2018 is to be determined, DETAILS coming soon. 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 lists.
Ways to set up a room for play therapy sessions.
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.
February 23-24, 2018: Play Therapy Across the Lifespan(Andrea Bohannon, MA, LPC, RPT-S) – 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.
Specific interventions that can be used with clients of all ages.
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.
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, and how to convey the material to parents from varying backgrounds and needs. Join Sarah and learn how to empower parents with skills that will: enhance the bond with their children, increase consistency in the home through the use of Therapeutic Limit Setting, & decrease undesirable behaviors across multiple environments. This 10 week course has been facilitated by Sarah successfully throughout St. Louis County for several years.
*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.
Play therapy techniques that support victims of grief and trauma.
Play therapy interventions that build resiliency in all clients.
The role Mindfulness and Self-Regulation play when working with this population.
May 4-5, 2018:2 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. 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.
June 15-16, 2018: Infusing Art in Play Therapy (Ali Gabel, MA, PLPC) – 12 CE’s - CORE Curriculum Course Course description coming soon!
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:
Ways to provide play therapy services within the school system to students of all ages.
How to translate play therapy goals into “school speak.”
Ways to involve care-givers in the therapy process.
Ways to select, not collect, toys.
The fun and value in Story Stones (all participants will make & take a starter set!).
How to make the playroom mobile.
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 care givers 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.
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:
Effective forms of play therapy using superheroes.
Play therapy techniques for supporting children living with anxiety and trauma.
Several of my favorite interventions!
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:
Information about addressing cultural issues in play therapy.
Play therapy techniques for supporting multiculturalism.
Ways to address diversity and differences with children and adolescents.
A few of my favorite techniques!
August 24, 2018: Ethics in Play Therapy (Sarah Lehman, LCSW, RPT-S) - 3 CE's – SPECIAL Topic Course description coming soon!
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 both clients and clinicians.
Engaging activities that promote both clinical and 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.
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 (ie: 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 Course description coming soon!
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:
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 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