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.

Intermediate Methods in Animal-Assisted Counseling
Facillitator: Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
June 27-30, 2016
40 CEUs

Intermediate Methods in Animal-Assisted Counseling (AAC) is the second workshop of the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy. This training will provide intermediate training in animal-assisted counseling and play therapy skills and techniques in the context of a human-animal team. All animals will be pre-assessed prior to the training. Participants will work towards Pet Partners therapy team registration. Prerequisite: Introduction to AAC. To register for this workshop, please complete an AAC Academy application, sign up for the Introduction to AAC workshop, and complete the registration (payment) process.

Seminar Details:
Location: Texas State University, San Marcos
CE Credit: Participants earn 40 CEUs (24 direct, 16 indirect)
Cost: $600.00 per course
Registration: Click Here

Play Therapy with Sexually-Abused Children
Facilitator: Erin T. White, MA, LPC-S, RPT-S
July 15, 2016
10 CEUs

Child sexual abuse brings a complex, multi-faceted dynamic to the play therapy process. It requires a unique knowledge base to treat effectively and ethically. This seminar will provide play therapists with tools to navigate cases involving child sexual abuse – including how to respond to outcries in session, work within the parameters of an investigation, and conceptualize and treat these clients in play therapy. For every clinician who has ever wanted to understand how sexual abuse impacts children, wondered how to approach treating this population, and worried about how to maintain their role while working alongside law enforcement and CPS, this workshop will set the foundation to begin this work.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the child protection system that responds to discoveries of child sexual abuse and how to navigate this system, operating within it while maintaining their therapeutic role. 
  • Recognize the myriad dynamics at play in cases of child sexual abuse, utilizing this knowledge in case conceptualization and treatment planning in a play therapy context.
  • Develop an understanding of key neurobiological concepts that inform play therapy treatment of child sexual abuse.
  • Apply play therapy techniques to treat symptoms resulting from child sexual abuse.

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
Facilitator: Dr. Linda Homeyer, LPC-S, RPT-S
August 12, 2016
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.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the day, 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 

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

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.


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.