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Chanel McCord, MA, LPC 

Friday July 10, 2020 - 10:00am- 12:00pm  

Primary Area: Special Topics/Skills and Methods - 2 Contact Hours  

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Increases Personal Strengths

Workshop Title: "Watch Your Mouth": Generational Healing through Positive Self-Talk

Summary: Throughout generations, Black families and other communities of color have been taught that talking about mental health is off limits. Play therapy professionals will engage in a discussion about how trauma that occurs in childhood can lead to negative self-talk across the lifespan. Play therapy practitioners will be introduced to strategies that can help students shift the negative self-talk narrative to positive self-talk that allows for emotional growth and maturity and begin healing generational trauma.

Training Objectives:

1. Identify and discuss the mental/emotional implications of negative self-talk narratives within individuals and families receiving play therapy services.

2. Discuss the benefits of using play therapy in helping clients establish a replacement narrative that promotes healthy and positive self-talk within communities of color.

3. Identify play therapy strategies to use with clients to promote a positive replacement narrative that reinforces trauma healing.  

Dr. Ajita Robinson, NCC, LCPC-S

Friday July 10, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Primary Area: Special Topics/Skills and Methods - 2 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Increases Personal Strengths

Workshop Title: The Cost of Making It: The Weight of Being the "First"

Summary: This session will introduce attendees to using expressive therapies such as play therapy with “first generation” adult clients. The facilitator will explore identified benefits of using play therapy with this adult population who experience stress, anxiety and relational issues relating to childhood experiences of poverty and trauma. Utilizing a case example, attendees will explore the losses and resiliency of adult clients and apply experiential and narrative approaches to identifying, naming and releasing generational patterns and re-writing ones’ story.

Training Objectives:

1. Explore the impact of generational cycles of trauma and poverty on adult clients receiving play therapy treatment.

2. Describe strategies to help “first generation” adults to develop psychological and emotional mechanisms to balance and manage stressors.

3. Utilize expressive and narrative play therapy approaches to assist clients with processing and rewriting their journey. 

Althea Simpson, MBA, LCSW, RPT-S

Saturday July 11, 2020 - 10:00am - 1:45pm

Primary Area: Special Topics/Seminal Theories - 3 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Enhances Social Relationships

Workshop Title: Parenting While Black: The Magic and Mystery of Making A Dollar Out of Fifteen Cents

Summary: Parenting while Black can lead to devastating consequences for children because often parents feel they need to be stricter to save their children form a “brutal society. As play therapy practitioners we must consider cultural uniqueness when working with parent/child dynamics in the Black community. This play therapy session will explore family dynamics and an overview of family systems theory, attachment theory and culture.  

Training Objectives:

1. Discuss how play therapy practitioners can re-frame family systems theory when working with Black children and families.

2. Play therapy practitioners will explore key principles of family functioning, including flexibility and cohesion.

3. Explain a comprehensive perspective that takes systemic, developmental, and other common factors into account when utilizing play therapy with Black children and families.  

Sheri Mitschelen, LCSW, RPT-S

Wednesday July 15, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Primary Area: Special Topics/Skills and Methods/Seminal Theories - 2 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Enhances Social Relationships

Workshop Title: Building and Enhancing Attachment through Theraplay®

Summary: Many parents are struggling with how to have a strong, positive relationships with their child in the busy world they live in these days. Theraplay® is a play therapy modality for children and their parents/caregivers to enhance attachment, self-esteem and trust in others. This play therapy workshop will introduce Theraplay® activities, which are directive play therapy activities that can be used in a variety of settings to enhance, strengthen and build attachment in the parent-child relationship. Participants will have an opportunity to view videos of and practice activities during this play therapy training.

Training Objectives:

1. Explain the four areas of Theraplay® (Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge) and how to incorporate them into play therapy settings.

2. Participants will describe how to introduce Theraplay® into play therapy sessions.

3. Demonstrate two Theraplay® activities that promote improved attachment between a parent and child in each of the four areas (Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge).

4. List three Theraplay® activities that can be used with groups or families receiving play therapy treatment.  

Sonia Hinds, APRN, PMH-BC, RPT-S 

Friday July 17, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Primary Area: Special Topics/Skills and Methods - 2 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Enhances Social Relationships

Workshop Topic: Achieving Social Justice by Empowering Young Black Minds Through Directive Play Therapy 

Summary: Black boys in our society are faced with racism daily, resulting in some cases, fear, anxiety and even Race-Based Trauma. As an advocate for children, therapists utilizing play therapy in their work needs to be well informed about racism, social injustice and the impact these have on the lives of the children served. Directive play therapy approaches will be presented to connect with, impart empathy, healing and empowerment. Participants attending this play therapy workshop will practice using art, music and bibliotherapy.

Training Objectives:

1. Define cultural competence, cultural humility, racism and Race-Based Trauma and its impact on Black boys receiving play therapy treatment.

