Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

Welcome to the Washington State Association for Play Therapy

2017 Fall Conference

October 28th, 2017

Registration opens July 1st, 2017



I Just Can’t Help it! 

Attachment Centered Play Therapy to Treat Childhood Disruptive Disorders

with Clair Mellenthin


Spokane, WA

The rise of Childhood Disruptive Behavior Disorders is cause for concern for therapists, educators, researchers, and especially children and families. We will discuss and explore the impact of Attention Deficit Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder in children. Often, by the time parents seek out therapy services for their child, the family system is discouraged, anxious, and most importantly (and often over-looked) ashamed.  Parents feel shame for being unable to “parent” or change the undesirable behaviors of OCD, ADHD, ODD, and CD; and the child is shame-ridden for engaging in their “weird” and uncontrollable quirks and thoughts.  This often leads to a family system break down and they enter into a shame cycle which also breaks down their emotional security and attachment with one another. 

 This workshop will look at how the impact of attachment plays a role in the etiology of childhood disruptive behavior disorders, as well as how to utilize attachment-based play therapy techniques to treat these diagnoses in children, strengthen parent-child relationships, and improve overall self-esteem and confidence- leaving the child feeling ready to take on CDBD and tools to control it!

Learning Objectives 

  • Participants will learn about the etiology of CDBD and best practice interventions
  • Participants will learn how CDBD impacts not just the individual, but the family system as a whole
  • Participants will learn attachment-based play therapy interventions to treat ADHD, ODD, and CD
  • Participants will learn how attachment theory is an important aspect in treating Childhood Disruptive Behavior Disorders and developing a treatment plan
Click HERE for more information and to register.

As the Washington Branch of the Association of Play Therapy we believe in the use of play therapy as a profound medium for healing and change. Our purpose is to share our passion for play with professionals and the community through education and research. This website will provide you with information about our organization, educational advancement, play therapists in the community and play therapy resources. Please search through this site and enjoy the power of play!

WAAPT Mission Statement

The mission of the Washington State Association for Play Therapy is to advance the psychosocial development and mental health of all people in all nations through play and play therapy by promoting the understanding of play therapy, providing effective practice through training and research, maintaining professional development and preserving diversity. 

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