Past Conferences

“Ready, Set Play: The ABC’s and Beyond of Play Therapy” & “All in the Family: Using Play Therapy with Families”

Pam Dyson, MA, LPC, RPT
April 4th and 5th, 2014

Description Day One: This training is designed for the new and the experienced play therapist in agency, private practice, and school settings who is interested in learning more about play therapy interventions and techniques. We will cover the basic rationale, philosophy, history, and theoretical concepts specific to both directive and non-directive play therapy.  Participants will be introduced to the toys and materials needed to set up a play therapy room or assemble a portable play therapy kit and we will explore cultural sensitivity.  The application of play therapy to various populations, limit setting and handling the unexpected will also be discussed. Video clips of play therapy sessions will be shown and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in experiential activities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of both directive and non-directive play therapy
  2. Identify the materials needed to set up a play therapy room or to assemble a  portable play therapy kit
  3. Learn how to set limits and handle the unexpected in the play therapy room
  4. Be able to apply play-based interventions with children, adults, families and groups

Description Day Two:  Working with families in a therapeutic setting provides important insights into family dynamics yet it also presents challenges. This training will focus on integrating play therapy into family therapy and how the use of play therapy techniques in family therapy encourages positive interaction among family members and enables us to include all members of the family, even very young children,  in the session. Activities and games for engagement, assessment and treatment in family play therapy will be presented and attendees will have an opportunity to experience these techniques. The unique challenges and opportunities of working with diverse families constellations will be discussed.


  1. Identify the skills and techniques used in play therapy with families.
  2. Understand the importance of assessment in treatment planning.
  3. Be able to recognize and deal with resistance in play therapy with families.
  4. Learn play therapy games and activities that can be used with families.


Theraplay-Enhancing Attachment Through Play Therapy

Evangeline Munns,PhD, C Psych, RPT/S
April 19th and 20, 2013

Description: This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of Theraplay (a form of play therapy)  a treatment model that enhances parent/child attachments. It will include its theory,  research, underlying principles of Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge, as well as experiential exercises that demonstrate these principles.

Participants will learn:

1. to cover the fundamentals of Theraplay, a form of play therapy, and it’s applications.

2. to cover the importance of touch in human development and related brain research to Theraplay, a form of play therapy.

3. to practice some of the Theraplay, a form of play therapy, activities related to it’s basic principles.

4. to cover the main tenets of group Theraplay, a form of play therapy, and how it can be applied to peer groups and parent/child groups.


Ethics and Technology in Play Therapy

Sue Holmes, LCPC, NCC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         April 18, 2013

Description:  Social media, advances in technology, and distance counseling have significantly impacted our society as well as play therapy practice.  This workshop will cover the latest research on how technology, such as Facebook, Twitter, texting, and instant messaging, impact ethics and counseling today.  Review of an ethical decision-making model and applicable ethical guidelines in relationship to play therapy will be covered.


Participants will

1. identify potential ethical dilemmas involving technology and play therapy practices

2. learn approaches based on APT Guidelines and professional ethical codes to engage in competent, ethical practice while utilizing play therapy interventions with children.

3. Participate in experiential activities to designed to guide exploration of their own relationship to ethical practices involving technology and play therapy


Childhood Interrupted:  Abuse-Informed Play Therapy for Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents

Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LISW, LCSW, RPT-S
Dates: April 12-14, 2012

 This workshop will emphasize:

  • Abuse-informed approaches to using play therapy with sexual abuse victims
  • Frameworks for conceptualizing the impact of sexual abuse
  • Treatment components from evidence-based practice models
  • Abuse-informed interventions that are developmentally appropriate & clinically sound
  • Assessing & responding to play themes in a manner which addresses & alleviates the negative impact of sexual abuse, and
  • Interventions that will address core components of sexual abuse treatment including:
    • Cognitive coping,
    • Psychoeducation,
    • Emotional expression, &
    • Processing sexual victimization.


Presentor: Emily Oe, PhD; LCPC, NCC, RPT-S
Date: August 12-13, 2011

Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Disruptive Behavior Disorders 

Date: April 7-9, 2011

Ethics – The “Slippery Slope” of Boundary Issues in Play Therapy


Everyone needs Ethics. Now is your chance to get 3 CEUs in Ethics and join IDAPT. APT / IDAPT membership is $95.00. If you join IDAPT, this Ethics seminar is free, plus you get a reduced price on the conference for the next two days, ALONG WITH ALL OF THE OTHER GREAT BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP.

Treating Attachment Disorders and Anxiety Disorders through Prescriptive Play Therapy 

Presentor: Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S 
Date: April 15 & 16, 2010

Participants will leave this workshop with solid theoretical underpinnings for anxiety treatment with children as well as dozens of replicable techniques. Treatment goals for all forms of anxiety will be broken down into specific evidence-informed play therapy interventions. Treatment for specific disorders such as PTSD, OCD, Separation Anxiety, Selective Mutism and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, will be covered through case examples, children’s play productions, and video tape vignettes. Didactic training will be augmented by experiential learning, so come prepared to play!

Play Therapy with the Grieving Child

Date: April 24 & 25, 2009

Play therapy with the grieving child will provide participants with a video opportunity to observe adult treatment of and attitudes toward the grieving child. Discussion of the child’s observed and unobserved behaviors and emotional responses at different developmental levels will be presented.

ETHICS In Our World

Date: April 23, 2009

Working with vulnerable populations in our world today involves special consideration of ethical guidelines and the ability to make ethical decisions often under the pressures of time and competing ethical demands.

Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Sexually Abused and Traumatized Children

Presentor: Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S 
Date: March 6, 2009

This workshop is designed to familiarize participants with an innovative model for working with sexually abused and traumatized children. The presenter will provide participants with creative, structured assessment and treatment interventions.

Super Heroes in Play Therapy

Presentor: Lawrence C. Rubin, Ph.D., LMHC, RPT-S 
Date: September 12 & 13, 2008

In our culture, the superhero is that unique, larger-than life figure, who, by virtue of gift, accident, calling or legacy possesses powers and abilities that allow them to fight evil, protect the innocent and better society. Given their endurance, ubiquity, popularity and appeal, it is not surprising that superheroes have found their way into the lives of children, teens, adults, and the therapist’s office. This didactic and experiential two-day workshop will explore the various and creative ways in which play therapists and counselors can integrate the rich and multi-layered superhero metaphor into their clinical work.