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IAPT Annual  25th Conference

Thursday Sept 12th and Friday Sept 13th, 2019

Hotel Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Rick L. Gaskill, Ed.D., LCPC, LCP, IMHIV, RPTS


A Relationally Sensitive Neurobiological Approach to Play Therapy

Neuroscience supports a relational model of child trauma
treatment. Interpersonal elements of relevance, repetition,
relating, rhythm, reward, and respect (six R’s) are used to create a
neurobiological healing matrix. The workshop operationalizes
these interpersonal-neurobiological concepts into understandable
terms and practices.
Learning Objectives
After the session, participants will be able to:
• Write the six R’s of trauma sensitive treatment.
• Articulate how each R supports relational input into play
• Explain how bottom up therapeutic approaches used.
• Demonstrate how the regulation, relate, and reason paradigm
is used in a treatment.
• Describe how each R is used in play therapy.
• Describe how brain regions might be impacted by the six R’s.

After day two, participants will be able to:

Explain what is meant by relational attachments and how parent-child therapy impacts the parent-child relationship.

  • Explain what is meant by relational attachments and how parent-child therapy impacts the parent-child relationship.

  • Identify important developmental play and attachment activities impacting specific brain regions.

  • Describe the integrate brain region activities into play therapy therapeutic web of treatment.

  • Describe examples of appropriate activities.

  • Develop play therapy protocol listing dosing, social ratios, and play activities for therapists, family, and community partners.

  • Apply information and skills acquired to clinical work with the child population.

Thursday Agenda
8:00 – 8:30 AM – Registration
8:30 – 10:00 AM – Presentation
10:00 – 10:20 AM – BREAK
10:20 – 12:00 PM – Presentation
12:00 – 1:00 PM – LUNCH
1:00 – 2:30 PM – Presentation
2:30 – 2:50 PM – BREAK
2:50 – 4:20 PM – Presentation
4:30 – 5:30 PM – APT Board Meeting *Open to All
5:30-7:30 – IAPT 25th Birthday Bash! *Open to all attendees
Friday Agenda
8:00 – 8:15 AM – Registration
8:15 – 9:45 AM – Presentation
9:45 – 10:00 AM – BREAK
10:00 – 11:45 AM – Presentation
11:45 – 1:00 PM – Lunch Awards Ceremony
1:00 – 2:30 PM – Presentation
2:30 – 2:45 PM – BREAK
2:45 – 4:00 PM – Presentation
Richard L. Gaskill, Ed.D., LCPC, LCP, IMHIV, RPTS:
Dr. Gaskill has worked in community mental health for over 40 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Sumner Mental Health Center in Wellington, KS. Rick also served as Children’s Director & Clinical Director before becoming the CEO. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, & an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor. Rick was a founding member & past president of the Kansas Association for Play Therapy & served on the Board of Directors for the national Association for Play
Therapy as well as a reviewer for the International Journal for Play Therapy. He also helped found the Kansas Association for Infant Mental Health. Dr. Gaskill is an adjunct faculty member at Wichita State University, teaching play therapy & supervising play therapy practica since 1995. He was a cofounder of the WSU Approved Play Therapy Center in 2010. Dr. Gaskill has published 4 book chapters (3 with Dr. Bruce Perry), a research article, monograph, and magazine articles regarding the neurobiology of trauma & the use of play therapy & NMT guided play activities. He has designed, operated, consulted, & lectured on children’s therapy; therapeutic preschools & integration of school based mental health services throughout the United States, Canada, & Australia over the past 25 years.
He received the Chairman’s Award from Future’s Unlimited in 1997 for his work with at risk children and was named the Kansas Head Start Partner of the Year in 2005 for his work with therapeutic preschools. Dr. Gaskill was named a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas, in 2004. In 2006, he was named one of the Regional Administrator’s Leadership Award Winners for ACF Region VI of the Department of Health and Human Services and in 2013 served on the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force for the State of Kansas. In 2014, Dr. Gaskill was honored with the Exemplary Service to Children and Families Award at the Kansas Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. In 2015, He was also recognized for his work with traumatized preschoolers by the National Association to Protect Children and in 2017 Wichita State University
awarded him the College of Education’s Champion of Education Award. Also in 2017, Dr. Gaskill was presented the Alice Eberhart-Wright Visionary Award for his outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of early childhood mental health by the Kansas Association of Infant Mental Health. Further, the Kansas Association for Play Therapy named Dr. Gaskill the first recipient of the Richard Gaskill Luminary Award for his contributions to play therapy in the State of Kansas (named in his honor). Finally, Dr. Gaskill was presented the Phyllis Rae McGinely Champion for Children Award in 2018 by the Child Trauma Academy at the 3rd
International NMT Symposium in Banff, CA for his work with traumatized children over the past 20 years.
Wednesday, September 11, Join

Dr. Kristin K. Meany-Walen, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S


