Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

2018 WAAPT Annual Conference with Nick Cornett

  • March 23, 2018
  • March 24, 2018
  • Seattle Pacific University


  • Unable to join us for both conference days? This registration entitles you to 6 CEUs/Clock Hours/APT CEUs for our multitopic breakout sessions on Friday March 23rd.

    If your agency is cutting the check you may still register using this option and have your company mail the check to: PO Box 205 Redmond, WA 98073
  • Going with a group of 4 or more? Register together and you can save! This registration type includes both days of the conference for a total of 12 CEUs/Clock Hours/APT credits.

    If your agency is cutting the check you may still register using this option and have your company mail the check to: PO Box 205 Redmond, WA 98073
  • Have a group of more than 4 but can't join us for both conference days?

    This registration entitles you to 6 CEUs/Clock Hours/APT CEUs for Nick Cornett's keynote workshop on Saturday March 24th. Your registration includes our catered business luncheon and networking event.

    If your agency is cutting the check you may still register using this option and have your company mail the check to: PO Box 205 Redmond, WA 98073
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    Free registration for educational workshops on Friday, March 23rd Discounted rate for Saturday March 24th.
  • This registration type includes both days of the conference for a total of 12 CEUs/Clock Hours/APT credits.
  • This registration type includes both days of the conference for a total of 12 CEUs/Clock Hours/APT credits.

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WAAPT Annual Conference

March 23-24, 2018

Seattle Pacific University

Friday: Breakout Sessions

Saturday: Keynote Speaker Nick Cornett


Friday, March 23rd:

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

9:00AM-10:00AM - First Sessions 

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

12:15PM-1:15PM - Lunch (on your own)

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

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

Morning Sessions (choose 1):

The Healing Nature of Sandtray Therapy: An Introduction to Sandtray Techniques and Applications 

- Cary McAdams Hamilton, MA.MFT, LMHC, CMHS, RPT-S

Cary M. Hamilton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor- Supervisor, Child Mental Health Specialist, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and mother of two. Her passion for healing children and providing educational support to parents and families is her life goal. She loves travel and discovering the natural world, particularly now through the eyes of her own children. She believes children are wise and powerful and with the right guidance they can grow into amazing successful adults and parents. A child's play is their life story of triumph and struggle, and curiosity drives them to discover, learn, and develop into their own unique beautiful self. The language of play is the heart of every child. It is their loving parents who need to learn the language of Play develop healthy and thriving relationships. 

Workshop Overview:

Participants will learn theoretical foundation and skills and techniques for sandtray therapy. Practical applications and how to use sandtray with a variety of populations will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

1. Introduction to techniques of sandtray therapy, the principles/theories of sandtray therapy, the therapeutic process, and assessment.

2. Applying appropriate sandtray conceptualizations to thematic and symbolic manifestations.

3. Reviewing how to identify and articulate basic sandtray treatment plan and analysis.

4. Demonstrating the ability to appropriately analyze and justify the use of sandtray treatment to various mental health conditions.  

Cat, Cow, Dog: Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy for Children with Trauma
- Kristen Hurvitz, LCSW, RPT

Kristen Hurvitz, LCSW, RPT is a certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructor and Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher. Kristen has a private practice in Berkeley, CA and specializes in trauma, adoption, and attachment with children and adolescents ages 3-18. Kristen has lectured on somatic approaches in Play Therapy across the Bay Area. In 2018 Kristen will be the president-elect of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Association for Play Therapy.

Workshop Overview:

This workshop provides an overview of trauma informed yoga and somatic approaches where participants will learn how to integrate these interventions into play therapy sessions. Focus will be on working with children and adolescents with complex trauma based on current research in neuroscience from leaders in the field including: Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Bruce Perry, MD, David Berceli, MD, Peter Levine, PhD, Daniel Siegel, MD, and Stephen Porges, MD.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain the benefits of incorporating trauma informed yoga and somatic interventions into play therapy sessions based on current neuroscience and attachment theory.

2. Learn to teach children how to regulate their nervous system, express emotions, and

practice being in the present moment through somatic regulation and interoceptive awareness.

3. Learn 3 Fight, Flight, and Freeze interventions to assist children in returning to their

window of tolerance.

4. Apply 3 yoga based play therapy techniques to utilize in clinical practice with traumatized children and adolescents in play therapy sessions.


Afternoon Sessions (choose 1):

Meaningful Moments in Play Therapy
- Rosie Newman, MA, LMHC, RPT-S

Rosie Newman is a child and family therapist and founder of Seattle Play Therapy, a private play therapy practice. Rosie 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.

 Workshop Overview:

This presentation will provide a basic overview of Child Centered Play Therapy and its benefits. The majority of the presentation will show in-depth case study of play therapy treatment, including pictures of therapeutic work and treatment plan information. 

