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2022 Annual Conference– Puppetry and Storytelling in Play Therapy AND Cultural Humility in Play Therapists

Columbia, MO June 10-11, 2022

Yolanda Fountain Hardy, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, ACS, NCC

Yolanda Fountain Hardy, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, ACS, NCC is a licensed (state of Georgia) and national board-certified professional counselor, play therapy supervisor (RPT-S), sand therapy specialist, Certified Brainspotting Practitioner, Rostered Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider, mental health forensic consultant, and emerging yoga practitioner. Dr. Fountain Hardy is the owner of Play Wellness LLC in Roswell, Georgia, a private practice that provides intergenerational mental health care as well as supervision and training services for clinical professionals. She also founded the Child Loss Center Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides health and education services to assist grieving parents and families recovering from infertility, pregnancy, infant, and child loss. Dr. Fountain Hardy has provided mental health services to children, adults, and families since 2006, has presented nearly 200 times locally and internationally, has clinically supervised over 150 mental health professionals, and has taught master’s and doctoral level courses at multiple universities in-person and virtually since 2011.



Puppetry and Storytelling in Play Therapy


  1. Identify at least five benefits of using puppets and storytelling within the practice of play therapy
  2. Explain three storytelling types to assist clients with identifying, processing, and resolving intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts
  3. Discuss one bibliotherapy technique to enhance the parent-child relationship
  4. Create two puppets to enhance the play therapist’s self-awareness
  5. Practice three storytelling activities for use with play therapy clients to enhance self-awareness, group cohesion, and imaginative skills
  6. Engage in three puppetry activities for use with play therapy clients to enhance feeling awareness, communication/social skills, and grief processing


Cultural Humility for Play Therapists


  1. Define cultural humility and the three components of its application

  2. Explore three cultures of childhood and five ethical guidelines that regard culture as promulgated by the Association for Play Therapy 

  3. List four principles that play therapists need to hone self-awareness necessary for a culturally humble practice

  4. Review seven barriers to wholesome multiculturalism within play therapy

  5. Practice three activities to cultivate a culturally humble play therapist using the Self-ARC concept (Fountain Hardy, 2021)

  6. Identify three ways to enhance a culturally sensitive play therapy space

Join MAPT in welcoming Yolanda Fountain Hardy, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, ACS, NCC! Conference is scheduled for June 10 & 11, 2022. This year’s conference will be hosted IN PERSON. Please be mindful of COVID-19 safety recommendations.  REGISTRATION will open February 17. Early bird pricing will be available until April 23rd, 2022 at 11:59 PM.


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

2022 Annual Conference 


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