Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington


*Please note that we will be hosting our Networking Events on the second Wednesday of the following months: February, April, June, August, October, and December. Specific Dates, Locations, and Topics will be announced and included below!

Upcoming events

    • March 25, 2017
    • April 01, 2020
    • OPEN

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    • March 09, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 440 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033

    Rescheduled to March 9th!

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    • March 23, 2019
    • March 24, 2019
    • Seattle Pacific University

    WAAPT Annual Conference

    March 23-24, 2019

    Seattle Pacific University

    Saturday: Keynote Speaker Dr. Eric Green

    Sunday: Breakout Sessions

    Saturday, March 23rd:   Jungian Play Therapy: Guiding Children Toward the Undefended Heart presented by Eric Green, PhD


    8:30AM-9:00AM - Registration Opens

    9:00AM-12:15PM - Training

    12:15PM-1:15PM - Catered Lunch

    1:15PM-4:30PM - Training Continued

    4:30PM - Training Concludes and CEs Issued

    Brief Biography: Eric Green, PhD, is a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Education in Baltimore, MD, as well as he serves as the current Executive Director of Better Options Initiative, a private foundation in Lafayette, LA, that protects children from parental conflict during divorce. Dr. Green has authored or co-edited five recent books in child psychotherapy, including "Play Therapy with Preteens," "Counseling Families," "Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy," "Integrating Play Therapy and Expressive Arts with Children and Adolescents," and "No Child Forgotten." Dr. Green's natural disaster work with children traumatized by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina was featured in the CNN television documentary, "Children of the Storm." Dr. Green has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles in scholarly journals, as well as book chapters, and he is a regularly invited keynote speaker across the US and internationally. He maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Lafayette, LA. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    1) After the workshop, participants will be able to recall the central premise of guiding children toward an undefended heart through Jungian play. 

    2) After the workshop, participants will be able to identify two characteristics of play therapists needed to conduct therapy with children from a Jungian perspective.

    3) After the workshop, participants will be able to articulate one research-informed principle supporting play therapy interventions with children from an analytical perspective.

    4) After the workshop, participants will be able to identify the steps to facilitate two Jungian play therapy interventions: (1) mandalas and (2) fairytales.

    5) After the workshop, participants will be able to define amplification within the play therapy process.

    6) After the workshop, participants will be able to define transference within the play therapy relationship.

    Sunday, March 24th:

    8:30AM-9:00AM - Registration Opens

    9:00AM-10:00AM - First Sessions 

    10:15AM-12:15PM - First Sessions Continued 

    12:15PM-1:15PM - Catered Lunch

    1:15PM-2:15PM-Second Sessions

    2:30PM-4:30PM - Second Sessions Continued

    Morning Sessions (choose 1):

    Understanding Attachment through Developmental Maturation and Integration Through Play in Clinical Practice presented by Shanna Donauser

    Brief Biography: Shanna Donhauser is a psychotherapist who works with young children and parents to strengthen attachment relationships. Shanna founded Happy Nest, a private practice in Seattle, WA. She serves on the board of directors for PEPS and volunteers with the Child Therapy Collective through NWAPS.

    Workshop Overview: Introduction and review of attachment models including Bowlby, Ainsworth, and the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment (Crittenden, 2008) with a focus on how attachment develops in the context of relationship and through play. Case study presentation and analysis.

    Workshop Abstract: Most play therapists working with children understand the basic tenets and principles of attachment. However, few are familiar with recent work on attachment development within the context of complex presentations and developmental capacities. This workshop provides an introduction to modern models of attachment with a focus on Patricia Crittenden's Dynamic-Maturational Model of attachment. Through this model, we will review a clinical vignette and consider potential play therapy interventions that target the attachment relationship between a child and their caregiver. Some consideration will be made to discuss the benefits and difficulties of involving parents in clinical treatment involving play with children.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to identify the key components to a more complex model of attachment.

    2. Participants will be able to begin to recognize and classify different attachment styles within this model.

    3. Participants will identify potential play therapy interventions to support attachment between child and parent.

    4. Participants will identify 3 benefits to parental involvement in the clinical treatment of children.


    Navigating Ethical Issues when Working with Children of Divorced (or Divorcing Parents) using play therapy presented by Dr. Rebecca Rudd.

    Brief Biography: Dr. Rebecca Rudd is an Associate Professor at Eastern Washington University and is the owner and clinical director of Center for Solace. She has over eleven years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings to include: private practice, schools, college campus, for profit agencies and community mental health settings using play therapy. Dr. Rudd has presented at regional, state and national conferences.

    Workshop Overview: Working with children in the context of play or family therapy poses its own ethical and legal challenges. Learn how to address such issues as divorce and custody battles, avoiding role confusion in family therapy, handling disclosure of abuse or neglect via play behaviors and how to handle common play therapy concerns according to the Association for Play Therapy’s Best Practices.

