|7:30 – 8:30 am||Registration, Breakfast, & Exhibit Hall Opens|
|8:30 – 9:30 am||Opening Presentation – Lagniappe with TAPT Board (1 CE)|
|9:30 – 10:00 am||Break & Exhibits|
|10:00 – 11:30 am||Morning Sessions (A; 1.5 CEs)|
|11:30 am – 12:00 pm||Break & Exhibits|
|12:00 – 1:30 pm||Lunch|
|1:30 – 3:00 pm||Afternoon Sessions (B & C; 1.5 CEs)|
|3:00 – 3:30 pm||Break & Exhibits|
|3:30 – 5:00 pm||Afternoon Sessions (B & D; 1.5 CEs)|
|5:15 – 6:15 pm||Friday Closing Keynote: Celebrating Play Therapy with Caregivers and Families (1 CE)|
|6:30 – 8:00 pm||Laissez Les Bons Temps Networking Reception|
Lagniappe with the TAPT Board – 8:30 – 9:30 am
The TAPT Board will welcome you to the 2018 TAPT Conference. We will discuss some exciting things going on in TAPT, plans for the conference, and upcoming opportunities to get involved in APT and local chapters. Come join us for “a little something extra” with the TAPT Board!
Workshops are listed as either Foundational (F), General Interest (I), Advanced (A) or Supervision (S).
Morning Sessions – 10:00 – 11:30 am
Going Off Script: Case Studies in Advanced Child-Centered Play Therapy (A)
Chelsea Yurkovich, MS, LPC, RPT & Kirsten Kram, MS, LPC-Intern
Through presentation of advanced child-centered play therapy approaches, presenters will demonstrate methods to tackle difficult situations in the playroom. Presenters will provide video examples of troublesome situations that arise within individual and group play therapy as well as parent consultations.
Taking Play Therapy Out of the Play Room: The Art of Bridging Play Therapy to Non-Traditional Settings (F)
Janie Stubblefield, MA, LPC-S, Rebecca Hogg, MA, LPC-Intern, Misty Solt, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
This experiential based workshop will help in setting up your Play Therapy area in almost any setting, big or small, whether you provide sessions in an agency, private practice, a client’s home, medical setting, or in elementary and behavioral schools.
An Explorative Look at Therapy Dogs in Play Sessions (I)
Lindsay Talley, MA, LPC-Intern, Leslie Jones, PhD, LPC-S, RPT
This workshop will be an interactive look at incorporating a therapy dog into child-centered play therapy (CCPT), including videos of canine-assisted play. Discussions on play room set-up, limit-setting, and considerations of safety will be included.
How to Ensure Your Color Chart Stays on Green: Ethics for School-Based Play Therapists (I)
Ryan Holliman, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, Pedro J. Blanco, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, Stephen Armstrong, PhD, LPC-S
Play therapy in schools can be challenging and leave therapists feeling isolated. School therapists often find themselves facing unique ethical dilemmas. This presentation includes an overview of ethics in schools, ethical decision models, and guidance on the unique ethical challenges.
BREAK – 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
LUNCH – 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Options: One 3-hour session or two 1.5-hour sessions
3-HOUR SESSIONS – 1:30 – 5:00 PM
Integrating Play Therapy with EMDR (I)
Marshall Lyles, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S & Robyn Gobbel, MSW, LCSW
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has become a mainstay in the treatment of trauma. This workshop will aid participants in understanding how EMDR can be integrated with play therapy when working with children and families.
Combining Neurobiology, the Gender Spectrum, and Advanced Play Therapy Techniques: Tools for Helping Boys (I)
Sean Garner, MA, LPC
This presentation examines how the fields of neurobiology and gender studies intersect to inform how advanced play therapy techniques, art-based interventions and experiential activities can be used when working with little boys and their families.
Play Therapy for Sensory Dysregulated Children (I)
Angela Medellin, Med, LPC-S, RPT
Working with children who have sensory processing disorders can be challenging. Often time’s children go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Many children who have sensory processing disorders also have other mental health disorders such as autism, ADHD, learning challenges, and severe anxiety. Additionally, parents report difficulty with their child’s ability to self-regulate and often time’s traditional behavioral interventions and strategies do not seem to work for many families.
Court Related Issues: The Implications, Ethics, and Best Practices of Play Therapists Working with Clients Who are Involved in Litigation (F)
Jenny Gomez, MS, LPC-S, RPT-S & Ruben Gomez, MA, LPC
Play therapists are often pulled into the complicated, high-conflict legal matters with which their clients are dealing. This presentation seeks to help therapist navigate the possible forensic issues such as court orders, subpoenas, records requests, and communicating with attorneys.
1.5-HOUR SESSIONS – 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Termination in Child-Centered Play Therapy: The Importance of Saying Good-bye to the Therapeutic Relationship (I)
Lydia Kasmoch, MA, LPC
Grounded in Child-Centered Play Therapy, this presentation will explore best practices for terminating the therapeutic relationship. Drawn from recent literature and case examples this presentation will explore ways to determine client readiness for termination and art interventions that can be utilized.
Directive Play Therapy Mindfulness Techniques (I)
Earley Ullrich, MSSW, LCSW-S, RPT-S
In this workshop, you will learn benefits of directive play therapy mindfulness techniques, learn and practice numerous directive play therapy mindfulness techniques you can use immediately with clients and have a quick overview of research that supports this practice.
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy in the Reunification Process: Working with Parent and CPS (F)
Damian McClintock, MA, LPC-Intern
The presenter will elaborate on CPRT and how this filial play therapy model can be used to develop healthy and empathic relationships between parents and children in the reunification process with open CPS cases.
Integrating Attachment Theory into Clinical Practice (I)
Karen Taheri, PhD, LPC-RPT
This workshop focuses on integrating knowledge of Attachment Theory into clinical play therapy practice, from intake through termination. An overview of the basics of Attachment Theory, methods for engaging caregivers in play therapy, as well as a model for integrating knowledge of Attachment Theory throughout clinical practice will be provided; specific stages of integration will be discussed.
1.5-HOUR SESSIONS – 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Playful and Creative Approaches in Strength-Based Approaches to Therapy (I)
Becky Taylor, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S
A hands-on solution-focused approach to play therapy is presented using expressive approaches at each stage of therapy to provide for those who may not have a strong command of language, have learning differences, and/or have suffered trauma.
From Anxious to Autonomous: A Child-Centered Approach to Separation Anxiety (I)
Jasandra Oeffinger, MA, LPC
Working with preschool-aged children who experience severe separation anxiety presents several challenges. Through the use of case study, this interactive workshop provides you with the knowledge and understanding needed to overcome those challenges and facilitate growth through child-centered play therapy.
Trauma Informed Play Therapy Interventions (I)
Leslie Boutte, MS, LPC, RPT & Ana Guzmán, MS, LPC
Trauma (including physical and sexual abuse) presents unique challenges in the playroom. Attendees will learn trauma informed play therapy interventions to use with traumatized children, including integration of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and working with caregivers and families.
Initiating Meaningful Supervision Through the Use of Themes (A, S)
Kimberly King, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S & Chelsea Yurkovich, MS, LPC-RPT
This workshop is intended for advanced play therapists to learn ways to supervise through the use of play themes and their meaning. Attendees will get a live demonstration of how the supervisor guides therapists in obtaining more meaningful and deeper sessions with their supervisees.