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Past Seminars

Gender Identity and Expression in Play Therapy: Supporting Children Across the Gender Spectrum

Kimberly Jayne

Speaker: Kimberly Jayne, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT-S

Date: March 5, 2021

Time: 1pm-4 pm CST

Location: Online Seminar via Zoom

CE Credits: 3 hours (3 contact + 2 non-contact)

Gender identity and expression are dynamic processes that impact children in and out of play therapy. Through this workshop, participants will explore how gender identity develops in childhood and intersects with other identities and cultural experiences. Play therapists will identify how they may become more conscious of gender bias and create a gender-affirming play therapy practice. Participants will build knowledge and skills to support and advocate for an expansive web of gender identities and expression through intentional use of language, toys and materials, therapeutic responses, and play therapy interventions. Beyond the playroom, play therapists will learn to how to work effectively with families, caregivers and systems to support children in developing and expressing their gender identity.


  1. Participants will be able to describe key concepts and experiences related to healthy gender identity development in childhood.
  2. Participants will be able to identify language, structures, toys, materials, therapeutic responses, and interventions that support healthy gender expression and identity development in play therapy.
  3. Participants will be able to apply knowledge and skills for working effectively with families, caregivers, and systems to support children’s gender identity development and expression in play therapy.

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 3 CONTACT CE Hours and 2 non-contact CE credits.

Solution-Focused Play Therapy: A Two-Part Series

Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig

Speaker: Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

Date: February 12 & 13, 2021

Time: 9am-12 pm CST both days

Location: Online Seminar via Zoom

CE Credits: 6 contact (+ 4 optional non-contact)

Are you ready to help children and caregivers find solutions in play therapy? Solution-focused play therapy (SFPT) is a strength-based approach to play therapy. This interactive workshop will explore ways of being with kids that are playful, systemic, and affirmative. SFPT focuses on helping clients work through challenges by identifying and building on internal assets and external resources.

In Part 1 of this workshop, we discuss the history of solution-focused play therapy, philosophical framework, and key concepts. Participants will explore the difference between a problem-oriented and solution-focused perspective. We will also discuss the SFPT 12 Basic Skills and their fit with children at different developmental levels.

In Part 2, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to employ SFPT techniques with children. Participants will also practice the two SFPT interventions. The presenter will also share solution-focused playroom resources for working with children and teens. Participants must attend Part 1 in order to participate in Part 2.


  1. Identify 2 contributions to the philosophical framework of SFPT.
  2. Define 3 key concepts of SFPT.
  3. Demonstrate 3 SFPT basic skills through the SFPT Skills Practice Worksheet.
  4. Describe 2 SFPT techniques that emphasize goal setting and progress assessment.
  5. Evaluate 2 SFPT interventions that can be employed in the playroom.
  6. Develop a list of 10 beneficial SFPT playroom resources.

Virtual Sandtray Therapy (TM): Foundations, Fundamentals, and Fun

Jessica Stone

Speaker: Jessica Stone, PhD, RPT-S

January 8, 2021, 1pm - 3pm via Zoom

3 CEs (2 contact + 1 non-contact)

Grounded in the fundamentals of the Therapeutic Powers of Play, Prescriptive Play Therapy, and Digital Play Therapy, this course is for the play therapist who would like to explore the therapeutic use of the Virtual Sandtray App in play therapy sessions.

Along with identifying the therapeutic components, basic use information will be provided through live demonstration of the program.

Note: The purpose of this workshop is to provide information about a tool for use in Virtual Sandtray (TM) and is not a promotional presentation. The Virtual Sandtray App is not included in the registration cost of the workshop. Even if participants do not purchase the app, they will be able to apply information learned to their general virtual work with clients.

  1. Identify at least one Therapeutic Power of Play’s core agent of change activated in the use of the Virtual Sandtray App when used during digital play therapy.
  2. Describe how the Therapeutic Powers of Play graphic can be used to write clinical play therapy notes.
  3. Explain at least one way the Virtual Sandtray App maintains a private secure modality of use during play therapy.

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours + 1 non-contact CE hour.

Building Blocks of Child-Centered Play Therapy

Katie Purswell

Speaker: Katie Purswell, PhD, LPC-S, RPT, CCCPT-Trainer

November 13, 2020, 9am-11am via Zoom

3 CEs (2 contact + 1 non-contact)

Child-centered play therapy is a commonly used and commonly misunderstood theory of play therapy. It is also one of the play therapy theories with the strongest evidence-base and it has been shown to be useful with children from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Join this workshop to learn more about the underlying philosophy and basic skills of child-centered play therapy.


  1. Describe the facilitative conditions for child-centered play therapy
  2. Identify four facilitative skills in child-centered play therapy
  3. Explain how these skills help foster the facilitative conditions

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours + 1 non-contact CE hour.

Play Therapy through the Lens of Cultural Competence, Cultural Humility, and Antiracism

Maria Haiyasoso

Speaker: Maria Haiyasoso, PhD, LPC, RPT, NCC

October 16, 2020, 9am-11am via Zoom

3 CEs (2 contact + 1 non-contact)

Cultural competence and cultural humility are among the most important qualities for play therapists to possess when serving culturally diverse populations of children and families. In this seminar, we will discuss these tenets, and participants will expand their understanding of being culturally responsive - from toy selection to caregiver consultation to examining antiracism as an important concept, in and out of the playroom.


  1. Learn about cultural competence and cultural humility and their contributions to facilitating culturally responsive play therapy
  2. Discuss the process through which play therapists can expand their cultural competence and cultural humility (i.e., awareness, knowledge, and skills)
  3. Understand social justice in the context of play therapy and play therapists' commitment to antiracism

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours + 1 non-contact CE hour.

Honoring Culture in Play Therapy

Yolanda Fountain

Speaker: Yolanda Fountain, Ph.D., LPC, ACS, RPT-S, NCC

September 25, 2020, 9am-11am

3 CEs (2 contact + 1 non-contact)

Culture can be challenging to grasp, yet it is essential to understand! This workshop focuses on enhancing play therapists' cultural knowledge, skills, and humility. Participants will explore barriers to effectiveness and explore self- and other- cultural awareness.


  1. Review five barriers to wholesome multiculturism within the play therapy field
  2. Apply one play therapy activity to enhance the play therapist's cultural awareness
  3. Recognize five ways to engage in culturally humble play therapy across multiple cultures

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours + 1 non-contact CE hour.