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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    • July 01, 2017
    • December 01, 2017
    • Seattle

    WA-APT is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2018 Two-Day Annual Conference!

    March 23 & 24, 2018 

    With Nick Cornett, PhD

    Do you have knowledge and experience in play therapy that others can learn from? Have you experienced success with a particular model or type of play therapy that others may find helpful? Perhaps you have experience with a specific population of children that you can bring to others.


    Friday will be our multitopic breakout sessions for entry level to advanced clinicians. On Saturday, our keynote speaker, Nick Cornett, will be presenting all day.

    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 July 1, 2017. Presenters will be contacted regarding the decision of the conference committee by October 1, 2017.

    Presenters with accepted proposals will receive a complimentary one-day registration fee for Friday March 23, 2018.

    • September 23, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kirkland, WA

    Seattle Area Networking Meeting

    *Saturday, September 23rd, 2017*


    New Location: Kirkland Chamber of Commerce

    440 Central Way, Kirkland, Washington 98033

    ****Parking is easy and free at the 'Little Brother' restaurant underground parking lot on 85th St (it's the immediate right after the Wells Fargo sign). Conference room is located opposite the 'Arete' residential office.****

    Title: Bringing Mindfulness and Yoga into the Play Therapy Room


    The intention of this workshop is to provide mental health practitioners with a basic level of knowledge of how

    mindfulness and yoga techniques/postures can be integrated into play therapy practice. This workshop will provide

    information about the benefits of using yoga and mindfulness with children, and discuss specific interventions that

    can be used in sessions in developmentally appropriate ways.

    Workshop Objectives:

    1. List 3 mental and/or physical benefits of utilizing yoga with children in play therapy practice.

    2. Identify 3-5 yoga postures and (how to) integrate these into a play therapy session.

    3. Apply at least 1 mindfulness technique in a play therapy session.


    Daisy Vergara, LMHC, is a therapist working with children ages 0-9 in a private practice at Spring Behavioral Health in Issaquah, WA. Daisy has been utilizing yoga, and specifically, mindfulness in her play therapy practice with clients. Daisy has approximately 9 years of experience working with her current population and over a decade of experience working in mental health field in various settings with diverse client populations.

    Pamela Chang has been teaching yoga since 2009. Pam is inspired by her teachers Molly Lannon Kenny and Stephanie Sission. Since then, she has trained with Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers and you will often find her focused on teaching what she loves the most, Yin Yoga. Pam’s Yin Yoga classes offer quiet, long-held stretches focusing on love, compassion and acceptance. As a teacher, Pam encourages students to follow their own path, finding balance between accepting themselves as they are and pushing their limits. She is committed to bringing joy, understanding and kindness to every class. Her goal is to guide others to finding happiness from within and to show everyone that they are already perfect and whole. Pam is grateful for the opportunity to share yoga with others. She teaches Yin yoga, Slow Flow, Vinyasa and Yoga Nidra. She also offers Yin yoga teacher trainings and Ayurveda workshops.


    1.5 FREE CE Clock Hours Provided (APT-APPROVED PROVIDER #11-296)

    Please email info@wa4pt.com for further information.


    Social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, nurses, interns, undergraduate and graduate students

    Students are highly encouraged to attend. If you are new to play therapy or still learning, please come with your curiosity and questions!

    ** Students: Did you know you can begin to accrue APT Approved CEs that will count toward your RPT credential even before you graduate with your Master's Degree?!

    Cost: Free!!!

    • October 28, 2017
    • Quality Inn Valley Suites 8923 E. Mission Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99212
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    Registration Now Open!

    2017 WAAPT Fall Conference

    October 28th, 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

    Our Fall Conference will be located at:
    Quality Inn Valley Suites
    8923 E. Mission Ave,
    Spokane Valley, WA 99212

    Discounted hotel rooms are available for $89 per night. Please mention you are going to to WAAPT's Fall Conference to receive the discounted rate.



    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.

    • November 04, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 656 Howe Street, Seattle

    Family Systems Therapy Northwest 


    “Meaningful Moments in Play Therapy”

    Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 6-8:30 p.m. * 656 Howe Street, Seattle

    CEUs: 2 Hours for LMFT, LMHC, LASW, LICSW, and associates; and 2 CEUs for APT practitioners

    Registration fees: FSTNW Members – $40; WAAPT Members - $65; Nonmembers – $80

    Includes CEUs, materials, and refreshments

    Register at www.fstnw.org

    (WAAPT Members: if registering online, type PLAY15 in the coupon line to receive your member discount)


    Children naturally engage in play to help organize and make sense of their world. A trained play therapist looks beyond the content of the play behaviors to understand the meaning behind the child’s play through symbolism and metaphor. 

    For those not trained in play therapy, it can be difficult to understand this language and to see play not as random and meaningless, but rather as intentional and meaningful. Even for the trained play therapist, it can be difficult to “trust the process” in the face of therapeutic challenges and believe in the child’s innate ability to heal through play.

    This presentation will invite the participant along the therapeutic journey with one child, over the course of treatment. The case example will show the ways in which the child uses symbolism and metaphor to make sense of her internal world and slowly feel free to be herself. 

    Each meaningful moment with this child will be threaded together to make a cohesive story that will illuminate key aspects of Child Centered Play Therapy theory, symbolism, and the value of the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for growth and change in the play therapy encounter.

    Learning Objectives – participants will:

     Be able to name therapeutic benefits of play

     Learn Virginia Axline’s eight basic principles of play therapy

     Learn to recognize the value of symbolism and metaphor in children’s play by looking a case example

     Witness the course of treatment for a child receiving long term play therapy

    Rosie Newman, MA, LMHC, RPT-S, is a child and family therapist and founder of Seattle Play Therapy, a private practice in North Seattle. Rosie received her MA in Existential and Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University and subsequent training and experience in play therapy to earn her Registered Play Therapist—Supervisor credential. Rosie was branch president of the WA Association for Play Therapy. She is also the Clinical Director of the Seattle chapter of A Home Within, a national non-profit that provides free long-term psychotherapy to foster youth.


    This training has been approved for 2 CE’s for Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1613.

    By partnering with Washington State Association for Play Therapy, these CE’s meet criteria for Association for Play Therapy (APT). APT Approved Provider #11-296

    Questions? Contact FSTNW at 360-734- 3166, email office@fstnw.org, or visit www.fstnw.org.

Past events

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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