Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions

All presentations are live only.

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

 

Monday, June 21, 2021

8:30am - 12noon CDT
Creative Interventions for Anxiety Disorders - AM presentation
Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S

This workshop will review common anxiety disorders in childhood ranging from Separation Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Simple Phobias.  Participants will review organic and psychological conditions that can create anxiety in children. Various developmental symptoms of anxiety will then be explored to prepare for the afternoon section that will cover appropriate interventions for each stage.  This workshop will cover MANY Play Therapy techniques that can be put into practice immediately. We will review assessment methods that help children communicate their symptoms and develop appropriate coping skills. Experiential activities to help the child express feelings in a safe and effective manner will be used to help the participant gain insight into the child’s world. Creative Art activities that help children express feelings, get safety needs met, and develop relaxation skills will be covered.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify 3 contributors to anxiety in children.
2. Participants will be able to list 4 anxiety disorders common to childhood.
3. Participants will be able to identify the importance of “facing the fear”.
4. Participants will be able to list 10 play-based interventions to reduce/manage anxiety.

CE Hours: 
You will receive 3 total non-contact CE hours for this presentation.
For the purpose of Criteria Verification Forms for RPT Credentialing Applications, this training covers: 2 hours of Skills & Methods and 1 hour of Special Topics.

1:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
The Playful Parent: Engaging Parents in Play Therapy - PM presentation
Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S

When working with children, it can be beneficial to work with the parents or caregivers. However, engaging parents in play therapy can sometimes be a challenge. In this workshop, we will discover several ways to engage and inspire parents to appreciate the value of Play and Play Therapy. We will also cover the importance of a parent's role in the development of a child's self-concept.  Clinicians often struggle with the effects of a parent's role in a child's life. For most children, parents are a source of joy and happiness. However, for others, parents can be the source of much pain and disappointment. In this workshop, we will review the importance of a parent's role in the formation of a child's self-concept and review several ways in which we can inspire and motivate a parent to realize the positive impact that they have on their child's life. We will review a theoretical model to help parents understand the importance of playing with their child and the therapeutic value of play itself. A Developmental Model will be used to frame the theoretical orientation with a focus on play therapy skills. Experiential activities will be reviewed to help participants gain a better understanding of the therapeutic powers of play.  So accept this talk today and reconnect with the healing power of play. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify 5 Key people in the development of a child's Self-Concept.
2. Participants will be able to list 3 Relational impacts of Play.
3. Participants will be able to identify Parental Roadblocks to Play and Play Therapy.
4. Participants will be able to describe 3 benefits of Special Play Time with a Parent.
5. Participants will be able to list 4 Activities to help Engage Parents In Play.
6. Participants will be able to identify 3 Contraindications of involving a parent in the Play Therapy process.

CE Hours: 
You will receive 3 total non-contact CE hours for this presentation.
For the purpose of Criteria Verification Forms for RPT Credentialing Applications, this training covers: 2 hours of Skills & Methods and 1 hour of Special Topics.

Meet the Speaker

Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and one of the first Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors in Louisiana. He is the Director of K.I.D.Z., Inc., Louisiana's first Play Therapy Institute, where his practice is limited exclusively to children and adolescents and their families. During his 25+ years of practice, he has worked in various clinical settings and has extensive training in the field of Play Therapy. He has served on various committees for the Association for Play Therapy and is currently serving on the Board of Directors. He has created several therapeutic products for mental health professionals and is a published author and frequent guest on various media outlets. Mr. Riviere has also produced a series of parent training videos titled “Positive Parenting”.  

