Joint IDAPT and WAPT 2023 Fall Conference

IMPORTANT NOTE: Sadly due to low registration numbers, this training had to be cancelled. We are working with the presenter and our respective boards to find another time to welcome him back. All previously registered participants have been refunded.

The Idaho Association for Play Therapy and the Washington Association for Play Therapy are pleased to announce JP Lilly as our presenter for a two day (12 Contact CE’s) joint association conference!

About the Presenter

John Paul Lilly MS, LCSW, RPT/S

John Paul “JP” Lilly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor in private practice in Provo, Utah. He has authored numerous clinical articles published in reputable journals, written chapters on theory and practice in several books, and taught Play Therapy at Brigham Young University for 18 years in the graduate schools of Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Social Work.

He is the Founder of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), Inc., a 501-c3 organization that provides volunteer aid, comfort, and support to abused children. JP served as a member of the International Board of Directors for more than twenty years for BACA. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for The Association for Play Therapy (1997-2000), and is presently at the start of another term on the Board. He is recognized as an expert in the field of play therapy, specifically teaching and lecturing on Jungian Analytical Play Therapy nationally and internationally. He also provides supervision to other play therapists who desire to increase their proficiency within the field.

Program Description

Jungian Analytical Play Therapy: A Deeper Understanding of Children’s Play

This two-day presentation will focus on the development of the psyche of children from a Jungian Analytical perspective:  Issues of ego development, consciousness, unconsciousness, the collective conscious, the collective unconscious, archetypes, the Ego-Self Axis, and complex formulation will be explained. Symptoms will then be examined within the context of the theory to illustrate how symptoms are empirical manifestations of complex material. A model for Play Therapy will be forwarded by the presenter to show how the process of assisting children to engage safely, symbolically, and archetypally with disturbing material can lead to transformation, both consciously and unconsciously. Play therapy will be highlighted as the only real form of therapy that can assist children in engaging difficult material safely, and the nature of that engagement will be analyzed. Two different videotaped cases will be shown with a systematic Jungian interpretation, detailed Jungian analysis, and using the Jungian Analytical Play Therapy session review form. The presentation will end with discussion from the participants to assist them in understanding how this process works.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a clear understanding of the development of a child’s psyche and what it looks like in play therapy.
  2. Gain an understanding of the meaning of unconscious and its’ relationship to consciousness in children, and how it is demonstrated in play therapy.
  3. Gain an understanding of archetypal material, and how it is engaged and used in play therapy.
  4. Gain an understanding of the role of the ego in adaptive functioning within the context of play therapy.
  5. Gain an understanding in how symptoms are a roadmap to the complex with which the child is struggling, and how those dynamics are manifested in play therapy.
  6. Gain a clear understanding of the development of a complex and proto-complex, and what the manifestation of it looks like in play therapy.
  7. Gain a clear understanding of the archetypal material involved in complex formation, and how to recognize it in play therapy.
  8. Gain an understanding of how the child’s thematic play is an extension of the unconscious struggle for the child and its’ symbolic manifestation in play therapy.
  9. Gain an understanding of the importance of temenos and how to create it in play therapy.
  10. Gain an understanding of ego inflation and its’ necessary role in complex confrontation and how to recognize it in play therapy.
  11. Gain an understanding of circummambulation, and what that process looks like in play therapy.
  12. Gain an understanding of what confrontation with complex material looks and feels like in play therapy.
  13. Gain a clear understanding of the symbolic nature of toys, and their use in play therapy.



  • November 3rd and 4th, 2023 (6 hours each day)
  • Brief outline of both days:
    • 9am to 12pm – Presentation (3 hours)
    • 12pm to 1:30pm – Lunch break (1.5 hours)
    • 1:30pm to 4:30pm – Presentation (3 hours)


  • Spokane Community College,
    Lair Student Center, Room 124C
    1810 N Greene St,
    Spokane, WA 99217


  • APT Member: $350
  • Non-Member: $450
  • Senior/Student APT Member: $300
  • Senior/Student Non-Member: $325

Cancellation Policy

$75 of the registration fee is nonrefundable. Registrations are on a first come- first-served basis. Fees include 6 hours of training. Written cancellations received 4+ weeks prior to the training will receive the balance of the fees refunded. Cancellations received within 4 weeks of the training will forfeit a total of $125, with the remainder being refunded. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be given within the final week leading up to the training. In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled by the presenter, a full refund will be provided, or credit will be applied toward future or recorded training’s; whichever the registrant chooses.

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