IAPT Presents Intro to Play Therapy and Into to Animal Assisted Play Therapy Workshops

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When: Friday, February 10, 2017


Child & Adolescent Integrated Health

9 2nd St NW

Mason City, IA 50401

(641) 424-7068

(641) 423-3836 (fax)

9:00-12:00 PM  Introduction to Play Therapy (3 CEU’s)

This workshop will introduce attendees to play therapy.  We will learn about what play therapy is, how it works and the characteristics of effective play therapists.   Attendees will also learn about the process to become trained in play therapy, the credentialing process and how to set up a play room.   We will also learn the basic techniques utilized by play therapist.

1:30 PM-4:30 PM  Introduction to Animal Assisted Play Therapy (3 CEU’s)

Are you interested in bringing an animal (s) into your therapy work?  This workshop will cover the basics of using animals in therapy work.  We will discuss the differences between service animals, emotional support animals, pet therapy and animal assisted therapies.   

We will learn about how animals can be used in the therapeutic environment, how to choose a therapy animal and the importance of training for both the animal and the therapist before implementation of the animal into therapy work.  We will learn how to effectively use animals and you will meet and interact with an active therapy dog, Ellary.   

COST:  Association for Play Therapy Members:  $ 100.00 for both or $50.00 per training

           Non-APT Members:   $  150.00 for both or $75.00 per training

*If you are not a member of APT, you can still join now to get the reduced rate!

The Iowa Association for Play Therapy is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education  specific to play therapy under APT Approved Provider Number 07-195.  

The Presentor: Stacie Mitchell, LMHC RPT-S CTP

Stacie Mitchell is credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  Stacie is the currently serving President of the Iowa Association for Play Therapy and has been an IAPT board member since 2009.  Stacie has worked in the mental health field for over 18 years. Stacie currently works in private practice providing individual and group clinical supervision, consultation and training and provides mental health therapy services in Cedar Rapids.  Stacie works as a training consultant at Tanager Place providing training to internal and external human service professionals in the areas of Trauma and Loss, Play Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving and Child Abuse Reporter Training.  Stacie also teaches as an adjunct instructor at Mt. Mercy University in the Marriage and Family Master’s Therapy Program.  Previously, Stacie worked at Tanager Place for 9 years in the Tanager Place Clinic as a Clinician Supervisor.

Stacie is a Certified Trauma Practitioner and Trainer through the National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children. Stacie has specialized training and experience in working with child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, trauma, anxiety/depression, autism spectrum and behavior disorders. Stacie has specialized training in EMDR, Theraplay, Autplay and Animal Assisted Play Therapy.  Stacie and her six-year-old, Border Collie/Labrador Retriever Mix, Ellary, are currently working to gain the newly established International Credentials for Animal- Assisted Play Therapy.  Ellary participates as a co-therapist in play therapy sessions with Stacie.  Stacie and Ellary are also volunteer members of Corridor Therapy Dogs. 

Feb. 10 Play Therapy Workshops

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