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

September 13-14, 2018 – IAPT Annual Conference – Jeff Ashby

  • Location: Marriott in Cedar Rapids
  • Topics: Play Therapy with Teens & Tweens: Individual & Family Interventions and Play Therapy with Angry & Aggressive Clients presented by Jeff Ashby, PhD, ABPP.
  • Wednesday night pre-conference workshop – The Ethics of Play Therapy
    in a Changing World – Jeff Ashby
EMDR Success with Children:Integration of Play Therapy Interventions through 8 Phases of EMDR
Shanon Claussen, LISW, RPT-S, CADC, EMDRIA Approved Therapist and Consultant
3/2/2018 8:30-4
6 CEU Play Therapy Credit-Provider #07-195 Iowa Association for Play Therapy
EMDR and Beyond 
1501 42nd St. Suite 210
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Interested in strengthening your skills in providing EMDR with children? Integrating play therapy interventions with EMDR therapy with your young clients? Better ways to introduce and successfully complete EMDR with reluctant children (and their parents)?
This one day training integrates play therapy and EMDR therapy to facilitate treatment for children with one or more adverse life events. You will learn how to use directive and non-directive play therapy interventions to facilitate application of the 8 phases of EMDR with children. Skills will be taught for providing EMDR with willing and unwilling participants as well as those lacking the resources participate in all of the EMDR phases. Ways to introduce EMDR therapy to children and parents, along with Interventions to improve relationships between child/ caregiver, and child/therapist will be addressed.  Participants will learn how to incorporate play therapy techniques through practice case scenarios,  experiential exercises, and video demonstrations.  Use of toys to gather information and process adverse life expeirences will be demonstrated as well.
1. Learn at least 5 play therapy interventions to use with children in 8 phases of EMDR therapy; Such as storytelling with art, rapport building with playdough, emotional regulation with music, expression of emotions with toys.
2. Identify possible EMDR targets (adverse life experiences/emotional triggers) to reprocess through observation of the child’s play.
3. Learn effective play therapy interventions to improve relationships between the child & caregiver/child & therapist (Theraplay (R) interventions, creating shared joy between the child and adult).
4. Identify resources/skills that the child may be lacking or may need to strengthen (Resourcing in Phase 2, preparation phase) to facilitate Phase 4 reprocessing.  Use Play Therapy interventions to create or enhance the child’s skills (e.g. adding opportunities for mastery play to enhance self-esteem).
5. Be able to apply play therapy interventions specifically meeting the needs of the child throughout the session, such as selecting an appropriate play therapy activity that meets the child’s developmental level and treatment needs.
6.Increase comfort level explaining the importance of using Play Therapy techniques to help children reach their treatment goals.