Deconstructing Play Therapy: What does the Child’s Play Mean AND Extraordinarily Normal: Developmental Principles in Play Therapy
August 14 @ 8:00 am - August 15 @ 4:00 pm$100 – $170
Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, Certified CCPT-S, Certified CPRT-S is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Counseling Program and Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Dr. Ray has published over 100 articles, chapters, and books in the field of play therapy, specializing in research specifically examining the process and effects of Child Centered Play Therapy. Dr. Ray is author of A Therapist’s Guide to Development: The Extraordinarily Normal Years, Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice, Child Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual, and co-author of Group Play Therapy and Child Centered Play Therapy Research. She is a founding board member and past president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling. She is current editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling and recipient of the American Counseling Association Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award, Association for Humanistic Counseling Educator Award, Association for Play Therapy Outstanding Research Award, Top 25 Women Professors in Texas Award, and many others. Dr. Ray supervises counseling services to community clients at her university clinic and leads a school outreach program providing play therapy to hundreds of children each year.
Pricing is for 1 day of the conference. If you wish to attend both days please choose both Day 1 and Day 2.
Early Bird Member $135
Early Bird Non Member $150
Student: $100 *with transcript
Non Member: $170
Early Bird pricing only available until June 30, 2020.
Day 1: Deconstructing Play Therapy: What does the Child’s Play Mean
In Child-Centered Play Therapy, the healing factor is identified as the relationship between play therapist and child. Relationship is based on clear communication between therapist and child, yet the child communicates through play. This workshop will offer a process for identifying common themes in play therapy that will help the play therapist learn to communicate more effectively with the child in session and with parents and schools outside of session. The presenter will lead the participant through a systematic method of identification and use of themes to enhance the play therapy process. Additionally, the presenter will actively engage the participant in using theme skills for practice immediately upon completion of the workshop. In addition, the workshop will facilitate skills on how to use play themes to determine therapeutic progress and ascertain the need for termination.
- Participants will be able to identify at least 20 possible themes in play therapy
- Participants will identify the three main components of identifying play therapy themes.
- Participants will be able to match play therapy themes with observed play.
- Participants will learn to communicate themes through responses in play therapy sessions.
- Participants will learn to communicate play therapy themes to parents in parent consultations.
- Participants will learn to track progress through play therapy themes.
12-1pm Lunch/Board Meeting- all are welcome to attend!
Day 2: Extraordinarily Normal: Developmental Principles in Play Therapy
Through presentation of developmental characteristics for 3-10 year olds, presenter will demonstrate how development is assessed and used to measure progress and identify play themes. Presenter will address using developmental knowledge to tailor parent consultations for children of different ages.
- Participants will be able to identify developmental characteristics of children ages 3-10 years old expected in play therapy sessions.
- Participants will be able to identify typical play behaviors of children ages 3-10 years old expected in play therapy sessions.
- Participants will be able to use developmental principles in parent consultations to relate to the play therapy interventions used with the child.
- Participants will be able to identify mental health play therapy interventions for 3-10 years old.
- Participants will be able to identify play therapy materials appropriate for ages 3-10 years old.
- Participants will be able to identify modifications to play therapy responses based on age.
Although therapists are familiar with historical developmental theories, they often struggle to apply these theories to clients and their systemic partners. This one-day presentation provides a comprehensive picture of children at every age, including brain, physical, emotional, social, cultural, and sexual development. Each age description provides a conceptualization of the child within current culture by providing discussion of relevant issues, such as growing up in a technologically-savvy world. This presentation will provide the therapist with a concrete understanding of children developmentally and how to assess developmental characteristics in child centered play therapy. Presenter will show video clips of children in play therapy to demonstrate developmental principles. Presenter will also discuss the integration of developmental knowledge with play themes and therapeutic progress. Finally, this workshop will provide ideas and materials for how to use developmental information to tailor parent and teacher consultations to help them understand developmentally appropriate expectations for their children.
This year’s conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Columbia, MO. Please call (573) 442-8034 to make reservations. Block ID is GCG. The hotel will hold the block of rooms until 7/13/2020.
Special pricing $129 for standard rooms and $139 for suite rooms.
****As we are aware of the constantly changing social guidelines due to COVID-19, if for any reason our date in August is affected by the virus, we will be offering an alternative virtual option with Dee Ray.****
Refunds will be given for paid continuing education training cancelled by MAPT and for when MAPT relocates training to another region of the state. For attendees who cancel 48 hours prior to the start of the training, a MAPT CREDIT will be provided to attendees for the amount paid, and can be used at a future MAPT training..
APT Provider Number: 08-223