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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    • January 31, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • February 01, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Clackamas Community College: Wilsonville 29353 Town Center Loop E Wilsonville, OR 97070

    Oregon's APT Winter 2020 Conference

    Topic: “Sense”-sational Play Therapy on Sensory and Neurodiverse Populations

    Date: Jan. 31- Feb. 1, 2020

    Time: 8:30am-4:00pm both days

    Location:

    Clackamas Community College: Wilsonville

    29353 Town Center Loop E

    Wilsonville, OR 97070


    Workshop Overview: Workshop Overview (40 word max.) - This presentation explores the unique presentation, neurobiology, and challenges associated with SPD and other sensory-related/neurodiverse mental health disorders in the playroom. It introduces specific sensory concepts and their presentation in the playroom. As well as play therapy interventions, provides experiential applications in the playroom, and a neurobiologically-informed treatment conceptualization and planning.

    Learning Objectives:

    Describe the fundamentals and clinical presentation of sensory processing disorder (SPD), and other related sensory-related disorders in the playroom.

    • Apply comprehensive knowledge regarding the primary sensory and neurobiological functions that inform sensory-processing challenges (eg., vestibular deficits) and its impact in play therapy.

    • Identify differences between SPD and other childhood mental health disorders (eg. ADHD, Anxiety), and 3-5 unique challenges associated with this population that prove optimal treatment is achieved through play therapy.

    • Design 3-4 treatment goals for this unique population, assess when to refer to outside resources and how to collaborate with appropriate professionals to best assist families.

    • Analyze and practice at least 2 play therapy techniques/interventions for Proprioception needs, as well as create a sensory-lifestyle for a case example.

    • Analyze and practice at least 2 play therapy techniques/interventions for Vestibular & Interoception needs, as well as create a sensory-lifestyle for a case example.

    • Analyze and practice at least 2 play therapy techniques/interventions for Tactile needs, as well as create a sensory-lifestyle for a case example.

    • Analyze and practice at least 2 play therapy techniques/interventions for Auditory & Visual needs, as well as create a sensory-lifestyle for a case example.

    • Utilize skills to effectively communicate to parents the therapeutic necessity of utilizing sensory-based modalities, such as play therapy and sandtray therapy, for their children with sensory processing dysfunction.

    • Identify appropriate referral sources for SPD and determine appropriate optimal treatment is achieved through play therapy when resources are limited.

    • Apply comprehensive knowledge to support creation of a sensory lifestyle plan using play therapy/filial therapy techniques with parents/guardians.

    Cost for 2-day Training:

    STUDENTS - $150

    MEMBERS - $210

    NON- MEMBERS - $250


    CEU’s: 12 hours


    Presenter:

    Cary M. Hamilton, MA.MFT, LMHC-S, RPT-S, CMHS, CDWF, NCC

    Cary M. Hamilton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor- Supervisor, Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor and Child Mental Health Specialist and mother of two, including one with SPD. Trained by the STAR institute in Sensory Processing Disorder. She is an International & National trainer and educator on her specialized topics. She is the past president of WAAPT. Director and Professor of Play Therapy at Antioch University’s Play Therapy Certificate Program.


    Register here: https://www.orapt.com/about-orapt



    • February 01, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

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    Private Practice Essentials: The Nuts & Bolts of Play Therapy in Private Practice

    Presenter: Rosie Newman, LMHC, RPT-S
    Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
    Time: 9:30am - 2pm (4 CEUs*)
    Location: 8401 5th Ave NE, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98115
    Price: $110 (Training Only), $175 (Training Plus Editable Paperwork Bundle)

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    Approved CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work and by the Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider #18-545). These hours count for those working towards the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.

    Seattle Play Therapy provides mental health counseling for children and families. We are committed to providing quality play therapy services and now offer APT approved continuing education training to support the growth and development of fellow play therapists.


    • March 07, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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    Introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy
    Presenter: Rosie Newman, LMHC, RPT-S
    Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
    Time: 9:30am - 5pm (6 CEUs*)
    Location: 8401 5th Ave NE, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98115
    Price: $165

    Learn more

    Approved CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work and by the Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider #18-545). These hours count for those working towards the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.

    Seattle Play Therapy provides mental health counseling for children and families. We are committed to providing quality play therapy services and now offer APT approved continuing education training to support the growth and development of fellow play therapists.


    • March 20, 2020
    • March 21, 2020
    • Tacoma, WA
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    WAAPT Annual Conference

    March 20th-21st, 2020

    Tacoma, WA


    Registration Now Open!!

    Take advantage of our Early Bird rate for the

    2 day conference now through February 29th!


    Friday: Breakout Sessions - to be announced by Jan 31st

    Saturday: Keynote Speaker Dr. Yumiko Ogawa


    Saturday, March 21st:  Play Therapists without Borders: Promoting Play Therapists’ Multicultural Orientation presented by Yumiko Ogawa, PhD, LPC, ACS, RPT-S, Certified CCPT-S, Certified CPRT-S


    Schedule:

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

    9:00AM-12:15PM - Training

    12:15PM-1:15PM - Lunch is catered and included. (Vegan options will be available)

    1:15PM-4:30PM - Training Continued

    4:30PM - Training Concludes and CEs Issued


    Brief Biography: 

    Dr. Yumiko Ogawa is Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at New Jersey City University. She has over 20 years of experience in providing play therapy at various settings including schools, agencies, private practices, and disaster response sites. Last year, Dr. Ogawa partnered with KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) to provide play therapy to unaccompanied and undocumented minors. This collaborative project was recognized on the floor of the U.S. Congress.