2. Describe ways in which children express awareness of cultural differences in the play therapy room.

3. Identify examples of transference and countertransference related to cultural issues in play therapy practice.

4. Demonstrate directive play therapy strategies to empower young Black minds. 5. Analyze 10 qualities needed to enable culturally competent therapists to advocate for Social Justice when utilizing play therapy with Black boys.  

Laura Heller, LGSW and Allie Perez, MSW

Friday July 17, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Primary Area: Skills and Methods - 2 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Enhances Social Relationships

Workshop Title: Social Stories Expanded: A Trauma-Informed Intervention to Improve Teacher Engagement and Student Behavior

Summary: Social Stories support children's social and emotional learning and mitigating the impact of trauma through personalized stories. This workshop will demonstrate the use of social stories in play therapy to provide young children with developmentally appropriate ways to process life events, particularly traumatic ones. 

Training Objectives:

1. Identify non-traditional uses of social stories as they relate to common presenting concerns in play therapy (e.g. grief/loss, separation anxiety, transitions, feeling safe at school, etc.).

2. Prepare a social story that supports play therapy goals after developing knowledge of best practices for a standard social story and learning how to best modify the standard format to be trauma-informed and tailored to students' differing needs.

3. Practice presenting social stories to clients and client support systems to extend play therapy gains outside the therapy space.  

Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, PMH-C, RPT-S

Saturday July 18, 2020 - 10:00am - 1:45pm (45-Minute Break)

Primary Area: Special Topics/Skills and Methods/Seminal Theories - 3 Contact Hours  

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Fosters Emotional Wellness/Increases Personal Strengths

Workshop Topic: Processing Traumatic Memories in the Sandtray: Utilizing Postmodern and Jungian Approaches to Create Safety and Regulation

Workshop Summary: Individuals exposed to prolonged, severe, or intense levels of stress experience changes in their neuronal makeup; and for children, these changes can lead to long-term adverse effects on their cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical development. As the language center of the brain shuts-down during moments of terror and distress, using play therapy and other expressive means can increase the efficacy of trauma-informed services. Sandtray is a powerful intervention that can be integrated into play therapy practice to provide a safe setting to uncover and heal from distressing events and memories. This play therapy session will prepare participants on how to guide the unfolding and processing of traumatic memories in diverse populations using Jungian and Postmodern theories.  

Objectives:

1. Describe how the sandtray play therapy process allows children to process traumatic memories.

2. Apply regulating skills using the sandtray in play therapy.

3. Demonstrate postmodern sandtray play therapy skills to help clients from diverse backgrounds. 

Althea Simpson, MBA, LCSW, RPT-S

Wednesday July 22, 2020 - 10:00am - 1:45pm (45-Minute Lunch Break)

Primary Area: - Skills and Methods - 3 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Increases Personal Strengths 

Workshop Title: Play Therapy Supervision: An Introspective Journey

Summary: Play therapy supervision is about the supervisor guiding the supervisee to become more clinically effective in their work with individuals and families. This play therapy workshop will focus on a variety of situations that can present in play therapy supervision. Play therapy professionals will focus on knowledge and understanding of general supervision principles as well as specific areas of clinical practice. During the workshop, participants will work in small groups and utilize, sandtray, LEGOs and art-based activities to examine supervisory experiences, explore practical play therapy supervision strategies and develop a self-care plan.  

Training Objectives:

1. Identify and discuss two main functions of play therapy supervision.

2. Identify and discuss critical elements to include in a supervision contract.

3. Discuss ethical considerations in play therapy supervision.

4. Identify and discuss play therapy clinical supervision theories, models, and competencies.

5. Participate in self-assessment and experiential play therapy supervision exercises.

Omeaka Jackson, LCPC

Friday July 24, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Primary Area: - Skills and Methods - 2 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Enhances Social Relationships/Increases Personal Strengths 

Workshop Title: Using Play Therapy to Improve Family Communication Skills 

Workshop Summary: Summary: Many families struggle with healthy communication skills. When parents listen to their children, it helps children feel loved and valued. A family systems approach can explore patterns of interaction and communication that facilitates positive or negative movement toward growth or dissolution. Utilizing play therapy can help families express feelings and problem-solve to improve communication.

Training Objectives:

1. Describe defensive and supportive communication from a family systems perspective.

2. Discuss benefits of utilizing play therapy to improve family communication patterns and overall family functioning.

3. Demonstrate strategies to incorporate into play therapy with parents to improve interactions with their children.

Yuvelqui Rattigan, LCSW-C and Denielle Randall, LCSW-C

Friday July 24, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Primary Area: - Special Topics/Skills and Methods - 2 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Fosters Emotional Wellness/Increases Personal Strengths 

Workshop Title: "Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself: Describing Play Therapy in an Urban Context”

Summary: Play therapy is a treatment modality that allows children to engage in their natural state of play. Children and adolescents in the urban community are often taught to hold in negative feelings and emotions. Attendees will be introduced to play therapy strategies to work effectively with the urban population.

