Workshop Descriptions

Monday and Tuesday, July 17-18th, 2017 (9:00am- 4:30pm)

Using Expressive Arts in Play Therapy: Trauma-Informed Practice

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, REAT

6 CE hours/day

This two-day workshop covers the basics about using expressive arts in play therapy as trauma-informed practice including neurodevelopment, safety, self-regulation, somatic approaches, cultural sensitivity and resilience-building. The emphasis is on applications of expressive arts therapies and creative interventions in resilience building and posttraumatic growth, establishing and supporting healthy attachment, and developing empathy. Participants will learn a variety of evidence-based activities to incorporate into trauma-informed, resiliency-building play therapy with children, adolescents, and families. Throughout this workshop, participants will engage in creative writing and simple expressive arts activities to gain hands-on experience. By the end of the two days, play therapists will have a practical foundation in trauma-informed expressive arts and leave with a variety of resources on creative approaches to apply in their work.

Note: For those professionals who want to complete a Level One Certificate in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, you can take an additional online 12 continuing education hours with the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute at



1. Define at least 5 components of trauma-informed art therapy and play therapy 

2. Define 3 ways play therapy can become a trauma-informed approach 

3. Identify at least 2 art and play-based interventions to establish safety, for self-regulation, as approaches to mindfulness and for evaluation of trauma. 

4. Define how neurodevelopment is related to the "expressive therapies continuum" and how that can be related in art and play therapy practice. 

5. Define at least 3 characteristics of "posttraumatic success" as it presents in an art and play therapy practice 

6. Identify at least 3 art and play- based interventions to support resilience



Cathy Malchiodi is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare. She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and has had over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health. She is the founder, director, and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, dedicated to teaching trauma-informed intervention that integrates neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology. In particular, it supports the use of creative arts therapies including art therapy, music therapy and movement therapy, play therapy, integrative expressive arts therapies, and mind-body approaches for recovery and wellness in children, adults and families. 


Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 (9:00am- 4:30pm)

Understanding the Deeper Meaning of Children's Play—A Jungian Analytical Play Therapy Perspective

John Paul Lilly, MS, LCSW, RPT-S 

6 CE hours

This workshop is intended to provide advanced play therapists a cursory understanding of Jungian Analytical Play Therapy with the intention to provide them with a relevant model and structure by which they can deepen their understanding of children's therapeutic play. 



1. Gain a clear understanding of the development of a child's psyche

2. Gain a clear understanding of the development of a complex and proto-complex

3. Gain a clear understanding of the archetypal material involved in complex formation

4. Gain a clear understanding of the symbolic nature of toys

5. Gain a clear understanding of the connection between the thematic application of the toys and the child's complex related issues

6. Gain an understanding of a child's work and the process of transformation

7. Gain an understanding of the therapist's role as witness, container, and interpreter 



JP Lilly, MS, LCSW, RPT-S is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist/ Supervisor in private practice. He is published in books and journals, and taught at Brigham Young University in the graduate schools of Clinical Psychology, Social Work, and MFT for seventeen years.


Thursday, July 20th, 2017 (9:00am- 4:30pm)

Facilitating Hope and Resilience in Play Therapy with Complex Trauma

David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S 

6 CE hours

Hope is vital for all persons and is considered to be the cornerstone of all psychotherapy. Hope can also be dangerous.  Working with hope and facilitating resilience both admirable goals for the play therapist is a delicate operation.  Many play therapists are unaware of the pitfalls.  This workshop will make explicit the pitfalls and how to avoid them.  Play therapy is more, way more than a package of clever techniques, games, and strategies. This workshop in addition to sharing specific interventions to increase hope and foster resilience will emphasize laying a solid foundation based on the rich and complex therapy process.  Therapeutic presence, unflinching empathy, unwavering commitment, expanding the window of affect tolerance, warmth, and genuineness are some of the components of therapeutic process that will be emphasized in this presentation.  While participants will take home specific techniques to use with child and adolescent clients, they will also increase their appreciation of "being" as well as "doing" in therapy.  The presenter has been greatly inspired and influenced by the teachings of Dr. Garry Landreth in advocating for an appreciation of the complexities that result in a rich, creative, and unique encounter between child and therapist that can be truly transformative.



