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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

Helping Children Heal from Divorce
Facilitator: Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwing, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
May 16, 2014
10 CEUs

Divorce can be overwhelming for children and parents. Join us as we discuss individual and group approaches to help kids work through post divorce adjustment. Bibliotherapy, expressive arts, and puppet play are some of the individual techniques we will discuss. Group approaches will also be presented, with an emphasis on group activities, age considerations, and resources needed.  The small group seminar environment for this workshop will provide opportunities for sharing experiences and networking. 

Learning objectives 
After this workshop participants will be able to:
  • Identify the challenges children face after divorce
  • Describe four individual techniques to help children work through divorce
  • Practice facilitating one individual technique
  • Evaluate group counseling topics and activities based on age considerations
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: Linda E. Homeyer, PhD, LPCS, RPT-S
July 18, 2013
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

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 Children and Adolescents
Facilitator: Kate Halinski, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S


August 15, 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: 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.