IDAPT sponsors professional development for it members and other mental health providers. IDAPT sponsored, statewide, training opportunities are approved for continuing education and will be listed on the APT site. The Association for Play Therapy accepts play therapy credit to satisfy it’s Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Supervisor (RPT-S) credentialing criteria for trainings offered by ONLY APT Approved Providers. IDAPT is an approved provider. Trainings may also be approved by other mental health disciplines for licensure or certification purposes. Each training event will note the continuing education hours it is awarding. IDAPT is committed to assisting our members in locating valuable and approved trainings near to home, with the goal of assisting professionals in obtaining their RPT and RPT-S certification. In addition to IDAPT sponsored trainings, we will post other sponsored trainings on our website to get the word out to potential members and professionals who wish to obtain their play therapy certification.
Kade Sharp (he/they) is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker practicing in Richland, Washington at Spectrum Counseling. He is also a Registered Play Therapist and Child Mental Health Specialist. Kade has a clinical focus on working with autistic and transgender folks of all ages, especially those with anxiety challenges.
Gain an understanding of basic terminology relating to gender expansive youth and diagnostic criteria for Gender Dysphoria. Be informed culturally as to what challenges and experiences they may face. Discuss and explore therapeutic techniques for youth and ways to support caregivers within a Play Therapy framework.
The presentation will begin with a brief overview of transgender social and clinical history,
terminology, and the differences between sexuality and gender identity. Participants will then be informed of cultural experiences and challenges that gender expansive youth may face. We will discuss gender exploration in play, with a focus on common themes, and activities and interventions designed to help explore gender identity and build a strong sense of self. The presentation will also include a framework for supporting caregivers. Participants are invited to bring questions and hypothetical scenarios; case vignettes will be discussed in lieu of participant discussion, if necessary.
1. Participants will learn the basic terminology to understand Gender Dysphoria and
transgender/gender diverse youth that may attend sessions with a Play Therapist.
2. Participants will learn a brief history of gender and Gender Dysphoria, with a focus on
cultural implications for treating youth in therapy and with Play Therapy techniques.
3. Participants will learn different Play Therapy activities designed to be culturally
competent and relevant to transgender/gender diverse youth and families.
4. Participants will learn a framework to support caregivers of transgender/gender diverse