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.

Introduction to Animal-Assisted Counseling
Facillitator: Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
May 16-19, 2016
40 CEUs

This training is the first workshop of the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy. This training will provide an introduction to counseling and play therapy history and theory, animal-assisted counseling (AAC) and play therapy, the human-animal bond, evidence-based research in AAC and play therapy, various therapeutic settings, canine communication, and positive training approaches for AAC. To register for this workshop, please complete an AAC Academy application 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
RegistrationClick Here

Advocating for Play Therapy in Schools
Facilitator: Jaclyn N. Sepp, MA, LPC, RPT, NCC, CSC
June 17, 2016
10 CEUs

Play therapy offers a safe place for children to work through difficulties they are experiencing in their life without the threat of real-life consequences.  Developmentally appropriate and empirically supported, play therapy can be utilized by school counselors as both a preventative and as a responsive intervention with students that are facing emotional and academic issues.  Most of the time a child’s mental health needs are first recognized and addressed in the school setting, why not use the power of play in your comprehensive school counseling program?

After the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Advocate to school administration and colleagues about the history & benefits of play therapy as a part of your comprehensive school counseling program.
  2. Utilize a consultation model that will enhance your communication with school personnel about the use of play therapy and ways to implement Child Teacher Relationship Training (CTRT) on your campus.
  3. Incorporate play therapy into your comprehensive school counseling program, including setting up a play space, providing parent training opportunities, and becoming a School Based-Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT).
  4. Utilize a variety of play therapy techniques to help students cope with their social, emotional and behavioral challenges in both elementary and secondary school environments.

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

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

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.