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2020 Conference– Deconstructing Play Therapy: What does the Child’s Play Mean   AND   Extraordinarily Normal: Developmental Principles in Play Therapy

Columbia, MO August 14-15, 2020

Join MAPT in welcoming Dr. Dee Ray! Conference is scheduled for August 14 & 15, 2020. This year’s conference will be hosted virtually from the comfort of your own home due to Covid-19 and the presenter having a “No Travel” restriction.  REGISTRATION will open May 13. Early bird pricing will be available until June 30th, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Dr. Dee Ray

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.




  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 20 possible themes in play therapy
  2. Participants will identify the three main components of identifying play therapy themes.
  3. Participants will be able to match play therapy themes with observed play.
  4. Participants will learn to communicate themes through responses in play therapy sessions.
  5. Participants will learn to communicate play therapy themes to parents in parent consultations.
  6. Participants will learn to track progress through play therapy themes.




  1. After the workshop, participants will be able to identify developmental characteristics of children ages 3-10 years old.
  2. After the workshop, participants will be able to identify typical play behaviors of children ages 3-10 years old.
  3. After the workshop, participants will be able to use developmental principles in parent consultations.
  4. After the workshop, participants will be able to identify mental health play therapy interventions for 3-10 years old.
  5. After the workshop, participants will be able to identify play materials appropriate for ages 3-10 years old.
  6. After the workshop, participants will be able to identify modifications to play therapy responses based on age.



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