IDAPT Annual Conference

Idaho Association for Play Therapy 2018 Annual Conference

March 8th-10th, 2018

Foothills Christian Church
9655 W State St
Garden City, ID  83714


 Sheila Sturgeon Freitas, PhD


Dan Bayly, LCPC, RPT-S


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  • “Ethics” 4:30-8:00 presented by Trina Fischer-Szeles and Caren Loomis
  • “Intro to Play Therapy” 4:30 – 8:00 by Dan Bayly

(Thursday night “Intro to Play Therapy” is open to all who would like to attend regardless of role, professional status, etc.  This is free to anyone and everyone who would like to attend.  If anyone who attends would like to attend the rest of the conference at that time, they may still receive the early-bird discount.)


  •  “Play Therapy with the Highly Sensitive Child”  8:30 – 10:00 am by Kami Cornwall LPC (1.5 CEU’s)
  • “Case Conceptualization in Play Therapy” 10:30 am – 12:00 pm by Dan Bayly LCPC, RPT-S (1.5 CEU’s)
  • “Play Therapy Across the Lifespan” 8:30 am – 12:00 pm by Jackie Sabo, LCPC, RPT (3 CEU’s)
  • “Trauma and the Brain for Play Therapists” 1:00 – 4:30 pm by Sheila Sturgeon Freitas PhD (3 CEU’s)


  • “The Neuroscience of Play” 8:30 am – 4:30 pm by Dan Bayly LCPC, RPT-S (6 CEU’s)

Costs will be as follows:

Students: Ethics = FREE
Conference attendance = $150.00
(increases by $25.00 after Feb 15)

Members: Ethics = Free
Conference attendance = $210.00
(increases by $25.00 after Feb 15)

Non-Members: Ethics = $45.00
Conference attendance = $225.00
(increases by $25.00 after Feb 15)

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Nearby Hotels:  Hilton Garden Inn, Boise/Eagle
SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Boise


Meet Our Presenters

Sheila Sturgeon Freitas PhD

Dr. Freitas is a licensed clinical psychologist and has extensive experience working with children, teens, adults, and families of all ages across a variety of areas. Having received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 1998 and her Doctorate in 2005. She carries specific specialization in complex trauma, abuse, adoption, attachment issues, PTSD, foster care and bereavement. She has extensive training and experience working with sexual abuse victims, abuse-reactive children, attachment disordered, non-protective parents and other members of their families (children through adults).

Because she focused her graduate education, research, clinical training and employment in the areas of heavy trauma and attachment, she developed specialized clinical skills from which to approach the treatment of trauma. She has continued growing this specialization with ongoing focused training from national experts, as well as keeping abreast with the trauma-treatment and the trauma-neurobiology literature. She now has more than 20 years of focused education, knowledge and experience within these areas on which to draw.

Dan Bayly, LCPC, RPT-S

Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, and is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD at Washington State University in the fields of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Human Development.  His research interests are focused on the benefits of play in neurodevelopment, especially as it relates to ADHD.  He has also conducted research and is published in the field of human animal interactions and animal assisted therapies.

Dan has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, substance abuse treatment, adult detention centers, child and adolescent residential treatment centers, university counseling centers, animal assisted counseling programs, and is currently the clinical director of Paradise Creek Counseling and Consulting, a child and family focused practice in Moscow, Idaho.

From this unique combination of interdisciplinary education and experience, Dan is able to provide well-rounded, easily adaptable concepts for his presentations.  He is an informed and engaging speaker who has presented at conferences, educational settings, and professional development seminars including the American Psychological Association annual conference, the Idaho Counseling Association, the Washington Counseling Association, The Bustad Symposium, hospital and healthcare settings, and multiple universities and colleges.  Dan enjoys presenting, educating and, as frequently as possible, incorporates interactive, hands on activities during his presentations.