Message From Association for Play Therapy, Inc 

I would be remiss, if I did not take some time to personally congratulate you for organizing the Inaugural Black Play Therapy Symposium. Thank you for providing an opportunity to increase cultural awareness and competency in the field, and for your efforts in advancing play therapy. This is an incredible feat, and one that without a doubt, will have lasting rippling effects in our community. - Kathryn Lebby, CAE, CMP - President / CEO  

Association for Play Therapy Approved Provider 18-532

2nd Annual Black Play Therapy Symposium: Healing Communities of Color Through A Multicultural Lens

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Communities of color face many challenges, including racial tension, police brutality, substance abuse, domestic violence and community violence that contribute to mental health issues and consequently affect children and families. In far too many instances, when people of color decide to access mental health services, including play therapy for their children, they often receive poorer treatment due to lack of cultural competence, bias and resources that are not culturally responsive. The 2020 Black Play Therapy Symposium will offer breakout sessions that highlight many issues that disproportionately affect mental health in communities of color and provide information and strategies for mental health professionals utilizing play therapy in their work within these communities. This play therapy symposium is packed with innovative and thought provoking general and breakout sessions to shift the way mental health professionals practice play therapy with communities of color that delivers multicultural treatment that recognizes that a client's race and culture influence their personality, decision-making skills, and reasons for or willingness to seek any mental health help. Attendees can earn up to 15 contact Play Therapy CEs. NASW and NBCC CEs pending approval. Enjoy a weekend of learning, networking and partying at the 2nd Annual Black Play Therapy Symposium: Healing Communities of Color from a Multicultural Lens. 

Early Bird Registration

October 14, 2019 - December 31, 2019 


Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Fairfax County, VA


April 17-19, 2020 8:45am (Friday) 2:15pm (Sunday)


$385/Presale $489/Early Bird $589/Regular $629/Late

Althea Simpson, LCSW, RPT-S Founder of Black Play Therapy Sympsoium  

Althea Simpson, MBA, LCSW, LICSW is an independent business consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the business arena. Althea also has nine years’ experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in trauma. She has been consulting with individuals and small businesses for more than eight years. Althea helps individuals and companies align activities with key strategies to create “success stories.” She advises on and provides consultation, training and coaching in the areas of mental health, strategic and change management, marketing and client relationship management. Althea walks-the-walk, serving many roles in the mental health and business communities and is committed to working with clients on strategy, planning and problem solving, and helping them develop business related skills and knowledge. 

2020 Speaker Highlights.

Dr. Stacey Patton 

Child Avocate/Author

Award-Wining Jouranlist 

Spare the Kids 


Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors K.I.D.Z., Inc. & Success Coaching

Shivonne Odom, LCPC, LPC, NCC 

Sunday Lunch & Learn Keynote 

Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC  




CE Approval

Play Therapy CEs are approved. Licensure CEs will be sought once all breakout sessions have been selected. The April 2019 conference received licensure CE approval, so I don't anticipate a problem for 2020. There is a $25.00 Fee for CEs (Not Included in Conference Ticket) that can be paid on-site or via mail. 

Let's Play!