Supervision in Play Therapy: Integrating Therapist Wellness

Play therapists can be at an increased risk for compassion fatigue or burnout, as compared to other helping professionals due
to working with young clients and bearing witness to children’s
trauma. This workshop focuses on rationale and strategies for
including self-care and wellness focused interventions in play
therapy supervision.
Learning Objectives
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
• Identify 3 risk factors that contribute to play therapists’
•Describe the professional benefit for play therapists’ wellness
• Incorporate at least 2 wellness-focused interventions with play therapy supervisees.
Kristin K. Meany-Walen, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S, is Mental Health
Coordinator, Waterloo Community School District, Iowa and
adjunct faculty at University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Meany-Walen
practices, conducts research, publishes, and presents on topics
of play therapy, school-based counseling, working with families,
wellness, and supervision. Her specialty area is Adlerian play
therapy; she co-authored, with Dr. Terry Kottman, Partners in
Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy and Doing Play
Therapy: From Building the Relationship to Facilitating Change

Conference Information

The conference will be held at the Kirkwood Hotel, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd.,
Cedar Rapids, IA; (319) 848-8700. The temperature of the room varies,
so please bring a sweater or jacket.
Lunch is included in the cost of attending the full day workshops. There
will be continental breakfast both days, along with snacks and beverages.
A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference participants at
the Hotel at Kirkwood Center for $119 + tax. You must book by Aug 21
to get the IAPT discount. You may make your reservation by calling
319-848-8700 and indicating you are attending the Iowa Association for
Play Therapy Conference or you may reserve your room online
here. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own lodging. Check In: 4; Checkout: 12.
IAPT is very fortunate to again have the Self-Esteem Shop available
to offer play therapy specific books & toys. Participants will be entered
automatically for the prize drawings. You MUST be present to win!
Presentation handouts will be made available one week prior to the
conference for printing.
Purpose & Intended Audience
Full day presentations will focus on play therapy theory & techniques
which play therapists, social workers, counselors, psychologists, nurses,
family therapists & child psychologists will find useful in their work with
children, adolescents and families.
Continuing Education Credits
Each full day presentation is approved for 6.0 contact hours (0.6 CEU’s)
for the following CEU types.
• APT Approved Provider 07-195 (Association for Play Therapy)
• General CEU (The University of Iowa Center for Conferences)
• Self-Evaluation/Self-Report Programs (Social Work, Psychology, Etc.)
Please reference your particular licensure requirements to determine if
the program will meet your profession’s guidelines for continuing education credits for both full day workshops. Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. Certificates of attendance
will be provided for a record of CEU’s at no charge. Cost is $10 per CEU
discipline if you would like a formal letter of CEU credit and to have a record kept of your attendance.

Registration          APT Member            Nonmember            Student

Both Days                 $250                             $290                         $175

Thursday Only        $160                             $190                         $115

Friday Only             $160                             $190                         $115

Wed. Workshop      $80                               $95                             N/A

Registration now open! 


Non-Discrimination Policy
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Iowa
Association for Play Therapy &
University of Iowa sponsored events. If you’re a person with a disability who requires reasonable accommodations in order to participate in this program, please contact the Center for Conferences directly (319-335-4141). NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: The University
of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
(319-335-0705): http://www.uiowa.edu/~our/opmanual/ii/06.ht

2019 Annual Conference Exhibitors

Life Connections – http://www.life-connections.org

Sampson Family Therapy Services, LLC – https://www.sampsonfamilytherapy.com

Heartland Play Therapy Institute – https://www.heartlandplaytherapy.com

Tanager Place – https://www.tanagerplace.org

League of Extraordinary Adlerian Play Therapists – https://leapt.arlo.co/w/

Covenant Family Solutions – https://www.covenantfamilysolutions.com

Integrative Counseling Solutions – https://www.integrativecs.net

Heart and Solutions, LLC – http://www.heartandsolutions.net

Bikers Against Child Abuse- http://iowa.bacaworld.org


Play Therapy with Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Youth & Their Families

Transgender students exist in every school district, county, city and town in the United States. Recent school surveys and other research tells us that 3% of students identify as a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth. In this play therapy workshop, participants will learn how to use therapeutic tools that they already have, acquire new interventions for working with Transgender youth and their families and find out about resources available in the QC area.

  1. Participants of this workshop will examine the history and philosophies of gender and gender expression through the play therapy lens.
  2. Participants of this workshop will discuss and process through academic evidence about the importance of gender expression and understand its worth in the playroom.
  3. Participants of this workshop will recognize culturally sensitive language when working with transgender and gender non-conforming clients.
  4. Participants of this workshop will be able to demonstrate at least 6-8 play therapy activities for working with gender non-conforming/transgender children and their families.
  5. Participants of this workshop will understand and be able to utilize the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care in the playroom.
  6. Participants of this workshop will increase knowledge of resources and developmental practices related to transgender/gender non-conforming children in the playroom.

Register here Currently being rescheduled. Information coming soon