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Play Therapy Seminars

Seminars are held on the Texas State University campus. Each will have 4 hours of reading to be completed before the seminar and the seminar will be 6 hours for a total of 10 hrs of CE (6 contact, 4 non contact). You will receive readings via email after you registration. TxState's Institute for Play Therapy is approved to offer Texas Licensed Professional Counselor continuing education, Provider #635; Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, Provider #6385; and is APT Approved, Provider #12-336. TxState IPT maintains responsibility for the program.

Seminars are from 9am-4pm. Lunch is on your own (feel free to bring a brown bag). Registrations are limited to 20 people. If registration is low, the seminar may be canceled 2 weeks prior and registrations refunded.

Seminars are designed for both continuing education and for those interested in earning the Registered Play Therapy Credential through the Association for Play Therapy.

How did this get to be so hard?  The challenges of working with parents

Facilitator- Mary Morrison Bennett, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Date: May 19, 2017
10 CEUs

Workshop Abstract
Effective parent consultations are critical in every play therapy practice.  This interactive presentation focuses on engaging parents in the therapeutic process and teaching therapeutic skills.  We will focus on helping parents to see their child through a therapeutic lens.

Learning Objectives

Objective 1    Learn to utilize their theory in working with parents in the play therapy process four components of adolescent development.

Objective 2    Learn the importance of self-awareness in working with parents in the play therapy process.

Objective 3    Evaluate personal responses to challenging parent behaviors.

Objective 4    Learn to incorporate neurobiology and development in the parent education component of the play therapy process.

Objective 5    Learn to have empathy for parents through the change process.

Objective 6    Learn to work with difficult parents in play therapy.

resources for working with teens in 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: $135 Professionals, $100 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. Readings will be emailed to registrants after completing registration.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

 

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.


 

School Counselors' Effective Use of Group Play Therapy

Facilitator- Sarah Blalock, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, CSC
Date: June 30, 2017
10 CEUs

Workshop Abstract

Group play therapy offers special challenges and rewards.  The presence of another child combined with the presence of the counselor can provide children with unique opportunities for growth, along with the possibility of unexpected “magic.”  Participants will have an opportunity to explore the unique benefits of group play therapy, the appropriate use of group play therapy, the challenges of providing group play therapy, the counseling skills required, the ethics involved, and the specific issues related to providing group play therapy in the schools.   The presenter conducted group and individual play therapy as a school counselor for 10 years, and recently conducted a research project comparing the benefits of individual and group play therapy. The presenter will show video clips of herself providing group play therapy services. 

Learning Objectives

Objective 1   Participants will discuss the unique benefits and challenges of providing group play therapy to children in schools.

Objective 2   Participants will explore the use of group play therapy as compared to the use of individual play therapy, and how to make decisions regarding which children (and in what combination) might benefit most from the group play therapy modality. 

 

Objective 3    Participants will review the ethical concerns involved in conducting group 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: $135 Professionals, $100 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. Readings will be emailed to registrants after completing registration.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

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.


Room for everyone: Incorporating play into family therapy

Facilitator- Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S
Date: July 21, 2017
10 CEUs

Workshop Abstract
Working with family systems in play therapy brings many opportunities and challenges. The dynamic allows for play therapy to impact multiple members of a family simultaneously and provides insight to the therapist who witnesses the many relational dynamics. However, careful attention needs to be given to developmental considerations and the play therapist needs to be prepared for potentially difficult situations. This workshop will address the integration of play therapy with family therapy, allowing for ample time to address treatment planning and to practice family-based play therapy techniques.

Learning Objectives

Objective 1    Discuss the historical context of integrating the disciplines of play therapy and family therapy.

Objective 2    Practice treatment planning family play therapy sessions while attending to theoretical and developmental considerations.

Objective 3    Understand how to use parent consultations to enhance family-based play therapy sessions.

Objective 4    Utilize play-based techniques with families of various backgrounds and needs.

 

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: $135 Professionals, $100 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. Readings will be emailed to registrants after completing registration.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

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.