Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

2019 WAAPT Annual Conference with Dr. Eric Green

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


  • If your agency is cutting the check you may still register using this option and have your company mail the check to: PO Box 2563 Silverdale, WA 98383.
  • If your agency is cutting the check you may still register using this option and have your company mail the check to: PO Box 2563 Silverdale, WA 98383.
  • If your agency is cutting the check you may still register using this option and have your company mail the check to: PO Box 2563 Silverdale, WA 98383.
  • If your agency is cutting the check you may still register using this option and have your company mail the check to: PO Box 2563 Silverdale, WA 98383.
  • Requires presenter code.

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 the role of play therapist based on ethical guidelines and best practices presented by Cary Hamilton, Jill Forsberg, and Heather Schilling

Brief Bio: 

Cary Hamilton MA, MFT, LMHC, CMHS, RPT-S, is the director of social media for WAPT and previous president. She is the owner and CEO of Olympia Therapy, LLC, and actively supervises new therapists and regularly presents play therapy workshops to train both students and clinicians.

Jill Forsberg, LMFT, RPT-S is the current president of WAPT. She currently provides therapy for children, teens and adults at her private practice in Seattle. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and provides Clinical Supervision in individual and group format.

Heather Schilling, MS, LMFT, RPT-S is currently serving as the Western Washington Committee Chair. She has a private practice in Puyallup and specializes in working with children and teens, specifically those impacted by abuse, neglect or other traumatic situations.

Workshop Overview:  Participants will be made familiar with Play Therapy best practices and guidelines set forth by the Association for Play Therapy. This will include covering topics such as: The Therapeutic Relationship, Parents and Family, Confidentiality, Professional Responsibility, Relationships with Other Professionals, Evaluation, Assessment, and social media use.

Workshop Abstract:  This workshop will focus on the varied ethical concerns related to the practice of play therapy. These will be based on the code of ethics set forth by the Association for Play Therapy as well as state laws and licensing boards.  Participants will be exposed to topics related to navigating the diverse and often unique dynamic of play therapy. This will include an overview of the APT paper on Touch, as well as topics related to reporting abuse/neglect, dual relationships, and understanding scope of practice. With the increase use of social media, participants will also be able to understand both the risks and benefits of utilizing this communication platform. Participants can expect to engage in group discussions using hypothetical case examples to illustrate the learning objectives. The presenters will also engage in an open panel discussion related to topics of interest by attendees. 

Learning Objectives:

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

2) Participants will be provided ethical guidelines in accordance with APT and Washington State Law to apply to play therapy cases

3) Participants will be able to identify the ethical ricks and benefits of using social media

4) Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in ethical discussions to increase awareness and understanding of the APT best practices.

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!!!




"This program has been approved for 12 CEU's by the NASW Washington State Chapter". Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.

NASW Provider Number is #1975-331.

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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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