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2016 Annual Conference

June 10, 2016 - June 11, 2016

Free – $345

Register here for our 2016 Annual Conference!!


Dr. Rise VanFleet brings 40 years of clinical, supervisory and leadership experience in community mental health, healthcare, education and independent practice settings to her workshops. She has trained and supervised thousands of clinicians internationally.  Dr. VanFleet is a Certified Filial Therapy Therapist, Supervisor, Instructor, a registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant.   Rise is the author of Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-child Relationships Through Play (3rd Ed), A Parent’s Handbook of Filial Therapy (2nd Ed), co-author of Child Centered Play Therapy, and coeditor of the Casebook of Filial Therapy.

Day 1:  6
Day 2:  6

To register, scroll down to the bottom of the page.


Play Therapy and Collaborating with Families: Lessons learned from Filial Work, Overcoming Resistance and Facilitating Lasting Change
Would you like to work more effectively with parents? Help them make changes that help their children? Encourage them to follow through on therapeutic recommendations? Help families become stronger and stay that way? Become more effective in working with challenging, multi-problem families? Then this workshop is for you! Join Dr. Risë VanFleet as she shares over 40 years of clinical experience working with families using play therapy, Filial Therapy, and other methods to tackle tough problems. The day includes an exploration of the essential features of Filial Therapy as it was created by the Guerneys, developed further, and researched over the past 50 years. Emphasis will be on aspects of the approach that can be adapted for other family work as well. The workshop will feature lecture, videos, and experiential portions, all conducted within a lighthearted atmosphere.
Learning Objectives 
Participants will be able to…
1. Describe the essential features of Filial Therapy and why they are important.
2. Identify at least 3 things that make Filial Therapy unique among child and family interventions in play therapy.
3. Define what is meant by a “mock play session.”
4. Describe the key therapist skills for overcoming parent resistance to play therapy and other interventions.
5. Use at least 3 methods that are effective in bridging the gap with parents in play therapy sessions.
6. Enhance ability to use empathic listening, structuring, and boundaries with families to build stronger relationships in play therapy sessions
7. Describe the research on the 6 features of strong families and how therapists can encourage their development in families.

9:00 – 10:00: Objectives for the day, Definition, essential features, and sequence of FT, Indications and contraindications Research on strong families
10:00-10:30: Case example and discussion

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:15: Engaging parents in the process Skilled use of empathy demonstrations, Training parents, mock play sessions

12:15 – 1:15: Lunch

1:15 – 2:45: Parent-child play sessions, Skill feedback, discussing play themes, Skill-building

2:45 – 3:00: Break

3:00 – 4:30: Engagement of parents; handling resistance;  FT research outcomes, applications with challenging families, Training Opportunities


Creativity and Spontaneity in Professional Practice: Highlighting the Play in Family and Group Play Therapy
Come to this workshop prepared to have some fun while learning how to explore and releaseyour own creative potential in the group and family play therapy process. This workshop covers some exciting recent research on creativity and spontaneity, and then takes participants through a series of activities that build safety while addressing therapeutic issues for a wide range of problems. The workshop is designed to refresh participants while illustrating different types of play interventions they can apply with their clients. Ways to design and implement new interventions are covered, as well as the importance of spontaneous responsiveness during nondirective and directive forms of play therapy. This approach always keeps the needs of clients at the forefront. Included are a range of group play therapy techniques, family play interventions, a brief segment on animal assisted play therapy, playful photography, and the importance of nature and physical activity in play therapy. Please bring a digital camera or phone with a camera!
Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

1. Describe recent research on creativity and the brain and how that is used to help clients in play therapy
2. Conduct at least 5 new play therapy interventions for families and/or groups.
3. Identify ways to access ones own creativity and spontaneity more fully for their play therapy work.
4. Help clients access their own creativity as part of their therapeutic process.
5. Discuss the critical role of client needs and goals during a creative play therapy approach.
6. Plan, implement, and debrief group play therapy techniques.
7. Provide two reasons why appropriately-selected and trained animals can be assets in play therapy.
8. Use at least 2 new play-based photography interventions.


9:00 – 10:30    Creativity, spontaneity, and play therapy, Animal play and human play,  2 experiential activities & debriefing

10:30 – 10:45   Break

10:45 – 12:15    3 group play therapy activities & debriefing, Safety in family/group play therapy, Designing family & group play therapy, activities with therapeutic goals, Lunchtime photography assignment

12:15 – 1:15        Lunch

1:15 – 2:45        Discussion of lunchtime assignment, Accessing one’s creativity and spontaneity, Debriefing family/group activities, 2 family/group play therapy activities & debriefing

2:45 – 3:00        Break

3:00 – 4:30        Developing new play therapy interventions for specific goals, 2 family/group play therapy activities & debriefing, Pulling it all together, Evaluations

Cancellation policy: A credit will be given for the amount paid to MAPT if registration is cancelled prior to the day of the conference. No refunds will be given.

Exact Location of workshop: Since our workshop is on a college campus, we’ll do our best to guide you to the exact location. 

University of Missouri (UM-Columbia)
Memorial Student Union Building
518 Hitt Street
Columbia MO 65211-7030

In the Student Union, we will be on the second floor of North tower – in the Mark Twain Rooms 201 and 202.


Parking Details 

Conference is on a college campus. Please add this to your cart if you plan on parking on campus on Friday. One is not needed on Saturday. University of Missouri charges for parking passes, MAPT will cover that cost, but we need to know where to mail the parking pass too…please add parking pass to your “Cart” when you sign up for your workshop.

When parking on campus, conference attendees will be parking in the University Avenue Parking Structure on Friday.  They will need a pass.   They will park in same garage on Saturday, however it will be free to park in garage on Saturday. University Avenue Parking Structure is  #160, coordinates are C10 on the Campus Map: http://mu-cf-map.col.missouri.edu/muparking/

Communication from University of Missouri:
” University Garage is closest.  Attendees can walk out towards the front (South) of the University Avenue Parking Garage to University Avenue.  For the shortest walk, they can cross University Avenue, walk diagonally across the Campus area and enter Memorial Union from a side door.  Or walk west on Turner Avenue towards Hitt Street, turn right and walk about half the block to enter Memorial Union form the front entrance.” 
Additional parking information:

    • Conference attendees do not need a parking pass if they are being dropped off.
    • Conference attendees cannot obtain a parking pass on their own, must be through Missouri APT.
    • If Conference attendees are carpooling, only one is needed per car.
    • If Conference attendees are signing up day of, please let someone at the registration table know so they can provide one for cars parked in parking garage





Doubletree by Hilton :: The Broadway Columbia::
1111 East Broadway  Columbia, Missouri 65201
Hotel: 1-573-875-7000  or 1573-818-6204

When you call to reserve a room, the 3 letter code is MPT



June 10, 2016
June 11, 2016
Free – $345
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University of Missouri; Memorial Union
Mark Twain Ballroom
Columbia , MO 65211 United States
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