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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    • September 29, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 500 N Morain St., Suite 1200, Kennewick, WA 99336
    • 15

    2018 WAAPT Fall Conference

    Children, Trauma, and the Courage to Play

    presented by Dott Kelly

    Lutheran Community Services, Kennewick, WA

    Registration Starts at 8:30am

    Conference Time 9-4:30

    One Hour Lunch On Your Own

    Topics Include:
     --the phases of play that occur and the construction of relationship
    —the use of imagination and metaphor
    —looking into several children’s processes to construct a common baseline of theory into (the actual) play [from abstraction to action/play]
    —carrying the work ‘lightly’; where and how to interpret and make meaning
    —the use of remembering the child between sessions
    —what is trauma in the brain and how does understanding the brain support and enhance the imaginal work with the child
    —development of the whole child— to know what is wounded, we must understand what in developmental growth has been neglected or invaded

    Learning Objectives:

    1.    Trauma, the brain and how understanding the brain supports and enhances the imaginal work with the child

    2.    Development of the whole child— to know what is wounded, we must understand what in developmental growth has been neglected or invaded

    3.    Phases of play that occur during the construction of relationship

    4.    Carrying the work ‘lightly’; where and how to interpret and make meaning

    5.    Looking into several children’s processes to construct a common baseline of theory into actual play (from abstraction to action)

    6.    The use of remembering the child between sessions

    7.    Parent work

    We play therapists need a common understanding in order to support one another in our work with the unconscious.

    Author Bio:

    Over the past thirty-some years, Dott Kelly has been working with young children who suffer from the affects of trauma and its impacts on attachment.  After finding deep unmet needs in services to children during the 90’s, in 1999 Dott founded Jumping Mouse Children’s Center in Port Townsend. That nonprofit has served nearly 750 families to date.  

    Families served at Jumping Mouse have often experienced intergenerational trauma, with many wounds living within their relationships. Understanding how children depend on adults for regulation and well-being, Dott has constructed a model that relies on the safe dynamics between people rather than children’s behaviors alone.  Play, rather than talking, is a child’s natural way of communicating.  Child-centered materials utilize children’s own metaphoric approach to understanding, and to repair. This Jumping Mouse play therapy model integrates the use of expressive therapies that include sandtray, art, writing, puppets, and movement.  Dott will share casework that reveals the child’s interior world and the relationship of the therapist to the child’s in depth work.



    APT PROVIDER # 11-296


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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.

    • October 01, 2018
    • December 31, 2018
    • Seattle

    WA-APT is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2019 Two-Day Annual Conference!

    March 23 & 24, 2019


    On Saturday, our keynote speaker, Dr. Green, will be presenting all day. Sunday will be our multitopic breakout sessions for entry level to advanced clinicians. 

    Please e-mail a curriculum vitae of all presenters, along with the information below to: info@wa4pt.com

    • Author(s) brief Biography (45 word max.)
    • Workshop Overview (40 word max.)
    • Workshop Abstract (250 word max.),
    • Learning Objectives (4 objectives required for proposal 1-4 hours; 6 objectives required for proposals 5 hours or longer)
    • Citation for 3-5 sources, at least two (2) of which must be published within the past 5 years, that support the content of your program (no more than 1 can be your own)
    • Exam questions (5 required)
    • Summary (50 words or less) of how this presentation addresses and expands the play therapist's multicultural competency (only if applicable)
    • A brief description of how you will use your time (i.e. lecture, PowerPoint, group discussion, experiential, etc.). 
    • Current vita and picture

    Proposals will be accepted through  December 31st, 2018. Presenters will be contacted regarding the decision of the conference committee by January 15th, 2019.

    Presenters with accepted proposals will receive a complimentary one-day registration fee for Sunday, March 24th, 2019.

    • October 19, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • October 20, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Italian Cultural Center
    • October 26, 2018
    • October 27, 2018
    • Olympia, WA

    Olympia Therapy PLLC and Washington Association for Play Therapy are co-hosting a 2-day intensive AutPlay® Certification training with Dr. Robert Grant, the creator of AutPlay® Therapy. The training will take place in Olympia, Washington on October 26th and 27th.

    Training Overview:

    Day One will present an overview of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

    The tenets of AutPlay Therapy will be presented including the six treatment target areas

    of AutPlay and the sequence/phases of treatment. Parent training and intake and

    assessment protocols will also be covered. AutPlay theoretical foundations of Play

    Therapy and Behavioral Therapy will be covered and several directive Play Therapy

    techniques will be demonstrated.

    Learning Objectives Day One:

    1) Participants will gain an overview of autism spectrum disorder and other

    neurodevelopmental disorders.

    2) Participants will learn the components of AutPlay Therapy including: the phases of

    treatment, target treatment goals, and intake and screening instruments.

    3)Participants will understand how to incorporate parents and other family members in


    4) Participants will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of AutPlay Therpay

    including play therapy approaches and behavioral therapy.

    5) Participants will be able to structure play therapy session and design interventions to

    be most effective with children with autism spectrum disorder.

    6) Participants will learn several play therapy interventions used in AutPlay Therapy

    through experiential participation and session clips.

    Day Two will present The AutPlay Follow Me Approach designed for children and

    adolescents with a more severe impairment. Understanding regulation issues will be

    explored with several regulation focused play therapy interventions presented.

    Experiential case conceptualization and treatment planning will be covered. Established

    play-based autism treatments will be reviewed as well as current play therapy approaches

    that have been effective in treating autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

    Learning Objectives Day Two:

    1) Participants will understand the protocol for the AutPlay Therapy Follow Me

    Approach designed for children with a more severe impairment.

    2) Participants will learn how to involve parents and other family members in the

    AutPlay Therapy Follow Me Approach.

    3) Participants will participate in experiential treatment planning, and case


    4) Participants will learn several play therapy regulation interventions.

    5) Participants will gain an understanding about established autism treatments

    specifically treatments that are play-based and that easily align with AutPlay Therapy.

    6) Participants who complete both days will become Certified AutPlay Therapy


    Dr. Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Autism Specialist.  Dr. Grant specializes in play therapy techniques with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Grant also specializes in working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities and is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an Autism treatment using play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. Dr. Grant operates the AutPlay Therapy Clinic in Springfield, MO. He has authored several publications and written four books on the subjects of play therapy, Autism, and ADHD including the bestselling AutPlay Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Grant conducts various presentations and workshops on topics such as play therapy and Autism. Dr. Grant has conducted trainings and workshops throughout the United States and internationally and has presented at various area and national conferences including the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Association for Play Therapy.

    For more information about AutPlay® visit http://autplaytherapy.com/

    To register for this event visit https://www.olympiatherapy.com/events/autplay-therapy-certification-training


    Co-sponsored by Olympia Therapy (APT PROVIDER # 12-334) and Washington Association for Play Therapy (NBCC PROVIDER # 6777)


    This training is appropriate for Mental Health Professionals, Play Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, and School Counselors. This is an in-person/contact training worth 16 CE Hrs. This training is also appropriate for Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Special Education Teachers, and other professionals in case management, education, and medical fields working with children and adolescents with autism disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. These professionals will receive a certification signifying completion of 16 training hours.

    • March 23, 2019
    • March 24, 2019


    WAAPT Annual Conference

    March 23-24, 2018

    Seattle Pacific University

    Saturday: Keynote Speaker Dr. Eric Green

    Sunday: Breakout Sessions

    Saturday, March 23rd: 


    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

    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

Past events

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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