IAPT is pleased to present these upcoming Play Therapy Trainings! Check back for more info on later trainings.

APT Approved Provider #07-195

Approved Provider status is granted by the Association for Play Therapy; this allows registrants to earn credit at IAPT programs towards their Registered Play Therapist or Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor credentials.

Working with the Courts as a Play Therapist

Friday, August 27, 2020 (In-Person Event)

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Presenter:  Kate Haberman, LISW, MFT, RPT-S

Workshop Description: As Play Therapists/Child Therapists we are often asked to work within the court system.  We will look at our ethical obligation to advocate for our client, our ethical and professional responsibilities to share our expertise and how to communicate, collaborate and educate effectively and confidently within the system.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to…

  1. Describe the ethical responsibilities and implications to court involvement as a Play Therapist.
  2. Identify their own fears, biases, and opinions as a Play Therapist/working with children.
  3. Discuss the professional responsibilities as a child/Play Therapist of court involvement.
  4. Explain their ability to clarify and identify their role as a Play Therapist.
  5. Demonstrate their ability to set structure and limits (with children and with professionals) as a Play Therapist.
  6. Demonstrate their confidence navigating the legal system.
  7. Demonstrate professional confidence in collaboration/writing and testifying.

Workshop Location:  Event Hosted by Covenant Family Solutions, 1655 Blairs Ferry Rd, Marion, IA

Registration:  8:30 a.m.

Workshop Schedule:  9:00-4:30 (30 minute lunch break-lunch will not be provided)

Registration Fee:

  • IAPT Member: $100
  • Non-Member: $120
  • Student: $30

Registration Link: https://iowaassociationforplaytherapy.regfox.com/working-with-the-courts-as-a-play-therapist

2021 Annual Conference

September 8-10, 2021

Presenter: Rise VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, CAEBC-I

Thursday Topic: The Secret Ingredient to Long-lasting Play Therapy Results: Family Approaches to Play Therapy (6 Contact CEs)

Workshop Description: Play therapy is an effective, developmentally appropriate approach to child mental health intervention. Even though its use has increased dramatically during the past 20 years or so, the changes can be short-lived if parents, foster or adoptive caregivers, or other family members are not substantially involved. Research also bears this out. This workshop highlights different family play therapy approaches, and emphasizes skills and methods that can greatly increase play therapists’ effectiveness. Drawing from Filial Therapy (Guerneys) and a variety of other evidence-based family interventions, this presentation will cover challenges and solutions for issues such as parent resistance and engagement, continuity and follow-through, ways to include family members, developing an integrative family perspective, infusing family work with playfulness and acceptance, working with separation and divorce, overcoming interpersonal violence, and a number of other areas that therapists have often brought up in supervision including expanding one’s competencies in family play interventions. Lecture will be augmented by live demonstrations, case studies, videos, and small group skill practice of specific skills and strategies.

Learning Objectives:

After this workshop, participants will be able to…

  1. Describe at least two reasons why parents and caregivers are essential to play therapy success.
  2. Use empathy to the deepest levels to overcome parent hesitation or resistance to play therapy.
  3. Describe and use the skill of building relevance and establishing common goals to recommend and motivate greater family involvement in play therapy.
  4. Conduct at least two new play-based family interventions.
  5. Incorporate the use of gentle affirming humor in their work with parents.
  6. Describe the essential features of Filial Therapy and why they can be applied with all families.
  7. Identify at least two challenges that can undermine play therapy with families experiencing interpersonal violence, and how to avoid or handle them.

