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Play Therapy Training

 

             

Richmond Creative Counseling is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (Provider #15-410) and NBCC (ACEP No. 6946) to provide professionals with training to learn more about counseling/play therapy, to fulfill the specific education requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist (through APT), or to obtain APT-approved continuing education hours for renewal of their RPT/S credentials. While completion of our Play Therapy trainings will provide attendees with APT-specific contact hours, it does not guarantee your status as a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, as that is determined by the Association for Play Therapy upon reviewing your application or renewal materials. Please be sure to review the application guidelines at www.a4pt.org to learn more about the specific requirements for becoming a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor. 

Location of trainings: 5206 Markel Rd. Suite 102 Richmond, VA 23230 or 1900 Byrd Ave Richmond, VA 23230.

Cost: $175 per 1-day workshop; $275 per 2-day workshop.

Cancelation Policy: Cancelations received 14 days before training will receive a refund minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds provided if cancelled less than 14 days prior to training date. 

How to register: Email [email protected]

Accepted forms of payment: Mailed check, Credit Card, or Paypal through Make a Payment link. 

2020 Play Therapy Workshops

Attend one, several, or all our workshops. Each workshop provides APT and NBCC contact hours. (visit www.a4pt.org to review the specific education requirements to apply to for your RPT/S credential with the Association for Play Therapy). Each workshop is facilitated by a lead Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor with expertise in the topic area and includes co-facilitators/guest speakers who are experts in their particular topic of presentation. Our training workshops combine lecture and experiential activities at the postgraduate level to ensure that attendees receive the most comprehensive experience possible.

Play Therapy History & Principles 

Trainers: Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S & Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S

January 17, 2020                             6 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn about the history of play therapy theories, approaches, and concepts as we delve into 5 historically significant play therapy theories. Discuss and practice key interventions from each theory for experiential learning.

Participants will:

1)      Describe the Definition, History, Theories, and Types of Play Therapy

2)      Describe the Role of the Play Therapist

3)      Describe Toy Selection and storage

4)      Identify and Describe Techniques and 5 Approaches to Play Therapy

5)      Identify and Describe the Process and Stages of Play Therapy 

6)      Identify and Discuss Legal and Ethical Implications of Play Therapy

7)      Demonstrate and Describe Multicultural Considerations of Play Therapy

8)    Engage in Experiential Exercises and Practical Application of Play Therapy

 

Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy

Trainers: Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S & Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S

January 31-February 1, 2020                                    12 APT/NBCCContact Hours

Learn about the intersection of CBT and Play Therapy. This 2-day workshop will highlight the theory and practical application of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy using specific interventions that are often helpful in time-limited treatment programs, school-based settings, and outpatient practice.

Participants will:

1) Identify and describe the key theoretical concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy.

2) Describe clinical presentations appropriate for the use of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy.

3) Discuss and describe the stages of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy.

4) Role play the use of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy in triads.

5) Discuss and recite unique considerations in different clinical settings for the use of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy.

6) Identify ethical considerations for the use of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy.

7) Practice up to 10 specific Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy interventions.

 

Intro to Play Therapy Facilitation Skills 

Trainer: Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S

February 21-22, 2020                                      12 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Tracking, Reflection of Feelings, Restating the Content, Expanding the Metaphor, and other core non-directive play therapy facilitation skills will be taught, explored, and practiced in this 2-day workshop.

Participants will:

1) Identify, describe, and demonstrate tracking, reflection of feelings, restating the content, expanding the metaphor, and returning responsibility during triad role plays.

2) Practice therapeutic limit-setting in the play room.

3) View, analyze, and discuss video clips of non-directive/child-centered play therapy sessions.

4) Document a mock play therapy session using the clinical language of play therapy.

5) Describe ethical considerations in the use of play therapy.

6) Observe, identify, and document play themes from video clips and role plays of play therapy sessions.

 

Play Therapy with Couples

Trainer:  Sarah Kindig, LPC, Registered Play Therapist 

February 28, 2020                               6 APT/NBCCContact Hours

Couples Therapy can be playful! This workshop will integrate evidence-based couples counseling concepts from the Gottman Method with play therapy theories and interventions. Learn and practice 3 playful techniques to begin using with couples immediately. 

Participants will:

1) Identify and list the Gottman's 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work and corresponding Play Therapy concepts.

2) Describe the Sound Relationship House Theory as it relates to playful interventions with couples.

3) Complete and process sandtray exercises to utilize in Couples Play Therapy sessions.

4) Practice 3 play therapy interventions for therapy with couples.

5) Identify ethical considerations in the use of play therapy with couples.

6) Document a mock couples play therapy session.

