Orange, CA
Argosy University Garden Grove
Play Therapy with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Sat, June 09, 2018 8:30AM to 4:30PM (Pacific)
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Workshop Description: 

This interactive workshop focuses on using play therapy in the assessment and treatment of children birth through five years old. Clinicians will become familiar with the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood DC:0–5. Participants will review common presenting concerns impacting very young children and how to apply current evidence based practices

With Distinguished Presenter:

Elizabeth Sorensen,

Elizabeth Sorensen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. Elizabeth has worked with children in outpatient mental health and school settings. Currently she splits her time between caring for her four children, teaching in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach, and working with families in her private practice. She specializes in using play therapy to enhance the behavioral, emotional, and social development in early childhood. 

8:30am–9:00am             Registration

9:00am–9:30am             Introductions and  workshop overview defining Infant Mental Health.

9:30am–10:30am           Overview of play therapy assessment methods with young children.

10:30am–10:45am          BREAK

10:45am–12:00pm          Play therapy techniques to address self-regulation.

12:00pm–1:00pm            LUNCH

1:00pm–2:45pm              Play therapy techniques to promote positive parent-child relationships.

2:45pm–3:00pm              BREAK

3:00pm–4:15pm              Play therapy techniques to address externalizing behaviors.

4:15pm-4:30pm              Questions & Answers

Learning Objectives

After the workshop participants will be able to:

1. Identify infant mental health diagnoses using a development based diagnostic system;

2. Demonstrate 2 play therapy assessment methods to use with young children;

3. Describe 3 evidence based play therapy models for working with young children; 

4. Apply 3 play therapy treatment interventions to use with young children;

5. Explain at least 2 culture-related diagnostic and treatment issues that should be considered in play therapy with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Conference Information

Instructional Level: Intermediate
Audience Pre-Requisites: Those attending should have a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of play therapy, play therapy theory, play therapy applications, child psychopathology and child development.

Who Should Attend:
Social Workers, Marriage, Family & Child Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, School Counselors, Psychologists, Students, and Associates.
Continuing Education:

This workshop meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs  and LPCC's.  The California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider # 00-094). The California Association for Play Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychologists may receive 6 hours of continuing education credit for this workshop.The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now recognizes APA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs The California Association for Play Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.
Cancellations and Refunds:
Requests for refunds must be made in writing to the CALAPT, P.O. Box  12404, Newport Beach, CA 92658 or by e-mail:  Requests must be postmarked two weeks prior to workshop date in order to receive refund. There is a $25.00 administrative fee for refunds. There are no price breaks for partial attendance.

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If you have a disability and need accommodations per ADA/504, please provide notification 2 weeks prior to workshop date


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