Friday Topic: Play-Based Interventions for Children and Families with Trauma and Attachment Challenges (6 Contact CEs)

Workshop Description: This interactive workshop covers a wide range of effective play-based interventions for children who have been maltreated, have been exposed to domestic violence, and have had serious disruptions to their attachment processes. Participants learn a wide range of therapeutic interventions that are anchored to a core values that focus on building or strengthening family agency, mutual respect, and healthy attachment relationships. The intricacies of decision-making for complex trauma cases are also covered. Specific topics include prioritizing goals and treatments, the intersection of family frustration or desperation with individual play therapy, Filial Therapy, a variety of whole-family interventions and how to process them, Animal Assisted Play Therapy®, dramatic family play therapy, and the need for emotional, behavioral, and social support for the entire family. Lecture material will be illustrated by live demonstrations, videos, case examples, and experiential activities for developing the skills and methods that can be helpful. A successful model for working with these problem areas, including severe ones, will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

After this workshop, participants will be able to…

  1. Describe the stresses and struggles of families experiencing trauma and attachment problems with at least one example each from the point of view of parents, the affected child, and other children in the family.
  2. List at least 10 reasons why the Guerneys’ Filial Therapy can be important to include in treating this population.
  3. Implement a comprehensive treatment planning approach that prioritizes the approach to individual families.
  4. Describe the temptation of behavioral control and how relationship and emotion focused approaches approach it differently.
  5. Conduct at least two new interventions with this population.
  6. Design a new family play therapy intervention that integrates an understanding of, and addresses, whole-family needs.
  7. Describe four contributions that Animal Assisted Play Therapy® makes to the treatment of this population of children and their families.

Thursday/Friday Registration Link: https://iowaassociationforplaytherapy.regfox.com/2021-annual-conference

Wednesday Night Supervision Workshop (3 Contact CEs)

Play Therapy Supervision: Recognizing & Managing Countertransference

Presenter: Jennifer Null, LMFT, RPT-S

Workshop Description:

This workshop is designed to deepen supervisors understanding of countertransference in play therapy and develop approaches and interventions to address countertransference in play therapy supervision.

Learning Objectives:

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify countertransference in play therapy and play therapy supervision
  2. Discuss key reasons addressing countertransference in play therapy supervision is a gatekeeping responsibility
  3. Discuss creative interventions to address countertransference in play therapy supervision
  4. Design 3 play therapy supervision interventions to address countertransference for use in their practice.

Wednesday Night Supervision Workshop Registration Link: https://iowaassociationforplaytherapy.regfox.com/iapt-2021-pre-conference-supervision-workshop

Previous Annual Conferences

2020 Annual Conference:

  • Jungian Analytical Play Therapy: A Deeper Understanding of Children’s Play, presented by J.P. Lilly (September 10 & 11, 2020)
  • Ethics & Other Expectations of Play Therapist, presented by Dr. Kristin Meany-Walen (Sept. 9, 2020)

2019 Annual Conference:

  • A Relationally Sensitive Neurobiological Approach to Play Therapy, presented by Dr. Rick Gaskill (September 12 & 13, 2019)
  • Supervision in Play Therapy: Integrating Therapist Wellness, presented by Dr. Kristin Meany-Walen (September 11, 2019)

2018 Annual Conference:

  • Play Therapy with Teens & Tweens: Individual & Family Interventions, presented by Dr. Jeff Ashby (September 13, 2018)
  • Play Therapy with Angry & Aggressive Clients, presented by Dr. Jeff Ashby (September 14, 2018)
  • The Ethics of Play Therapy in a Changing World, presented by Dr. Jeff Ashby (September 12, 2018)

2017 Annual Conference:

  • Expressive Arts and Play Therapy Strategies for Adolescents, presented by Dr. Kara Holt (September 14, 2017)
  • Healing Rational Trauma & Attachments Through Humanistic Play Therapy, presented by Dr. Kara Holt (September 15, 2017)
  • The Journey Within: Play Therapy & Expressive Art Strategies for Counseling Supervision (September 13, 2017)

2016 Annual Conference:

  • Innovative Evidence-Based Interventions for Traumatized Children, presented by Liana Lowenstein (September 22, 2016)
  • Creative Family Therapy Techniques, presented by Liana Lowenstein (September 23, 2016)
  • Ethics for Play Therapists, presented by Dr. Kristin Meany-Walen (September 21, 2016)

Previous Trainings

  • Expanding Expression: Utilization of Art-Based Interventions in Play Therapy, presented by Kim Feeney & Madison Musson (April 17, 2021)