IDAPT Annual Conference

Idaho Association for Play Therapy 2020 Annual Conference

Date: March 6 & 7
Time:  8:30 registration, training from 9 to 4:30 with a lunch break
Place:  La Quinta Towne Square –  7965 Emerald St, Boise, ID 83704
Price:  $200.00 both days, $125.00 for one day, or $65.00 for Ethics only or Supervision class only.
CEU hours:  12
Friday: Ethics and Supervision presented by Sean Nixon LCPC, RPT
Keynote Speaker: Michael Whitehead PhD, LMFT, RPT

Friday, March 6, 2020 9:00am-12:30pm – Sean Nixon LCPC, RPT

The Ethics of Self-Care and individual awareness, and the impact it has on Play.

This 3 hours presentation on Ethics, will cover the ethical requirements within the helping professions for self-care.  The presenter will offers ways to evaluate each attendee’s individual awareness of self-care and develop a short term and long term plan for Self-care.  Material covered will look at the ethical codes, definitions and common language of Self-Care. Presentation will be a combination of lecture, small group engagement and self-care strategies.

Learning Objectives

      1. Attendees will learn where Ethical requirements for self-care are found in professional associations Code of Ethics and Idaho State Statues and Rules.
      2. Attendees will be able to list at least three reasons why self-care is a necessary component of Professional Ethics.
      3. Attendees will identify and list four areas of personal development for self-care.
      4. Attendees will develop one measurable goal for each need area.

Friday, March 6, 2020 2:00pm-5:15pm

Playful Supervision – going beyond the basics when looking for or providing clinical supervision.

This 3 hours presentation on advanced supervision will look at the beyond the basic needs of supervisors and supervisees looking for clinical development.  Presentation will help supervisors and supervises identify what they need in supervision, what they don’t need in supervision and how to keep everyone accountable.  Presentation will be a combination of lecture, group discussion, task completion and group sharing and demonstration of advanced playful supervision techniques.

Learning Objectives

      1. Attendees will be able to self-identify at least 3 needs they have for supervision and for supervising.
      2. Attendees will be able to develop a written plan of current strengths and current needs for supervision, with measurable goals and measurable assessment of goals.
      3. Attendees will be able to facilitate at least two playful supervision techniques.
Saturday Keynote Speaker: Taming Buffaloes – A Systemic Play Therapy Approach to Treating Disruptive Behavior Disorders.

Picture of MichaelFeaturing:  Michael Whitehead, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S

BIO:  Michael Whitehead, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S received his B.S. in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University in 2007, his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University in 2009, and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University in 2016. The combination of his training in child development and Marriage and Family Therapy help give Dr. Whitehead a unique view of the family, how problems develop, and are treated. He primarily works with the whole family to find solutions to problems that are manifesting in one or more of the family members. Dr. Whitehead is currently in full-time clinical practice at Aspen Grove Family Therapy in Twin Falls, Idaho. He also teaches part time in Northcentral University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. He has presented at the local and national level on topics ranging from parenting, behavior management, divorce, general family therapy, and play therapy. He also co-
authored a chapter on treating disruptive behavior disorders in the upcoming series “The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy”. His passion is making sure children with disruptive behavior disorders are treated compassionately and effectively.

Title: Taming Buffaloes: A Systemic Play Therapy Approach to Treating Disruptive Behavior Disorders.

Description:  Disruptive Behavior Disorders (ADHD, ODD, CD, ASD, etc.) tend to be the most sought out concerns for families and schools (Crane, Malloy, & Parker, 2016), yet therapists tend to shy away from these cases (Bird, Canino, Davies, Zhang, Ramirez, & Lahey, 2001).

A review of important Family System Principles and specific Play Therapy Techniques informs an approach at treating DBD’s systemically. Over 50 years of research tells us how to help children with these disorders (Granic & Patterson, 2006; ), yet most of the interventions that are still used actually perpetuate the problem (Bearss, Johnson, & Smith, 2015) Kaminski & Claussen (2017) continue to find that the most important aspect of treating DBD’s is having a systemically informed multi-modal treatment approach.

Using a theory driven approach, participants will explore how circular causality, triangulation, and paradoxical interdependence reinforce disruptive behaviors. The presenter will use the metaphor of taming buffalo’s to demonstrate how key principles of child-centered play therapy, filial play therapy, and directed play therapy utilize these systemic ideas to create renewed homeostasis for families with a child(ren) who have disruptive behaviors. The presenter will showcase via video-recorded sessions how this is possible.

Upon completion of the presentation participants will –

  1. Describe 3 family systems principles pertinent to disruptive behaviors,
  2. Identify the systemic nature of disruptive behaviors and utilize play therapy
    interventions systemically,
  3. Discuss current play therapy research on interventions for disruptive behavior
  4. Identify and discuss the coercion cycle and its application to play therapy,
  5. Identify the role of the play therapist at involving parents and extra-systemic
    adults in play therapy,
  6. Identify and utilize appropriate filial/directive/child-centered play therapy
    tools for disruptive behavior, and
  7. Demonstrate through role play, the use of play therapy tools in various

This program has been approved for 12 hours for LSW level,   12 hours for LMSW level and/or 12 hours at the LCSW-Clinical level by the National Association of Social Workers-Idaho Chapter, and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for social work license renewal.