Training Objectives:

1. Identify 3 or more contributing factors to the issues of diversity in play therapy

2. Describe the characteristics of play therapy in the urban context.

3. Identify 2 or more clinical best practices when working with the urban population.

4. Demonstrate 3 play therapy techniques that enhance engagement and assessment when working with the urban population.

Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC

Saturday July 25, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Primary Area: Special Topics - 2 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Enhances Social Relationships

Workshop Title: Black Kids on The Spectrum: Merging Cultural Competence Within The African American Autism Community

Summary: This play therapy session will highlight the importance of cultural awareness when working with Black families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The facilitators will analyze and explain cultural developments and biases Black parents face when seeking services for their children. The presenters discuss methods that can be used to coach play therapy professionals, parents, caregivers, and program leaders in shifting their practices to be more culturally responsible. This session will illustrate the current state of the field of Autism and play therapy in the areas of servicing diverse communities. Attendees will identify how biases can lead to “resistance” with families in the play therapy settings.

Training Objectives:

1. Describe autism spectrum disorder and identify characteristics of children with autism.

2. Discuss the importance of culturally responsive treatment of Black children with spectrum disorders receiving play therapy services.

3. Discuss potential clinician biases and unknown ableist views that may affect the outcomes of successful joining with Black parents during the play therapy treatment process.

4. Identify effective components of culturally responsive communication between professionals and educators and the autism community.  

Shayne McNichols, LMSW

Friday July 31, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Primary Area: Skills and Methods - 2 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Increases Personal Strengths

Workshop Title: Trauma Informed Care: Compassion From the Inside Out

Summary: Play therapy practitioners can be affected by client trauma experiences. Self-identification of triggering content in play therapy spaces is essential to maintaining healthy boundaries and positive therapeutic relationships when working with clients who present with trauma symptoms. This play therapy workshop will explore self-care practices that combat secondary trauma and compassion fatigue, which is all too common in the helping profession.

Training Objectives:

1. Identify trauma symptoms in individuals and families, and how symptoms impact engagement in play therapy treatment.

2. Identify and discuss ways to integrate play therapy and trauma therapy relative to age, stage, and traumatic event.

3. Demonstrate play therapy techniques and attendees will create personal plans to address self-care needs to prevent and reduce the impact of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.  

  

Althea Simpson, LCSW, RPT-S

Friday July 31 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Primary Area: Special Topics/Skills & Methods - 2 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Enhances Social Relationships/Fosters Emotional Wellness/Increases Personal Strengths 

*Workshop Change-NASW CEs Not Available - Please confer with your respective state licensing board.

Workshop Title: Faith, Spirituality & Healing in Therapeutic Spaces

Summary: Spirituality and religion are acknowledged healing components in many clients’ mental health. This workshop will engage play therapy practitioners in a discussion around their awareness, knowledge and skills relating to incorporating religion or spirituality into therapeutic spaces. Play therapy can be seen as a spiritual process because play promotes children’s understanding and use of symbolism. Play therapy can provide a safe space for clients to explore and develop their spirituality and relate it to meaning in their lives.

Training Objectives:

1. Discuss faith or spiritual belief as being central to the identity of individuals receiving play therapy treatment.

2. Explore play therapy as an expression of spiritual connection and boundaries for effective incorporation in treatment.

3. Describe the role of spirituality as a coping mechanism in children receiving play therapy treatment.

4. Demonstrate spiritual-based activities to incorporate into play therapy sessions with individuals and families. 

Althea Simpson, LCSW, RPT-S

Saturday August 1, 2020 - 10:00am - 1:45pm (45-Minute Break)

Primary Area: Special Topics/Skills & Methods - 3 Contact Hours

Therapeutic Powers of Play: Facilitates Communication/Enhances Social Relationships/Increases Personal Strengths 

*Workshop Change-NASW CEs Not Available - Please confer with your respective state licensing board.

Workshop Title: Domestic Violence: Awareness and Elements of Effective Treatment in the Black Community 

Summary: Domestic violence treatment is not cookie cutter. This workshop will engage play therapy practitioners in a discussion that will explore domestic violence in the Black community. Effective domestic violence treatment in the Black community must recognize the ineffectiveness of stressing separation of the family. Evidence suggests that Black children and adolescents’ rates of domestic violence victimization are higher compared to other segments of the population. Individuals and families in the Black community benefit from treatment when mental health professionals’ value and acknowledge culture and heritage, especially children, when working therapeutically to provide play therapy and other expressive therapies to reduce symptoms of trauma. Attendees will explore a family systems approach to using play therapy with Black children and families with challenging family dynamics.

Training Objectives:

1.  Identify and discuss social supports and the importance of family relationships in the Black community.

2. Discuss the cultural context and barriers communities of color face when it comes to seeking treatment.

3. Discuss mandated reporting requirements of child and adolescent disclosure of domestic violence exposure in play therapy practice.

4. Demonstrate play therapy techniques to assess and engage children and families in treatment.

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