1. Describe how hope under certain therapeutic conditions in play therapy can be dangerous

2. Explain how lack of attunement in play therapy can leave child clients feeling that their suffering is trivialized

3. Describe at least three specific interventions in play therapy to enhance resilience and increase hopefulness

4. Describe at least five features of the therapeutic process in play therapy that lay the foundation for progress

5. Describe at least three play therapy interventions in the Coping Track

6. Describe at least three play therapy interventions in the Invitational Track (from Crenshaw and Mordock, Play Therapy Decision Grid)



David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D. is Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie and has taught graduate courses in play therapy at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and Marist College. He is Past-President of the New York Association for Play Therapy, a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist; a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor.  Dr. Crenshaw from 1977-2013 was in private practice in Rhinebeck, NY and Founder of Rhinebeck Child and Family Center, LLC. 


Friday, July 21st, 2017 (9:00am- 12:00pm)

The Ethics in Play Therapy in a Changing World

Jeff Ashby, PhD 

3 Ethics CE hours

A number of changes in culture (e.g., social media) and mental health practice (e.g., managed care) have offered new ethical challenges for play therapists.  Using case examples, discussion, and lecture, participants in this workshop will consider how their ethical codes relate to new issues and challenges of the age.  Special emphasis will be placed on developing professionals’ understanding of decision-making processes used in arriving at ethical courses of action in the context of these changes.  The workshop will highlight issues informed consent, confidentiality, and boundaries/multiple relationships.  



1. Apply the ethical construct of informed consent across a variety of play therapy settings.

2. Apply the ethical construct of confidentiality across a variety of play therapy settings.

3. Apply the ethical construct of multiple relationships across a variety of play therapy settings.


Friday, July 21st, 2017 (1:00- 4:30pm)

Play Therapist Self-Care: Emotional Competence and Sanity

Jeff Ashby, PhD 

3 CE hours

Play therapists consistently extend themselves on behalf of the clients they serve.  In the hectic world of providing therapy and consultation to clients, play therapists often neglect their own well-being.  The results can include vicarious traumatization, extreme stress, and burnout.  In this experiential workshop we’ll learn and practice self-care techniques that can assist the play therapist in maintaining the ethical mandate of emotional competence in practice.   



1.  Summarize the ethical mandate to practice competently.

2.  Practice self-care strategies designed to enhance emotional competence.

3.  Design a personal self-care plan for emotional competence.


Saturday, July 22nd: Jeff Ashby (9:00am- 4:30pm)

Sounds like fun!! Play Therapy with Pre-teen and Teen Clients

Jeff Ashby, PhD 

6 CE hours

Be prepared for fun while learning play therapy, adventure therapy, and expressive art techniques; directive sand tray activities; Adlerian concepts and strategies; and life coaching interventions to help preteens and teens gain a sense of belonging and positive identity, increase self-esteem, build relationships, and learn to share power.  You will also learn strategies for helping families of tweens and teens improve communication and interactional patterns.  



1.  Identify primary issues and challenges of working with latency and adolescent age clients in play therapy.

2.  Use selected play therapy techniques with pre-adolescent and adolescent clients.

4.  Use selected adventure/experiential therapy techniques with pre-adolescent and adolescent clients (and/or their families).



Dr. Jeff Ashby is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University.  He is the Training Director of Georgia State’s American Psychological Association Accredited Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program, a Licensed Psychologist, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.  In addition, Dr. Ashby is the Director of the Georgia State University Play Therapy Training Institute and the Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience. He is the author of over 90 professional journal articles and book chapters and regularly presents at professional conferences including the International Association of Play Therapy, the American Psychological Association, and the American Counseling Association.  Jeff lives in Atlanta with his wife and four children (a constant adventure).