Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

2020 WAAPT Fall Conference - Online

  • September 26, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom
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2020 WAAPT Fall Conference



9:00AM - 12:15PM: Morning Session

12:15PM - 1:15PM: Lunch

1:15PM - 4:30PM: Afternoon Session

Biography - Sabra Starnes is an Independent Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing for 22 years in the DMV area. She worked for 13 years in the District of Columbia Public School System as a School Social Worker.  She is the founder and Owner of Next Place Therapy Services a private practice in Largo, Maryland. She works with children ages 3-15 years old and their families using Attachment-based Play Therapy. She has extensive training and certifications in adoption and attachment, EMDR, Sandtray, Trusted Behavioral Relation Intervention, Daring Way, Kinesthetic Storytelling, and Trauma. She is a local, national, and international Speaker and Trainer on Adoption and Foster Care from a personal and professional perspective.  

Description - The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. "

Play therapists can use the Therapeutic Powers of Play in being a culturally attuned play therapist who is aware of the social justices, racism and systematic disparities Brown and Black children and families face. 

This webinar will be engaging the Powers of Play to grow as culturally attuned play therapist. The focus will help you to openly discuss and share your concerns and hopes in supporting your Brown and Black clients ages 3-18 years old and their families. 

There will be time for discussion and processing to allow you to hear each person’s needs and together to begin to develop a plan, using play therapy, to appropriately respond and navigate social injustices in regard to the mental health of our clients

Play therapists must first fully understand the concept of culture and its potential impact on their own lives, the lives of their clients, and the play therapy process.

As we all work together to make the necessary changes, the world needs play therapists to be on the front lines making a different for Black and Brown youth and their families. 

This webinar will provide support and learning in a safe and nonjudgmental way. No one is perfect. However, it is imperative that we do better for our children, and especially Black and Brown children. 

The webinar will include small and large group discussion, video, power point.

Suggested Materials to have on hand for creating and exploring throughout the webinar: 

  • Art-based Supplies (paper, markers/colored pencils, etc.)
  • Play-Doh/Modeling Clay
  • LEGOs
  • Sandtray & Miniatures

Participants can choose what materials that want to have to hand.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to:

1.Explore how using Gestalt Play Therapy approach focuses on the therapist and the client jointly try to discover the cause of the symptoms through play.

2. Discuss how this approach of working with the client is process- and experience oriented and is constantly focused on what is most important to the client at that moment in session.

 3.Discuss Gestalt Play Therapy and therapeutic powers of play are connected in focusing on the whole child in play therapy sessions.

4. Describe ways in which children express awareness of cultural differences in the play therapy room.

5. Create play therapy techniques and activities that empower, support, and create healthy and positive therapeutic relationships with clients and families.

6.Compare and contrast being a culturally competent play therapist vs a culturally attend play therapists.

7. Explore our own values, beliefs, and experiences (and how the lens they form can directly impact us having a safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship with Brown and Black clients in play therapy sessions. 

8. Identify and discuss microaggressions that can be verbally or non-verbally expressed by the therapist in play therapy sessions and how to navigate them.

9. Discuss cultural equity and the relationship to ethical practice and powers of play therapy to connect with, impart empathy, healing with clients.

10.Identify professional strategies and resources to minimize the negative impact of the play therapist’s privilege, power, and unconscious bias on treatment.


Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 6 CONTACT CE Hours.

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