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The California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy ~ Presents: The 2018 Southern California Regional Play Therapy Conference
From  Fri, March 02, 2018 at 8:30AM (Pacific)
To  Sat, March 03, 2018 at 8:30AM
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Earn up to 12 CE's

 Lunch Included!

FRIDAY Schedule*:
8:30am - 9:00am        Registration

9:00am - 12:00pm      WORKSHOP

12:00pm - 1:00pm      Lunch

1:00pm - 2:30pm        WORKSHOP

2:30pm-3:00pm          Break

3:00pm - 4:30 pm       WORKSHOP

SATURDAY Schedule*:
8:30am - 9:00am        Registration 

9:00am - 12:00pm      AM Sessions

12:00pm - 1:00pm      Lunch

1:00pm - 4:00pm        PM Sessions

*For complete schedule breakdown by topic, please contact event coordinator.

FRIDAY/Full day workshop

Using Play Therapy to Treat Attachment Disorders

Pam Dyson,

Workshop Description 

Children with traumatic early life experiences are at risk for attachment disorders. This training will help play therapists develop a fundamental understanding of how attachment impacts brain development. We will explore how play therapy interventions can assist in helping form secure attachments between children and caregivers. Video clips of attachment based play therapy sessions will be shown.


SATURDAY/AM Sessions (choose one at checkout)

[1A] Ritual Abuse: Recognition, Play Therapy, and Symbolic Communication

Ellen Lacter, Ph.D., RPT-S

Workshop Description 

This workshop describes ritual and child trafficking and how dissociation-savvy abusers psychologically manipulate victims and their dissociated self-states. Participants will learn 1) indicators of ritual abuse trauma and dissociation in children’s behavior, play, and art; 2) play therapy techniques, metaphors, and stories to intervene in such trauma with optimal psychological distance; 3) use of  protective parents as co-therapists, and 4) legal considerations with this population.

[1B]“Can you Help Me? My Mommy Drinks Too Much:”  Play Therapy for Children of Substance Abusing Parents.

Kristy Schadt, MFT, RPT-S  

Workshop Description

Alcohol and Drug Abuse profoundly impacts families, both in the present and in future generations.   The children in these families often continue the substance abuse cycle or develop other mental health issues that impact their own families in the future.  Play therapy is an important tool to help children cope with this very serious disease.  This Play Therapy workshop will use a prescriptive approach to look at this problem in families, discuss important issues that need to be addressed i, and learn comprehensive ways to help families who live with the disease of Drug or Alcohol Abuse.  Play Therapy interventions will be introduced and practiced through experiential exercises. 


SATURDAY/PM Sessions (choose one at checkout)

[2A] “Responding to Tragedy and Mass-Scale Disasters with Play Therapy”
Janine Shelby, PhD

Workshop Description

Large-scale traumatic events befall many children and adolescents, and play therapists are often called upon to assist survivors and indirectly exposed children. Prepare yourself to respond by learning practical tips for disclosing disastrous events to children, providing parenting interventions, offering developmentally and culturally sensitive interventions, and using play therapy coping and psychoeducation activities that correspond to Psychological First Aid modules. 


[2B]  Let Me Hear Your Voice:  Play Therapy for Children with Selective Mutism.

Kimberly VanderDussen PhD,  RPT-S

Workshop Description:

Selective mutism is a debilitating diagnosis that has been poorly understood and under-researched. Play therapy as a developmentally sensitive approach is well situated to meet the needs of these children and their families from an evidenced based perspective. An overview of the disorder will be presented along with an integrated play therapy approach for treating children diagnosed with selective mutism. 

Conference Information

Instructional Level:
Audience Pre-Requisites: None

For complete presenter biographies, learning objectives, activity schedule or additional information regarding the conference please contact:

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