 

Play Therapy with Adoptees and Children in Foster Care

Trainer: Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S

March 13, 2020                            8 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Taught by adoption expert, Kim Hines, LCSW, RPT-S, this workshop will examine unique considerations when working with adoptees and children in foster care that will shape the play therapy interventions used in session. Learn specific play therapy theories most conducive to this population and practice up to 4 specific interventions.  

Participants will:

1) Identify and explore the unique therapeutic considerations of working with children in foster care/adoptees.

2) Discuss specific clinical case studies of children in foster care/adoptees.

3) Identify and describe the ethical considerations in working with children in foster care/adoptees.

4) Identify and list play therapy theories most applicable for this population.

5) Discuss the importance of family/caregiver involvement and case management.

6) Experience and practice at least 4 play therapy interventions to be used with children in foster care/adoptees

 

Expressive Arts in Play Therapy

Trainers: Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S & Leila Saadeh, LPC, ATR-BC

March 27-28, 2020                                14 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn about the use of the expressive arts in play therapy, as well as exploration and understanding of the intentional use of specific media with different clinical presentations. Techniques specific to drama, music, movement, and art-making will be explored and practiced in this 2-day workshop, co-facilitated by a Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist. 

Participants will: 

1) Identify and describe the history and theoretically underpinnings of Expressive Arts Therapy.

2) Describe, document, and process the use of specific media in play therapy.

3) Define the difference between Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy.

4) Describe specific legal, ethical, and cultural considerations when utilizing the expressive arts in play therapy.

5) Practice up to 10 specific expressive arts interventions to utilize in play therapy, to include drama, movement, art-making, and music.

6) Document a mock play therapy session using expressive arts approaches.

7) Engage in 2 role plays with triads to experience the use of expressive arts in play therapy.

 

Narrative Play Therapy

Trainer: Shawanda Rucker, LPC, Registered Play Therapist

April 3rd, 2020                              6 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn about the history, theory, and practice of Narrative Play Therapy. Engage in specific experiential practice throughout the day.

Participants will: 

1) Identify and describe the history and theoretical underpinnings of Narrative Play Therapy.

2) Identify and describe the key steps of Narrative Play Therapy.

3) Describe the process of externalization in Narrative Play Therapy.

4) Describe and explain the role of the play therapist in Narrative Play Therapy.

5) Demonstrate mutual storytelling in Narrative Play Therapy.

6) Practice 3 Narrative Play Therapy interventions during role plays.

7) Identify and describe ethical considerations and documentation in the use of Narrative Play Therapy.

 

Sandtray in Play Therapy

Trainers: Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S & Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S

April 17-19, 2020                             14 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn about the history, rationale, and general application of sandtray work in Play Therapy. Basic facilitation skills, theoretical concepts, non-directed vs. directed sandtrays, and steps for processing a sandtray will be demonstrated and practiced in this 2-day workshop.

Participants will: 

1) Identify and describe the history and theoretical foundation of sandplay and sandtray therapy.

2) Describe the qualities and role of the play therapist when using sandtray therapy.

3) Practice and demonstrate how to set up a sandtray space and the stages of conducting/facilitating sandtray session in play therapy. 

4) Describe the developmental aspects of sandtrays in play therapy.

5) Demonstrate the differences between spontaneous and directed sandtrays in play therapy. 

6) Practice and experience the process of creating both spontaneous and directed sandtrays.

7) List and describe ethical considerations of utilizing a sandtray in play therapy.

8) Document a mock play therapy session with the use of sandtray.

 

Games & Activities in Play Therapy

Trainer: Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S

May 1, 2020                             8 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn, explore, and practice the power of intentionally selected games and activities in play therapy in this one-day workshop.

Participants will: 

1) Identify and describe the history and theory of the use of games and activities in play therapy. 

2) Describe the process of selecting games and structured activities in play therapy.

3) List the differences between therapeutic games and non-therapeutic games in play therapy.

4) Form teams and Invent and present a therapeutic game to the group using concepts discussed.

5) Document a mock play therapy session with the use of games/activities.

6) Identify legal and ethical considerations in the use of games and activities in play therapy. 

 

Family & Filial Play Therapy

Trainers: Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S & Wendy Hall, LCSW, RPT-S

May 29-30, 2020                             12 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn the theoretical concepts related to systems theory in play therapy. Discuss unique logistical and ethical considerations in Family & Filial Play therapy and practice core interventions in this 2-day workshop.

Participants will: 

1) Identify the history and theoretical foundations of Filial and Family Play Therapy.

2) List the qualities and role of the play therapist when utilizing Filial and Family Play Therapy.

3) Describe how to prepare the play therapy space when utilizing systemic interventions.

4) Describe developmental considerations when utilizing Filial and Family Play Therapy.

