Organizing Chaos: The Ethics of Counseling Children and Families with Play Therapy!

Aspen Grove Family Therapy

Organizing Chaos: The Ethics of Counseling Children and Families with Play Therapy!

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Treating children and families is complex and challenging, but for the most part fun. When clinicians want to work with children and families, getting started can be chaotic. Especially when faced with seemingly contradictory legal and ethical guidelines. Each professional counseling profession has their own Code of Ethics, training standards, and treatment philosophies, which often leads to confusion regarding what is appropriate when counseling children and families. This online LIVE webinar will focus on comparing the similarities and differences between counseling profession codes of ethics, as well as reviewing the Association for Play Therapy’s statement on Play Therapy Best Practices. Participants will be required to take two assessments prior to the webinar in order to participate in the breakout sessions where they will discuss their own implicit biases and their own moral foundations. Discussions will focus on enhancing multicultural competency using examining the results of their implicit biases and moral foundations.

This workshop will take place in Twin Falls, Idaho on May 13, 2023 starting at 11am and ending at 2pm. Specific location details will be provided upon confirmation of 10 registrants.

About the Presenter

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. In addition to his therapy practice, Dr. Whitehead teaches part time at National 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 authored and co-authored book chapters on treating disruptive behavior disorders and play therapy. He is an Approved Supervisor and recipient of the Certificate in Leadership from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has served in several different state professional board positions. His passion is making sure children with disruptive behavior disorders are treated compassionately and effectively.


This training is for psychologists, social workers, counselors, school counselors, psychiatrists, family therapists, and other mental health professionals who work with children and families. In order to ensure quality education, each training will be capped at 50 participants, with a minimum of 10 participants. If the training fills up, your name/registration will be added to a waitlist in case there are any cancellations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify their own implicit biases and how they impact their use of play therapy.
  • Explain their legal and ethical restrictions to treating families and children with play therapy.
  • Compare their own professional code of ethics with play therapy best practices.

Registration Details

Total registration fee is $75. Price breakdown is as follows:

  • 3 hours of non-contact CE’s for the Association for Play Therapy.
  • APT Approved Provider 18-537

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Date And Time

05/13/23 @ 11:00 AM (MDT) to
05/13/23 @ 02:00 PM (MDT)


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