     Workshop Abstract: This workshop will focus on the varied ethical concerns related to the practice of play therapy. Some of the most common concerns include navigating cases involved in divorce or custody battles, avoiding role confusion when treating both the child and the family. These concerns will be explored through various professional ethical codes such as the American Counseling Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and National Association for Social Workers and American Psychological Association. Furthermore, state law and guidance from the Association for Play Therapy (APT)’s Best Practices will be reviewed. Additionally, participants will learn how to effectively handle disclosure of abuse or neglect through play behaviors and considerations when reporting these incidents to Child Protective Services or local police. An overview on the updated policy guidelines from the Association for Play Therapy on handling touch in play sessions will be reviewed. Participants will also learn the importance of practicing within in his or her current scope of practice and training using various play therapy models. The presenter will use case examples to illustrate the principles and participants will be engaged by using the newly learned information to think through these complex cases.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1) Participants will be exposed to common ethical and legal concerns specific to working with children and families using play therapy.

    2) Participants will be provided ethical guidelines in accordance with ACA, AAMFT, NASW, APA and Washington State Law to apply to play therapy cases.

    3) Participants will be able to cite best practices when working with children of divorcing or divorced parents.

    4) Participants will be encouraged to use critical thinking skills to engage in sound ethical decision making.

    Afternoon Sessions (choose 1):

    Trans Sensitive Play Therapy presented by Kade Hodges and Andrea Kunwald

    Brief Biography:

    Kade Hodges has a Masters degree in Social Work and is pursuing both his Registered Play Therapist certification and clinical licensure. He works as a Program Supervisor for therapists at an intensive services community mental health agency for youth in southeastern Washington.

    Andrea Kunwald is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a masters degree is in Psychology. She is pursuing her Registered Play Therapist certification. Andrea has worked in multiple therapeutic settings from community mental health, group practice, to private practice.

    Workshop Overview: Join us to learn about transgender care for youth seeking clinical treatment. Gain an understanding of basic terminology for gender diverse youth. Be informed culturally as to what challenges and experiences they may experience. Discuss and explore therapeutic play techniques.

    Workshop Abstract: The presentation will begin with a brief overview of transgender social and clinical history, terminology, and the differences between sexuality and gender identity. Participants will then be informed of cultural experiences and challenges that gender diverse youth may face. We will discuss gender exploration in play, with a focus on common themes, and activities and interventions designed to help explore gender identity. The presentation will end with case conceptualizations and an interactive discussion on techniques for different cases; participants are invited to bring questions and hypothetical scenarios.

    Learning Objectives:

    1) Participants will learn the basic terminology to understand Gender Dysphoria and transgender/gender diverse youth that may attend sessions with a Play Therapist.

    2) Participants will learn a brief history of gender and Gender Dysphoria, with a focus on cultural implications for treating youth in therapy and with Play Therapy techniques and challenges that these clients may face.

    3) Participants will learn and participate in different Play Therapy activities designed to be culturally competent and relevant to transgender/gender diverse youth and families.

    4) Participants will explore cases and discuss how to apply Play Therapy theory in treatment with transgender/gender diverse youth.


    Roll, Play, Grow: Dungeons and Dragons as Sit-Down Play Therapy for Teens presented by Adam Davis and Adam Johns

    Brief Biography:

    Adam Davis, MAEd earned his Masters degree with a focus in drama therapy from Antioch University Seattle and is a recognized member of the North American Drama Therapy Association. Before founding Game to Grow, Adam served as a public school teacher and freelance drama teacher.

    Adam Johns, LMFT earned his Master’s degree in couple and family therapy at Antioch University after earning his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Adam has also worked a therapist in private practice focused on serving geeks and gamers.

    Workshop Overview: This workshop will inform participants about the use of role-playing games as a therapeutic intervention, how they are currently being used by Game to Grow to help clients, and why they should be in every play therapist's toolbox.

    Workshop Abstract: For many years popular culture viewed games like Dungeons and Dragons as an antisocial waste of time. However, they are actually being used in clinics, hospitals, schools, and by therapists as a tool to improve lives. Adam Davis and Adam Johns, founders of Game to Grow and “therapeutic game masters,” have been using tabletop role-playing games for nearly eight years to help their teen and adolescent participants become more confident, creative, and socially capable. Many youth, especially those with social challenges related to autism diagnoses, feel isolated and lack support when they reach late adolescence. Davis and Johns have found that the intentional facilitation of tabletop role-playing games can be a valuable resource for these youth, helping them build community, develop valuable skills, and enhance their capacity to connect with others by harnessing the power of play. The specific modality used by Game to Grow, using tabletop role-playing games in their therapeutic social skills groups, is Developmental Relational Scaffolded Aesthetically-Distanced Play-Based Narrative Transference, or DRSADPBNT. Participants of this workshop will learn the basics of tabletop role-playing games, then re-conceptualize them as play-based therapeutic tools (DRSADPBNT). Participants will learn the ways and challenges for which Game to Grow is using tabletop role-playing games as an intervention, and gain experiential knowledge playing a role-playing game that they can take back with them into their own practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    1) By attending this session, participants will: Understand what a role-playing game is.

    2) By attending this session, participants will: Understand a theoretical framework for role-playing games as an intervention, DRSADPBNT.