 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

9:00am - 4:30pm CDT
Trauma and Sand-Based Play Therapy
Marshall Lyles, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Trauma theory presents a case for understanding that traumatically held memories need to be handled with certain care. Sandtray-based play therapy, at its core, presents natural opportunities for such trauma-sensitive treatment planning. Attention to material selection and sandtray techniques from prompts to processing can be used to enhance trauma-informed concepts. This workshop will address these ideas while giving participants ample time for experiential practice.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to describe the trauma-sensitive components of sandtray-based play therapy.
2. Participants will be able to identify considerations for creating a trauma-sensitive sandtray space in your play therapy room.
3. Participants will be able to list at least three ways to establish safety in the therapeutic relationship using sandtray-based play therapy.
4. Participants will be able to create trauma-informed treatment plans for sandtray-based play therapy.
5. Participants will be able to discuss play therapy methods for processing sand world narratives that feature trauma elements.
6. Participants will be able to discuss person of the play therapist themes relevant to maintaining deep trauma work with clients.

CE Hours: 
You will receive 6 total non-contact CE hours for this presentation.
For the purpose of Criteria Verification Forms for RPT Credentialing Applications, this training covers: 1 hour of Seminal or Historically Significant Theories, 4 hours of Skills & Methods, and 1 hour of History

Meet the Speaker

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, has almost 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of mental health settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, and attachment-informed family work around the globe. In addition to maintaining a small clinical practice, Marshall also conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals who are pursuing EMDR certification and RPT status, often with a particular focus on the use of sandtray therapy. Marshall has published in professional journals and magazines in addition to contributing to the books Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment and EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach

 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

9:00am - 4:30pm CDT
Child-Centered Group Play Therapy
Yi-Ju Cheng, Ph.D., LPC (TX/NJ), NCC, RPT, Certified CCPT/CPRT Supervisor
Dee C. Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, Certified CCPT/CPRT Supervisor

Child-centered group play therapy (CCGPT) is a developmentally appropriate modality for children experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral issues. CCGPT integrates child-centered play therapy (CCPT) and group therapy, which increases the complexity of its implementation and therefore requires advanced knowledge of play therapists. In the process of CCGPT, children have the opportunity to develop relationship with the play therapist and relationships with other group members. These therapeutic experiences release each child’s potential toward growth and positive changes. This workshop will address the philosophies, implementation, considerations, and skills important for facilitating effective CCGPT process.

Learning Objectives:

1.    Participants will be able to describe the theoretical philosophies and principles of CCGPT. 
2.    Participants will be able to describe the process of CCGPT. 
3.    Participants will be able to describe special considerations in CCGPT. 
4.    Participants will be able to discuss three considerations for CCGPT group composition. 
5.    Participants will be able to identify verbal skills distinctive in conducting CCGPT.
6.    Participants will be able to identify nonverbal skills important in conducting CCGPT.

CE Hours: 
You will receive 6 total non-contact CE hours for this presentation.
For the purpose of Criteria Verification Forms for RPT Credentialing Applications, this training covers: 2 hours of Seminal or Historically Significant Theories and 4 hours of Skills & Methods.

Meet the Speakers

Yi-Ju Cheng, Ph.D., LPC (TX, NJ), NCC, RPT, Certified CCPT-S; Certified CPRT-S is an Assistant Professor of the Counseling Services Programs at Rider University. She has worked clinically in schools, private practice, and community agencies. Yi’s research interests and recent publications center on individual and group play therapy, adolescent counseling, and multicultural-related issues in the counseling profession. She serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling and as a reviewer for the Association for Play Therapy Magazine. She is a current board member of the Research committee and University Education committee for the Association for Play Therapy. Yi is also a board member for the New Jersey Association for Play Therapy. Yi serves as a trainer for the international certification program for Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy.

Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, Certified CCPT-S, Certified CPRT-S is Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Elaine Millikan Mathes Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Counseling Program and Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Ray has published over 120 articles, chapters, and books in the field of play therapy, specializing in research specifically examining the process and effects of Child-Centered Play Therapy.  Dr. Ray is author of A Therapist’s Guide to Development: The Extraordinarily Normal Years, Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice, Child-Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual, and co-author of Group Play Therapy and Child-Centered Play Therapy Research. 
She is a founding board member and past president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, as well as current board member of the Association for Play Therapy. She is founding editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, American Counseling Association Fellow, and recipient of the American Counseling Association Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award, Association for Humanistic Counseling Educator Award, Association for Play Therapy Outstanding Research Award, Top 25 Women Professors in Texas Award, and many others.

