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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

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: Click Here
 

Understanding the Play Therapy Process for Children with a History of Relationship Trauma
Facillitator: Mary Morrison Bennett, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S
February 20, 2015
10 CEUs

The process of play therapy can be confusing and challenging with children who have experienced significant interpersonal trauma. Play therapists often struggle to understand the meaning of the child's play and question their ability to be effective in helping the child heal. At times, fully and unconditionally accepting these children is a challenge. In this interactive workshop, and from personal case examples, Dr. Bennett will take us on a journey of exploration of the often challenging play therapy process and how an enhanced understanding of the process can facilitate movement and growth, with a focus on 1) conceptualizing the child within the context of relationship trauma, 2) recognizing unique challenges in the therapist-child relationship, 3) understanding and responding to post traumatic play themes, and 4) developing strategies for systemic intervention to facilitate movement and growth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to recognize unique challenges in the therapist-child relationship in play therapy with a child who has experienced a trauma.
  • Participants will be able to indentify post-traumatic play qualities in play therapy clients.
  • Participants will understand how to respond to post-traumatic play themes 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: $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
RegistrationClick Here


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.