    Description: According to the U.S Census in 2009, more than half of all children in the U.S. by 2025 will be minority children. This wave of diversity is reflected in our clinical setting and it is becoming immensely more necessary for play therapists to be multiculturally oriented. In this one day workshop, the presenter will discuss topics which can help play therapists be more attentive to cultural interpersonal dynamics between them and their child clients in order to conduct and conceptualize play therapy sessions more effectively. Those topics covered in this workshop include but are not limited to multicultural orientation of play therapists, cultural identity development in children, culturally responsive play therapy room, and cultural opportunities in play therapy.

    Learning Objectives: 

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

    1.      Describe at least three ways to create a culturally responsive play therapy room

    2.      Identify three pillars of multicultural orientation that should be demonstrated by play therapists

    3.      Name three factors that affect children’s racial/ethnic identity development

    4.      Name three components of a play theme in play therapy

    5.      Identify at least three elements that help play therapists effectively respond to cultural opportunities in play therapy.

    6.      Give three examples of how cultural issues in play therapy may come up in play therapy supervision.



    Friday, March 20th:

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

    9:00AM-10:00AM - First Sessions 

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

    12:15PM-1:15PM - Lunch is catered and included. (Vegan options will be available)

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

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

    ***You may choose between the 6 hour presentation OR attending 2 three hour presentations.

    Option 1: All Day Presentation

    History and Seminal Theories of Play Therapy presented by Cary McAdams Hamilton, LMHC, NCC, CMHS, RPT-S, CDWF

    Workshop length - 6 CEUs (this workshop is great for beginning play therapists and meets the new APT training requirements)

    Biography: Cary M. Hamilton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor- Supervisor, Child Mental Health Specialist, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. She is the past president of WAAPT. Director and Professor of Play Therapy at Antioch University’s Play Therapy Certificate Program.

    Workshop Overview - This presentation explores the history of play therapy and pioneers of the field. It will cover nine seminal and historically significant play therapy theories and models, which are foundational to learning clinical play therapy skills, per the new APT requirements.

    Workshop Abstract - There are nine seminal and historically significant play therapy theories which are crucial to developing a foundational knowledge of play therapy. Seminal theories include: Adlerian, Attachment, Child-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, Ecosystemic, Filial, Gestalt, Jungian, and Psychoanalytic. The newer theories will be briefly touched on for a thorough overview of the theories in the play therapy field.

    Learning Objectives

    1) Demonstrate knowledge of the history of play therapy

    2) Demonstrate knowledge of the therapeutic powers of play and therapeutic relationship in play therapy

    3) Demonstrate and articulate basic knowledge of seminal/historically significant play therapy theories and models 

    4) Identify and apply ethical practices in play therapy based on functioning from a play therapy theory. 

    5) Be able to identify (3) skills of seminal theories in practice 

    6) Be able to articulate reasons for choice of theory in practice 


    Option 2: Two Half Day Presentations

    Parental depression and the dyadic relationship: Using play to strengthen the attachment relationship in children ages 0-3.

    Workshop length - 3 CEUs (this workshop is great for intermediate to advanced level play therapists)

    BiographyMeyleen Velasquez, LCSW, RPT-S, PMH-C, specializes in infant and perinatal mental health. She has extensive training in play and relationship-based therapies. Meyleen is the current Chair of the FL Chapter of Postpartum Support International and is the past President of the FL APT.

    Workshop Overview Participants will learn how to integrate parents’ and caregivers' mental health into conceptualization and treatment of the attachment relationship and reflective functioning using play therapy.

    Workshop AbstractPerinatal depression referred to as the time frame between pregnancy and up to two years after the baby is born, affects one in seven birthing individuals and one in ten people identifying as a male parent (Fisher, Brock, O'Hara, Kopelman, & Stuart, 2015). When untreated, depression can create barriers to the quality of the relationship between a young child and their caregivers. These effects can have long-lasting consequences on the cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development of a young child (Bernier, Calkins, & Bell, 2016). Play therapists are in a unique position to observe parenting and caregiver functioning and to sensitively discuss concerns as they arise. This workshop will provide attendees with concrete tools to assess and discuss parental mental health concerns. Combining aspects of perinatal and infant mental health, play therapy, and cultural humility, participants will gain skills in how to support an increase in parental reflective functioning and on strengthening the attachment relationship in children ages 0-3. 

    Learning Objectives

    1) Participants will identify practical skills to assess parental depression and describe the adverse effects of untreated depression on the dyadic relationships.

    2) Participants will describe how play therapy tools are utilized to increase parental reflective capacity.

    3) Participants will utilize play therapy skills to strengthen the parent-child attachment relationship.

    4) Participants will apply practical dyadic play therapy skills for working with children ages 0-3.

    5) Participants will apply cultural humility and postmodern theory to increase ethical treatment when working with diverse families.

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

    12 APT & NBCC CLOCK HOUR CEUS PROVIDED (6 FRIDAY, 6 SATURDAY) 

    APT PROVIDER # 11-296

    NBCC/ACEP PROVIDER # 6777

    "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.

    Save even more by becoming a member of APT (www.a4pt.org)

    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.

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

Past events

January 24, 2020 British Columbia Play Therapy Association Conference
January 23, 2020 Seattle Area Networking Meeting
November 09, 2019 Seattle Area Networking Event
November 08, 2019 Idaho Play Therapy Annual Conference
October 19, 2019 NCRSS Annual Gathering
October 11, 2019 A brief introduction to AutPlay
October 10, 2019 Call for Proposals for 2020 Conference
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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