    3) By attending this session, participants will: Understand how and for which challenges role-playing games are currently being used as an effective intervention with teens.

    4) By attending this session, participants will: Gain some experience playing a simple role-playing game and have a resource to use in their own practice.


    SPU is on Spring Break, you do NOT need a parking pass.

    Please be advised the SPU does not allow outside food or drink in their conference rooms. WAAPT will have water and coffee tables, as well as provided lunches for both Saturday and Sunday.

    Raffles will be drawn on Saturday and at all 4 sessions on Sunday!!!


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    Cancellation Policy: Registration fee (minus $35) will be refunded only if notice of cancellation is received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the training. We regret that we cannot refund registrations after that date.

Past events

January 26, 2019 Intro to Play Therapy presented by BCPTA Board Members
January 18, 2019 WA-APT Seattle Networking Event
December 07, 2018 Seattle Area Networking Event: Medication for Children in Play Therapy
November 02, 2018 Seattle Networking Event - Gender Identity Development in the Playroom
October 29, 2018 Trauma Informed Play Therapy: Basic Child-Centered Play Therapy Skills
October 26, 2018 2 Day Intensive AutPlay Certification
October 24, 2018 WA-APT Seattle Networking Event
October 19, 2018 BCPTA: EMDR and Play Therapy: A Playful Journey Toward Healing
October 01, 2018 Call for Proposals for 2019 Conference
September 29, 2018 2018 WAAPT Fall Conference
June 02, 2018 BCPTA Presents Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts and Play Therapy
May 27, 2018 Paradise Creek Center for the Advancement of Play presents Level 1 Intro to Play Therapy
April 25, 2018 Seattle Networking Meeting
March 23, 2018 2018 WAAPT Annual Conference with Nick Cornett
March 03, 2018 Make a Playdate with WA-APT
January 12, 2018 NWAPS presents Child Therapy Essentials: Healing Through Play and Relationship
December 01, 2017 Seattle Networking Meeting: Skills and Techniques in Adjunct EMDR Sand Tray Therapy
November 04, 2017 FSTNW presents: Meaningful Moments in Play Therapy
October 28, 2017 2017 WAAPT Fall Conference
September 23, 2017 Seattle Networking Meeting: Bringing Mindfulness and Yoga into the Play Therapy Room
July 01, 2017 Call for Proposals for 2018 Conference
June 09, 2017 Seattle Networking Meeting: Children’s Story Time: Using Bibliotherapy in Play Therapy
May 16, 2017 Lynnwood Networking Meeting
April 15, 2017 Seattle Area Networking Meeting: An Introduction to a Foster/Adopt Parenting Model in Play Therapy
March 24, 2017 2017 WAAPT Annual Conference with Franc Hudspeth
February 08, 2017 Seattle Networking Meeting: *CANCELLED & RESCHEDULED* A Brief Intro to Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health
February 03, 2017 Tri-Cities Networking Meeting
December 14, 2016 Seattle Networking Meeting: Play Therapy and Working with Parents
October 29, 2016 Call for Proposals for 2017 Conference
October 21, 2016 2016 WAAPT Fall Conference - Serious Play: Using Play Therapy to Address Depression, Anxiety, Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation
October 12, 2016 Seattle Networking Meeting
September 23, 2016 APT-Approved Training in Spokane
September 07, 2016 South Sound Networking Meeting
August 21, 2016 WAAPT Summer Picnic
June 13, 2016 Play Therapy Certificate Program (Victoria, British Columbia)
June 08, 2016 Seattle Networking Meeting
May 13, 2016 The Canadian Association for Child & Play Therapy Annual Conference
April 13, 2016 Western Washington Networking Meeting - "Play Therapist Self Care"
March 18, 2016 WA-APT's 2016 Annual Conference with Sueann Kenney-Noziska
March 15, 2016 The Nuts and Bolts of Child-Centered Play Thearpy
March 04, 2016 Idaho Association for Play Therapy 2016 Annual Conference
February 26, 2016 British Columbia Play Therapy Association
February 26, 2016 Recognizing and Responding to Very Young Children's Mental Health Issues and those Issues' Implications for Later Play Therapy
February 10, 2016 Western Washington Networking Meeting
January 26, 2016 The Power of Play: Proven Strategies for Trauma and Attachment in Children & Adolescents with Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S
January 08, 2016 Cascadia Training - Introduction to Play Therapy: Theory, Application, and Techniques
November 18, 2015 2016 Conference Proposals
November 13, 2015 2015 NWCPTS Fall Conference
November 11, 2015 Networking Meeting
October 16, 2015 Fall Conference
July 16, 2015 July Networking Meeting: Therapeutic Uses of Sand Tray in Play Therapy
June 01, 2015 The Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies Annual Summer Institute
March 27, 2015 2015 Conference Sponsorship
March 27, 2015 2015 Annual Conference: Liana Lowenstein
January 30, 2015 Theraplay
January 30, 2015 CSI Book Sales
December 08, 2014 2015 Conference Proposals
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