presented by

Kate Haberman & Holly van Gulden

August 11th-12th, 2022

Wartburg College Campus, Waverly, Iowa

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The workshop will run from 9:00-4:00 each day with 60 minutes for lunch. Lunch will be provided and is included in the registration fee. Single day registration is not available for this event.

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Workshop Description: In this 2-day interactive workshop, featuring Holly van Gulden and Kate Haberman, LISW, MFT, RPT-S, participants will explore how attachment is formed, what causes it to be wounded or lost, and how to apply that knowledge to play therapy work with children and families.  Participants will engage in dynamic discussions using case examples from the presenters illustrating how real child clients have experienced and adapted to the early trauma they have been exposed to.  Participants will explore ways to assess the attachment needs of families and learn creative and effective ways to intervene using play therapy activities.  This workshop will provide a solid foundation around attachment in your work with the most vulnerable populations. 

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain what creates a secure attachment.
  2. Identify how early developmental trauma impacts the children and families we work with.
  3. Explain the concept of permanence.
  4. Explain the concept of constancy.
  5. Identify the developmental ages and needs related to the attachment wounds that occurred at those ages.
  6. Identify and assess the differences between chronological, developmental, and experiential age using play therapy techniques.
  7. Assess and intervene using play therapy with families based on the generational trauma and attachment wounds that are present.
  8. Utilize at least 4 play therapy interventions to help heal and repair permanence.
  9. Utilize at least 4 play therapy interventions to help heal and repair constancy.
  10. Describe how to utilize “parent re-dos” using play therapy techniques.
  11. Utilize play therapy strategies for using sandwich Statements.
  12. Apply attachment theory assessment techniques within play therapy sessions to select appropriate healing interventions.

About the Presenters

Kate Haberman, LISW, MFT, RPT-S

Kate Haberman has 20+ years of experience working with children and families.  Kate has expertise working with couples and families, sexuality, attachment, and generational anxiety.  Kate operates The Center for Foundational & Relational Wellness, a clinical and holistic mental health agency.  She and 5 highly trained therapists specialize in trauma, developmental trauma (attachment), holistic interventions, and play therapy, as well as a number of other holistic practitioners providing services such as yoga, Reiki, hypnotherapy, massage, and spiritual guidance.  Kate has trained under Dr. Terry Kottman and Holly van Gulden. Kate is an adoptive parent and a former foster parent.  She is an adjunct professor at Wartburg College.  Kate is married and has an 11 year old daughter and 7 year old twins.

Holly van Gulden

Since 1985, Holly van Gulden has internationally been teaching and counseling adoptive and foster parents and training adoption professionals.  She is an internationally known author and speaker as well as a consultant for numerous clinics, residential treatment centers, and adoption agencies in the US and the UK.  She is an adoptive parent who grew up in a multiracial, international family comprised of six children born to the family, four adopted children, and several foster siblings.  This blend of professional and personal experience has given her extra insight into what it’s like to grow up adopted and to parent through adoption.

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be made via email to and received on or before July 28, 2022. There is a $20 administrative fee for refunds.  No refunds or cancellations will be accepted after the deadline.

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.

Continuing Education Credits

Each day is approved for 6.0 contact hours (12.0 hours total over two days) for the following CE types:

  • APT Approved Provider 07-195 (Association for Play Therapy)
  • 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 CE’s at no charge. 

Photo and Video Release: As a result of your registration for the conference, you hereby consent to being photographed, videotaped, or audio-taped by Iowa Association for Play Therapy in connection with the above- named event or activity; provided, however, that IAPT has authority to use or reproduce such photographs, video recordings, or audio recordings for educational or promotional purposes only.  You understand that IAPT will not distribute such photographs, video recordings, or audio recordings to any third party,  or use such photographs, video recordings, or audio recordings for any other purpose without your further written consent and agreement.   Any unauthorized reproduction, dissemination, or use of video, photography, and/or audio associated with this event is strictly prohibited.

Statement of Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest:  Neither IAPT, nor the presenters, have any conflicts of interest to declare.