Idaho Association for Play Therapy

Spring 2023 Annual Conference

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IDAPT will be holding our annual spring conference in Twin Falls this year. The event will take place on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho. We will have two days of trainings. Our first day will be focused on Ethics and Supervision, and our second day will focus on Child Centered Reunification Therapy.

Pricing Details

APT Members:

  • $100.00 – One Day Registration (6 CE’s)
  • $200.00 – Two Day Registration (12 CE’s)

Non-APT Members:

  • $125 – One Day Registration (6 CE’s)
  • $250 – Two Day Registration (12 CE’s)

Friday, March 31, 2023

Ethical Considerations of the Impact of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue on the Play Therapy Process

This workshop will look at the research on burnout and compassion fatigue for mental health professionals and play therapists while exploring various factors that influence how susceptible one is to experiencing burnout. Specifically, attachment styles, pandemics, cultural and diversity perspectives, and personal life experiences will be reviewed. Discussion will include how intricacies of play therapy contribute to burnout and how burnout impacts the play therapy process. Ethical considerations to providing effective play therapy when experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. Through self-exploration and group discussions participants will gain insight to their personal burnout factors, signs, and symptoms leading to an in-depth process for healthy ways to overcome burnout and compassion fatigue.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify factors that lead to burnout in play therapists.  
  2. Explain how play therapy dynamics may contribute to burnout.
  3. Discuss the factors, and processes to help alleviate and overcome burnout in play therapists.

About the Presenter – Deidre Gestrin, M.A.

Diedre Gestrin, LCPC, RPT-STM has 17+ years’ experience in behavioral health treatment. The majority of her work has been providing mental health counseling, play therapy, and program management. She has additional certification as a Compassion Fatigue Professional, Intensive Trauma Focused Training Certification, EMDR trained, will have Cognitive Processing Therapy certification mid-November 2022. She recently completed a functional medicine certified health coach program.

Seeing Clearly: Advanced Methods in the Clinical Supervision of Play Therapy

One of the requirements to becoming a Registered Play TherapistTM is to have at least five sessions observed by your supervisor. “Live Supervision” is an advanced method in clinical supervision that requires the supervisor to balance concern for client welfare and the mentorship of clinical skills. This training will focus on the self-of-the-supervisor factors that often get in the way of encouraging, using, and benefiting from “Live Supervision”. Participants will also identify their social location and discuss how being aware of social location of self and others can enhance multicultural competency.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify how their social location can impact the play therapy supervisory relationship.  
  2. Explain the benefits and mechanics of live supervision in play therapy.
  3. Demonstrate through role-play 2 essential skills in live play therapy supervision.

About the Presenter – Michael Whitehead, PhD

Michael Whitehead, PhD, LMFT, RPT-STM 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. He has also taught the AAMFT, 30 hour Fundamentals of Supervision course for 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.

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Child-Centered Reunification Therapy: Re-Connecting Families Through Play

Child-Centered Reunification Therapy (CCRT) was developed by Dr. Nicole Baker to meet the increased demands of court-ordered reunification therapy between estranged parents and their children. Rooted in the theoretical foundations of general systems theory, attachment theory, filial therapy, transformational systems theory, and Multi-Modal Family Intervention; Child-centered reunification therapy is designed to give children a voice in the reunification therapy process.  Child-centered reunification therapy uses a unique two-therapist approach, which integrates parent education, co-parenting skills, mental health education, filial play therapy, and experiential play therapy approaches to reunify a disrupted family system.  In CCRT, the two-therapist approach promotes equal representation of the parents and the child or children. The child gains a voice in a process, which typically ignores the needs of the child, and parents receive education in relation to better understanding the needs of their child and co-parenting skills.  The presentation outlines case examples of when child-centered reunification therapy would be appropriate for use, the process of child-centered reunification, hands-on play therapy activities to facilitate parent-child connection, addressing trauma in reunification therapy, ethics in working with high-conflict families and the court system, and the process of integrating child-centered reunification therapy into a practice.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, the learner will be able to:

  1.  Describe child-centered reunification therapy, the process, the use of play, and cases when CCRT would be beneficial to the child with an estranged caregiver.
  2. Explain how filial therapy builds connection between the rejected parent and child and establishes a stronger connection between aligned parent and child.
  3. Describe the child therapist and parent therapist role in CCRT and how the two-therapists work together to create safety for the child in the CCRT model.
  4. Identify considerations in CCRT for ethnicity, culture, religion, and family structure and understand how to work with diverse families using CCRT.
  5. Apply the process of educating parents participating in CCRT on topics related to the child’s well-being, co-parenting, communication, understanding their child’s play and working within the best interests of the child.
  6. Identify case situations where the use of CCRT is not appropriate, when to discontinue CCRT and when to discharge cases from CCRT successfully.
  7. Apply the ethical guidelines and framework for working with children and families in high-conflict cases.

About the Presenter – Nicole Baker, PhD

Nicole holds a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She completed her Master of Science degree in criminal justice from St. Cloud State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in social work with a minor in human relations, also from St. Cloud State University. Since the beginning her career, Nicole has worked with children and their families, engaging in play therapy, sand tray therapy and filial therapy, in her private practice. Nicole specializes in high-conflict families and Child-Centered Reunification Therapy, a model she developed and researched, to reunite parents and their children. Nicole is also trained in custody evaluations and social early neutral evaluations and believes a child’s voice is equally important as the adults in family conflict. When she is not working, Nicole enjoys spending time with her children and husband, reading, tattooing and creating art, and hanging out with her chickens, dogs and cats.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations of attendance and refund requests must be made in writing and received no later than 7 days before the event. If the cancellation notice is made and received within 7 days before the event a refund of 70% of the registration fees will be provided. We regret that we cannot refund registrations after that date.

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Date And Time

03/31/23 @ 08:00 AM (MDT) to
04/01/23 @ 05:00 PM (MDT)

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