5) List the stages of therapy sessions when utilizing Filial and Family Play Therapy.

6) Describe and practice the appropriate section of games, activities, and directives when engaging families in Filial and Family Play Therapy.

7) Practice both Filial and Family Play Therapy interventions in dyads and triads.

8) Document mock Filial and Play Therapy sessions. 

9) Identify legal and ethical considerations in the use of Filial and Family Play Therapy. 

 

Play Therapy for Healing Trauma

Trainers: Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S & Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S

September 18-19, 2020                             14 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn about the various issues that children and families face when dealing with traumatic experiences. Special emphasis will be placed on issues of abuse, crisis, and divorce. Play therapy concepts and techniques will be demonstrated and practiced throughout this 2-day workshop.

Participants will: 

1) Identify and describe trauma in children and adolescents in outpatient, school, and community based settings 

2) Identify and describe the impact of trauma on the brain

3) Describe and apply the foundational concepts and key principles of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) 

4) Demonstrate eight specific play therapy interventions to address trauma in play therapy

5) Practice the use of bibliotherapy to address trauma in play therapy

6) Identify, describe, and demonstrate the history and foundational concepts of Jungian Play Therapy as it relates to trauma treatment

7) Explain documentation and ethical considerations in addressing trauma through play therapy

 

Advanced Sandtray in Play Therapy

Trainers: Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S & Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S

September 25, 2020                             8 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Expand and deepen your sandtray therapy skills in this intensive, advanced workshop limited to 12 participants. Participants will each bring sandtray case conceptualizations to be examined and processed with the use of sandtrays during the workshop.

Participants will: 

1) Bring photos of current clinical sandtray work from play therapy sessions to analyze and process in a group format.

2) Apply core sandtray and play therapy concepts to case conceptualizations.

3) Utilize sandtrays to process case conceptualizations in dyads.

4) Identify and demonstrate 3 advanced sandtray therapy techniques to utilize in play therapy sessions.

 

Play Therapy Supervision

Trainer: Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S

October 2, 2020                             8 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn the ins and outs of providing play therapy supervision in this interactive workshop that is limited to 12 participants. Review theories of play therapy supervision, write your own play therapy supervision contract, and practice 3 play therapy interventions to utilize in supervision.

Participants will: 

1) Identify and explain the role and responsibilities of the play therapy supervisor.

2) Describe 3 theories of play therapy supervision.

3) Develop and present a play therapy supervision contract.

4) Review and practice documentation needed for play therapy supervision.

5) Describe ethical considerations for play therapy supervision.

6) Demonstrate and practice 3 experiential activities for play therapy supervision.

 

Play Therapy with Diverse Populations

Trainers: Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S & Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S

October 16-17, 2020                             12 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn about the process of play therapy when working with children and families with unique multicultural and social considerations. This 2-day workshop will focus primarily on exploring and improving cultural competence in play therapy, working with LGBTQ children/families, and play therapy approaches with older teens and adults.

Participants will: 

1) Identify and describe the importance of culturally-sensitive toys and play spaces in play therapy.

2) Describe specific cultural considerations related to race/ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender in play therapy.

3) Explain the role and qualities of a culturally sensitive play therapist.

4) Explain and practice specific considerations when using non-directive and directive play therapy approaches with diverse populations.

5) Demonstrate specific play therapy techniques when working with adults and older teens in play therapy.

6) Explain the differences between gender expression and sexuality and how this may show up in play therapy sessions. 

7) Practice and demonstrate specific play therapy interventions for children who are gender non-binary or diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria.

8) Practice and demonstrate documentation and ethical considerations when working with diverse populations.

 

Addressing Grief & Loss in Play Therapy

Trainers: Kimberly Hines, LCSW, RPT-S & Carrie Walker, LPC, RPT-S

November 13-14, 2020                             14 APT/NBCCContact Hours 

Learn about recognizing grief and loss issues in play therapy with exploration of theories, evaluative techniques, and play therapy interventions. Emphasis will be placed on issues of death/dying, pet loss, and natural disasters.

Participants will: 

1) Identify and describe the differences between trauma and grief as it relates to play themes in play therapy.

2) Identify various stages and expressions of grief and loss in play therapy.

3) Describe unique considerations when addressing death and dying in play therapy. 

4) List the stages of play therapy when working with victims of natural disasters.

5) Demonstrate specific play therapy techniques and interventions to address grief and loss in play therapy.

6) Practice up to 8 play therapy interventions to address grief and loss in play therapy.

7) Identify the stages of grief in divorce as it relates to play expression in play therapy.

8) Practice and demonstrate documentation and ethical considerations when working with grief and loss issues in play therapy. 

 

 

Richmond Creative Counseling, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 6946. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmond Creative Counseling LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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