IDAPT Annual Conference

Idaho Association for Play Therapy 2019 Annual Conference

Date: November 8 & 9
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:  $250.00
CEU hours:  12
Keynote Speaker: Holly Willard

Title: Worry Less, Play More! Using Play Therapy to Treat Anxiety.

Studio 5 - helping our daughters not be mean girls.Featuring:  Holly Willard, LCSW RPT-S

BIO: Holly Willard LCSW, RPT-S is the owner of Grandview Family Counseling, a private practice in Bountiful, Utah. Holly Willard completed her Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2000 and received her LCSW in 2002.  Since that time, she has worked in various clinical settings from school counseling, residential care, foster-care, outpatient clinics and private practice. Holly Willard has extensive background working with children, teens and families.  Holly is a contributor to local television news and radio.  She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and presents nationally on play therapy topics.  Holly Willard currently serves on the Utah Play Therapy Board.

Title: Worry Less, Play More! Using Play Therapy to Treat Anxiety.

Description:  Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children. A recent nationwide study found on average, children today are more nervous than children thirty years ago. Upwards 20 percent of children and adolescents suffer from anxiety disorders.  Play therapy has been shown to be very effective with anxiety issues. The curative power of play therapy allows clients to confront worries in a safe and supportive environment.

In this workshop we will be exploring effective play therapy treatments for anxiety. The workshop will teach typical symptoms of anxiety and explore possible contributing factors.  The training will introduce numerous interventions that can be used in a variety of settings:  individual, family, group or school settings.  Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy methods will be taught to challenge negative thoughts. Interventions will teach coping strategies to decrease anxiety using play therapy. We will address the importance of involving caregivers and methods to include the parents in the therapy.  Interventions will be taught using experiential and interactive methods.


1.    At the end of the workshop,  participants be able to describe the typical symptoms of anxiety in children and possible contributing factors.

2.    At the end of the workshop,  participants be able to describe theoretical models Play Therapy that are effective with treating anxiety and also, be able to identify appropriate use of the different Play Therapy approaches.

3.    At the end of the workshop,  participants be able to cite over ten specific Play Therapy interventions to address anxiety in children.

4. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to cite three methods to include parents in the therapeutic process.

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.

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