Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

2017 WAAPT Fall Conference

  • October 28, 2017
  • Quality Inn Valley Suites 8923 E. Mission Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99212
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2017 WAAPT Fall Conference

October 28th, 2017

Registration Starts at 8:30am

Conference Time 9-4:30

One Hour Lunch On Your Own

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





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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.

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