 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

9:00am - 4:30pm CDT
Play Therapy Through a Neurosequential Lens
Kim Vander Dussen, Psy.D., RPT-S

In this workshop participants will be exposed to the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics to the conceptualization and application of play therapy treatment. Participants will have the opportunity to experience interventions designed to target disorganization and dysregulation in different regions of the brain.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to describe basic regions of the brain and how their functions manifest in symptoms and behavior in children in play therapy treatment.
2. Participants will be able to describe the sequence of engagement described by Dr. Bruce Perry and the relationship this has to play therapy treatment planning. 
3. Participants will be able to describe how the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics supports play therapy treatment. 
4. Participants will be able to identify at least 2 specific play therapy techniques for each dysregulated region of the brain described.
5. Participants will be able to experience how playful multisensory play activities promote self-regulation.
6. Participants will be able to describe how co-regulation facilitates the development of self-regulation.

CE Hours: 
You will receive 6 total non-contact CE hours for this presentation.
For the purpose of Criteria Verification Forms for RPT Credentialing Applications, this training covers: 2 hours of Play Therapy Skills and Method and 4 Hours of Play Therapy Special Topics

Meet the Speaker

 

Kim Vander Dussen, Psy. D., RPT-S is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of  Professional Psychology | Irvine.  There she serves as full-time faculty member and Coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Psychology concentration in the program. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Play Therapy and former President of the California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy.  Dr. Vander Dussen is a licensed psychologist and registered play therapist and supervisor. She is certified in EMDR and as a Level 1 clinician in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics developed by the Child Trauma Academy.  She has certificates in Play Therapy and Infant and Toddler Mental Health.  Dr. Vander Dussen also serves on the faculty of UCSD’s Play Therapy Certificate Program.  She is in private practice and specializes in the treatment of trauma, attachment, and children with developmental disabilities and a frequent presenter at local and national conferences on child and adolescent related topics.  

 

Friday, June 25, 2021

9:00am - 4:30pm CDT
The Practical Side of Ethics and Working with Families in Play Therapy
Jenifer Balch, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, CAS, Certified CCPT/CPRT Supervisor

As a play therapist, working with families often involves complex and complicated situations, however, it can lead to important and helpful outcomes for the children we serve. This presentation will focus on understanding both logistical and clinical aspects of working with families while adhering to ethical and legal guidelines. The presenter will review best practices related to paperwork, intake appointments, ongoing parent consultations, and other aspects of the play therapy process. The workshop will include case examples and discussion of strategies to use when working with families in play therapy. Topics will include navigating custody disputes, communication, confidentiality, boundaries, telehealth, and more!

Learning Objectives:
1.    Participants will be able to identify legal and ethical guidelines for working with families, including guidelines specific to the state of Texas.
2.    Participants will be able to describe best practices related to paperwork, parent consultations, and other aspects of the play therapy process
3.    Participants will be able to discuss confidentiality in a way that protects and respects all family members involved in the play therapy process.
4.    Participants will be able to identify strategies to use for successfully working with separated or divorced parents throughout the play therapy process.
5.    Participants will be able to describe helpful communication skills to use with parents.
6.    Participants will be able to identify ethical considerations related to telehealth.

CE Hours: 
You will receive 6 total non-contact CE hours for this presentation.
For the purpose of Criteria Verification Forms for RPT Credentialing Applications, this training covers: 6 hours of Play Therapy Special Topics

This workshop meets requirements for general and TX ethics CE hours

Meet the Speaker 

Jenifer Balch, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, CAS, Certified CCPT/CPRT Supervisor is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the state of Texas and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She is the Chief Clinical Officer of University Park Counseling & Testing Center, PLLC, and has over 15 years of experience counseling children and families. Dr. Balch is also an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University and is dedicated to helping future counselors, both as a teacher and a supervisor. Additionally, Dr. Balch is a Certified Autism Specialist and has extensive training and experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

 
Due to the confidentiality and nature of topics presented, children (of any age) will not be permitted to any conference workshops.