 Learning Objectives:

1.      Participants will learn a framework for understanding directive vs. non-directive play therapy and a framework for understanding when intervention may be clinically indicated

2.      Participants will learn the value of Axline’s 8 Basic principles of play therapy

3.      Participants will witness the course of treatment for a child receiving long term play therapy, and through example, will learn to recognize the value of symbolism and metaphor in children’s play.

4.      Participants will receive example treatment plan information which will provide a guide for creating Child Centered Play Therapy treatment plans in practice. 


    The Complicated World of Divorce: Meeting the Needs of Children Through Yoga and Play Therapy
    - Michelle Pliske, LCS, RPT-S and Lindsay Balboa, MSSW, LCSW

    Michelle M. Pliske, LCSW RPT-S, is the founder of Firefly Counseling Services. She is an assistant professor at Pacific University and a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds certificates in synergetic play therapy, EMDR, animal assisted human health, trauma informed care, children's yoga and adoption/foster care.

    Lindsay Balboa, MSSW, LCSW, holds post graduate certifications in adoption and foster care & children's yoga. She is progressing towards her registered play therapy certification, infant and toddler mental health endorsement and animal assisted human health certification. She has extensive knowledge with navigating the legal and court systems.

    Workshop Overview:

    Divorce creates disruption in every aspect of a child’s life. Combining yoga and play therapy generates an opportunity for children to integrate complex emotions associated with changing family systems. This program addresses the physiological, cognitive and ethical processes of divorce.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. After the workshop, participants will identify three areas of the brain: Brain stem, limbic system & cortex associated with the stress response cycle and be able to successfully pair two-three reflective statements which target each one of these areas for integrated neural networking within the nervous system.

    2. After the workshop, participants will understand how to successfully combine six play therapy techniques with yoga for children to develop adaptive regulation skills. This creates the first six weeks of a support group designed for children of divorce.

    3. After the workshop, participants will increase their ability to document cases effectively and preserve the therapeutic relationship within the court process by applying two areas of the code of ethics in preparing for potential records requests or testimony within divorce cases.

    4. After the workshop, participants will learn three techniques or methods pertinent to troubleshooting difficult cases in group facilitation of children.


    Saturday, March 24th: Family Ties: Using Family Play Therapy to Loosen Binds and Strengthen Bonds presented by Nick Cornett, 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


    Despite the increasing recognition of the importance of family-oriented clinical practices, research suggests that children are often left out of family therapy, and families are often left out of play therapy (Haslam & Harris, 2011; Sori & Sprenkle, 2004). Come see how family play therapy can provide a developmentally-appropriate and inclusive approach for working with the entire family!


    It is imperative that clinicians seek to assess and to strengthen family relationships, particularly when working with children. Research reinforces the critical relationship between childhood family functioning and individual wellbeing throughout the lifespan (Bastiaansen et al., 2005; Felitti et al., 1998; Kessler et al., 2010; Paradis et al., 2011). However, clinicians who encounter families with young children frequently report discomfort and a lack of training in how to work conjointly with this population in ways that are developmentally appropriate and inclusive of the entire family (Doherty & Simmons, 1996; Haslam & Harris, 2011; Hines, 1996; Kranz, Kottman, & Lund, 1998; Johnson & Thomas, 1999; Phillips & Landreth, 1998; Ryan, Gomory, & Lacasse, 2002; Sori & Sprenkle, 2004; Tsai & Ray, 2011). As a result, clinicians tend to work with family members in isolation from one another, missing the potential therapeutic value of working with the entire family unit.

    As a response to these concerns, this workshop will explore how family play therapy can be utilized to assess and to strengthen family relationships. In this workshop, participants will explore rationale for using family play therapy with children and their families. We will consider how to prepare for family play therapy and to how to process family play therapy sessions. Participants will be exposed to family play therapy techniques that can be utilized with children and their families, and case examples will be provided to demonstrate applications of family play therapy.

    Learning Objectives: 

    • 1.    Participants will be able to define family play therapy.
    • 2.    Participants will be able to describe the theoretical, ethical, and research-based rationale for utilizing family play therapy with children and their families.
    • 3.    Participants will be able to articulate how to prepare themselves and families for the use of family play therapy.
    • 4.    Participants will be able to describe how to process family play therapy sessions with families.
    • 5.    Participants will be able to identify key family system dynamics that are useful for conceptualizing family play therapy.
    • 6.    Participants will be able to apply examples of family play therapy.
    • 7.    Participants will be able to describe considerations for selecting appropriate family play therapy activities. 
    • 8.    Participants will be able to identify potential challenges in implementing family play therapy.

    Bio:  Dr. Nick Cornett is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Arkansas and a Registered Play Therapist through the Association for Play Therapy. He is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at John Brown University, where he primarily teaches courses on working with children and families using family systems theory, family therapy, and family play therapy. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cornett maintains a small private practice. His interest in working with children and families began while completing his PhD in Counseling at North Texas, where he had the opportunity to receive extensive training, supervision, and experience in working therapeutically with young children and their families using play therapy.


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

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


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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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