Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

Upcoming events

    • March 25, 2017
    • April 01, 2020
    • OPEN

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    • October 10, 2019
    • January 01, 2020
    • Seattle

    WA-APT is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2020 Two-Day Annual Conference!

    March 20 & 21, 2020


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

    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  December 31st, 2019. Presenters will be contacted regarding the decision of the conference committee by January 15th, 2020.

    Presenters with accepted proposals will receive a complimentary 2-day admission to our Spring Conference, which includes both Friday and Saturday presentations.

    • October 19, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin 240 Channing Way San Rafael

    2019 NCRSS Annual Gathering:
    Sacred Medicine In Multicultural Settings

    You are invited to the NCRSS 5th Annual Gathering, October 19th!

    Saturday October 19th, 2019
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm  
    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
    240 Channing Way San Rafael


    Presentation by Sonia Lucana, Ph.D., LCSW, RPT-S, SP        

    The 2019 NCRSS Annual Gathering focuses on therapy with multicultural children. Presenter Sonia Lucana introduces a practical and experiential integration of sandplay and play therapy techniques that promote optimal growth and integrate cultural awareness. She incorporates indigenous practices of the sacred medicine from Latin American countries in the context of Kalffian/Jungian sandplay and play therapy perspectives. Sandplay and play therapy are used together effectively in multicultural settings in response to a child’s social and emotional state, held by the clinician in the sacred space without interpretation. The power of therapeutic play using sand, water and non-verbal symbolic language offers a safe and nurturing environment where children become active witnesses in their healing journey as they express and make sense of implicit memories and early trauma. Case vignettes illustrate how traumatic experiences are processed non-verbally and lead to behavioral and emotional changes. Participants will learn to incorporate best practices for validating and supporting cross-cultural diversity in play therapy and sandplay. Hands-on symbol making and discussion follows the presentation.
    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss clinical benefits of using both sandplay and play therapy with children who have suffered sexual, physical, emotional abuse and severe neglect from various ethnic groups.
    • Identify multicultural symbols used during sandplay and play therapy serving diverse populations.
    • Explore clinical case material to increase knowledge of non-verbal symbolic language using sand, water, symbols, colors and play therapy.

    Sonia Lucana, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, SP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Sandplay Practitioner. Sonia is experienced in Jungian sandplay therapy in addition to Gestalt and Filial play therapy.  Since 2004 she has worked as a psychiatric social worker who specializes in serving victims of sexual abuse and severe neglect from multicultural backgrounds. She has presented at national conferences and mental health agencies on various topics including play therapy, creative arts, sandplay therapy and trauma. Her writings include Pachamama: Images of the Great Mother, Cultural and Clinical Perspectives in Sandplay Therapy in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 2016 and doctoral dissertation, The Sacred Medicine Holder: Indigenous healing traditions and modern mental health, 2019.
    3.0 CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: NCRSS is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for licensed Psychologists (Provider # NOR021). The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) recognizes CPA continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs.  NCRSS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 hours of instruction are eligible for CE credits. One credit equals 60 minutes of instruction. No partial attendance to receive credits.
    3.0 APT CREDITS:  Sonia Lucana is Approved Provider #14-392 for the Association for Play Therapy and maintains responsibility for the presentation. There is no extra charge for APT CEs. Partial credit cannot be offered. NCRSS and this presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.
    STA/ISST: Sonia Lucana, Sandplay Practitioner, is sponsored by Ellen Searle LeBel, Certified Sandplay Therapist Teacher for this presentation. The presentation qualifies for 3.0 hours toward certification as a sandplay therapist.
    FEES and REGISTRATION: $65 NCRSS members, $75 non-members. www.californiasandplay.org   Includes morning refreshments, lunch, and art materials. No charge for CE’s.  We welcome prelicensed as well as licensed professionals in clinics, schools and private practice. Contact norcalsandplay@gmail.com

    Register and get program information now online at www.californiasandplay.org  or contact us at norcalsandplay@gmail.com for more information about NCRSS.

    • November 08, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • November 09, 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • Boise, ID

    • April 16, 2020
    • April 20, 2020
    • Vancouver, WA

Past events

October 11, 2019 A brief introduction to AutPlay
September 26, 2019 Eastern WA Monthly Networking Meeting
September 21, 2019 2019 WAAPT Fall Conference
August 14, 2019 Seattle Area Networking Event
August 08, 2019 CCPT 102: Child-Centered Play Therapy, Practice & Application
July 11, 2019 Seattle Area Networking Event
June 19, 2019 Meaningful Moments in Play Therapy
June 14, 2019 Seattle Area Networking Event
May 10, 2019 WA-APT Networking Event
March 23, 2019 2019 WAAPT Annual Conference with Dr. Eric Green
March 15, 2019 Cancer and Play Therapy: Working with Children Affected by a Loved One's Cancer
March 09, 2019 Seattle Area Networking Event - RPT/S Cafe
January 26, 2019 Intro to Play Therapy presented by BCPTA Board Members
January 18, 2019 WA-APT Seattle Networking Event
December 07, 2018 Seattle Area Networking Event: Medication for Children in Play Therapy
November 02, 2018 Seattle Networking Event - Gender Identity Development in the Playroom
October 29, 2018 Trauma Informed Play Therapy: Basic Child-Centered Play Therapy Skills
October 26, 2018 2 Day Intensive AutPlay Certification
October 24, 2018 WA-APT Seattle Networking Event
October 19, 2018 BCPTA: EMDR and Play Therapy: A Playful Journey Toward Healing
October 01, 2018 Call for Proposals for 2019 Conference
September 29, 2018 2018 WAAPT Fall Conference
June 02, 2018 BCPTA Presents Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts and Play Therapy
May 27, 2018 Paradise Creek Center for the Advancement of Play presents Level 1 Intro to Play Therapy
April 25, 2018 Seattle Networking Meeting
March 23, 2018 2018 WAAPT Annual Conference with Nick Cornett
March 03, 2018 Make a Playdate with WA-APT
January 12, 2018 NWAPS presents Child Therapy Essentials: Healing Through Play and Relationship
December 01, 2017 Seattle Networking Meeting: Skills and Techniques in Adjunct EMDR Sand Tray Therapy
November 04, 2017 FSTNW presents: Meaningful Moments in Play Therapy
October 28, 2017 2017 WAAPT Fall Conference
September 23, 2017 Seattle Networking Meeting: Bringing Mindfulness and Yoga into the Play Therapy Room
July 01, 2017 Call for Proposals for 2018 Conference
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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