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Seminar Information

Seminars are held on the Texas State University campus. Each seminar will have 4 hours worth of reading to be completed before the seminar and then the seminar will be 6 hours for a total of 10 hrs of CE. You will receive the readings via email after you register for the seminar. We provide CE credit for Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Work and the Association for Play Therapy.

Seminars are from 9:00am-4:00pm, lunch is on your own feel free to bring a brown bag. Seminars are limited to 20 people, we encourage you to register early, if registration is low then the seminar will be canceled 2 weeks before the scheduled date and registration will be refunded.

These seminars are designed to be both for continuing education as well as for those interested in earning the Registered Play Therapy Credential through the Association for Play Therapy.

We hope you will be able to join us!

Upcoming Seminars

Family Play Therapy
Facilitator: Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
September 19, 2014
10 CEUs

This workshop is an experiential program that presents the foundations of familyplay therapy and an opportunity to learn and practice several family play therapy techniques. We will discuss the effectiveness of family therapy and when therapists may choose to use family therapy on a weekly basis or as an adjunct to play therapy. The techniques that will be presented include Family Aquarium, Family Puppet Interview, Family Sandtray, and Family Sculpting. Participants will practice the family play therapy techniques in “family groups,” with each member having the opportunity to be the therapist.  We will discuss how to use these techniques with diverse families, different ages of family members, and various counseling settings.

Educational Objectives:

Understand the benefit of shifting focus in play therapy from identified client to whole family
Create a playful and engaging play therapy atmosphere for family counseling
Learn techniques that can assess how the family functions in family play therapy

Seminar Details
Location: Texas State University, San Marcos, Education Building, Room 4040
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm with lunch on your own; feel free to bring a brown bag
Cost: $130 Professionals, $95 Students
CE Credits: Continuing Education hours are 4 hours of reading to be completed before the seminar and 6 hours of seminar for a total of 10 hours
Registration: Click Here

Play Therapy and Expressive Art Activities: Facilitating Healing of Eating Disorders in Adolescents
Facilitator: Kate Halinski, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S


November 14, 2014
10 CEUs

Play Therapy andexpressive art activities used in the individual or group counseling setting can serve as a powerful therapeutic intervention for children or adolescents struggling with an eating disorder. Through the language of imagery, play therapy techniques, including sandtray, can aid in promoting insight as it serves to illustrate the inner experience of the client. School counselors, counselors at the university level, community counselors and private practitioners can benefit by learning ways to appropriately facilitate individual and group exploration of issues related to eating disorders. In addition, attendees will gain an understanding of how to tailor play therapy and expressive art activities as a means of early intervention and prevention of eating disorders. NOTE: This is an advanced seminar, basic knowledge of play therapy and sandtray are required.

Participants will:

  1. Identify the current diagnostic criteria for Eating Disorders in children and adolescents
  2. Understand the rationale for utilizing play therapy and expressive art activities with children and adolescents struggling with eating disorders
  3. Learn various expressive art activities focused on issues related to eating disorder recovery

Seminar Details
Location: Texas State University, San Marcos, Education Building, Room 4040
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm with lunch on your own; feel free to bring a brown bag
Cost: $130 Professionals, $95 Students
CE Credits: Continuing Education hours are 4 hours of reading to be completed before the seminar and 6 hours of seminar for a total of 10 hours
Registration: Click Here

Introduction to Sandtray for Play Therapists
Facillitator: Dr. Linda Homeyer, LPC-S, RPT-S
January 23, 2015
10 CEUs

This workshop is for the play therapist that is new at using sandtray. The session will cover the six-step protocol including: materials; setting-up the room; session protocol and documentation. You will be introduced to several therapeutic uses of sandtray materials.
Sandtray therapy is a quickly expanding and growing area within play therapy. However, many have not received any training in the modality. This all-day training will provide the historical context for sandtray therapy; how to integrate sandtray into the play therapist’s therapeutic milieu and play therapy/counseling theory; the brain’s response to, and use of, sandtray. We will cover understanding the underlying principles of selecting the elements needed to set-up a sandtray therapy room, including rationale of categories of sandtray miniatures, variety of sizes and shapes of sandtrays, managing the use of water, etc. Also discussed will be a protocol for a sandtray session and use of a session documentation form. The day will include a review of some of the sandtray the research. Several activities will be built into the day to provide the critical component of any experiential therapy training: the clinician’s actual experience of activities they will use with their clients so they will know how it feels for the client to use the media.

Participants will:

  1. be able to set the development of sandtray within the context of the play therapy movement
  2. identify how to set-up a clinical space, both materials and therapeutically
  3. list categories of miniatures and discuss issues regarding selection
  4. be able to identify how the brain interactions/responds to the use of sandtray
Note: This seminar was last held July 2014. Do not register if you took at in July 2014.

Seminar Details
Location: Texas State University, San Marcos, Education Building, Room 4040
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm with lunch on your own; feel free to bring a brown bag
Cost: $130 Professionals, $95 Students
CE Credits: Continuing Education hours are 4 hours of reading to be completed before the seminar and 6 hours of seminar for a total of 10 hours
Registration: Coming Soon


Location and Parking

Institute for Play Therapy seminars
will be held in the
Education Building, 4th Floor
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666
 
Parking is available at the Performing Arts Parking Garage. This garage is located at the corner of University Drive and Edward Gary, one block south of the Education Building. All day parking is available for $14.

Refund Policy: Please request a refund, if needed, in writing at least two weeks before the seminar for a full refund. Refunds requested within the two weeks prior to the seminar will be charged a $30 processing fee. The Institute for Play Therapy reserves the right to cancel a seminar if there are fewer than 8 participants registered as of 14 days before the start of the seminar. In the case of cancellation, we will refund registration fees in full, or the participant can choose to apply funds towards an alternate seminar.