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Upcoming Seminars

Play Therapy with Toddlers and Preschoolers: What to Do When They are So Young

Mary Bennett

Facilitator: Mary Bennett, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, CCPT-Trainer, CPRT-Trainer

Date: May 17, 2019
10 CEs

Workshop Abstract

Many people know that play therapy is an effective approach for children ages 5 to 12. Play therapy can also be effective for younger children, ages 2 to 4. In this seminar we'll explore how to facilitate play therapy with young children. Participants will explore the core conditions of child-centered play therapy, integrate developmental considerations, and synthesize the Child-Parent Relationship Therapy-Toddler Model. Discover how to promote healing and play with young children in this IPT seminar.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. State Roger’s 6 core conditions in child-centered play therapy.
  2. Evaluate why Child-Centered Play Therapy is developmentally appropriate for young children.
  3. Identify techniques for working with parents of young children.
  4. Explore the emotional development of toddlers which impacts their expression in play therapy.
  5. Learn and synthesize the Child-Parent Relationship Therapy-Toddler Model.
  6. Identify characteristics of developmentally appropriate play in young children who participate in play therapy.
Toddlers playing with blocks

SEMINAR DETAILS

Location: Texas State University, San Marcos, Education Building, Room 4040
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm with lunch on your own from 12-1pm; feel free to bring a brown bag
Cost: $150 Professionals, $110 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. Readings will be emailed to registrants after completing registration.

 

Sandtray Therapy Certification Module 1: Foundations of Sandtray Therapy

Facilitators: Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S & Marshall Lyles, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Dates: June 14 & 15, 2019
20 CEs


Sandtray Therapy Certification uses a cohort model. This means that participants should plan to attend all three trainings and participate in both consultations. If you are not able to participate in all of the certification requirements this year, please wait to register during a year when you can. 


Workshop Abstract

Day 1: Sandtray Therapy Basics

On the first day of this seminar we will cover the history and prominent literature in the field of sandtray therapy and play therapy, categories of miniatures, setting up the sandtray room or playroom, facilitative skills used with sandtray and play therapy, and the sandtray protocol. Participants will create sandtrays each day of this module.

Day 2: Person of the Therapist

On the second day of this seminar we will discuss neurobiology and how this impacts our work in sandtray and play therapy with children and adults. We will also discuss trauma work with clients using sandtray.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Cite the history of the play therapy and the sandtray therapy movement
  2. Sketch and describe the sand tray-based playroom
  3. List categories of miniatures and discuss issues regarding selection
  4. Identify how the brain interacts and responds to the use of sandtray
  5. Discuss mindfulness and interpersonal neurobiology as it impacts the therapist
  6. Complete a Session Summary Report specifically to sandtray therapy
  7. Utilize the Self-Assessment Form to inform professional growth and efficacy of sessions
Living miniatures

SEMINAR DETAILS

Location: Texas State University, San Marcos, Education Building, Room 4040
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm both days with lunch on your own from 12-1pm; feel free to bring a brown bag
Cost: $400 Professionals, $300 Students
CE Credits: Continuing Education hours are 8 hours of reading to be completed before the seminar and 12 hours of seminar for a total of 20 hours. Readings will be emailed to registrants after completing registration.

 

Introduction to Animal-Assisted Counseling

Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig

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

Date: June 10-13, 2019
40 CEs

Workshop Abstract

Are you interested in beginning a career in animal-assisted counseling and play therapy? The Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling (AAC) Academy is a professional training program that promotes the human-animal bond through the study and practice of animal-assisted counseling and play therapy. The mission of the AAC Academy is to provide quality training in animal-assisted counseling that improves the well being of children and families through positive human-animal interactions. The AAC Academy offers a series of intensive workshops for graduate students and professionals to earn introductory and advanced training in animal-assisted counseling and play therapy. The AAC Academy offers a Certification in Animal-Assisted Counseling.

The Introduction to AAC training provides an exploration and introduction to animal-assisted counseling and play therapy history and theory, the human-animal bond, evidence-based research in AAC and play therapy, various therapeutic settings, canine communication, and positive training approaches for AAC and play therapy. Participants earn 40 CEUs (24 direct, 16 indirect).

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine and discuss the introduction to animal-assisted counseling and play therapy history and theory.
  2. Define and explain the nature and purpose of animal-assisted counseling and play therapy and the human-animal bond.
  3. Identify evidence-based research AAC and play therapy.
  4. Explore of the use of goal-directed AAC and play therapy with different settings and populations.
  5. Identify aspects of canine-communication and positive training approaches and how to apply this knowledge in counseling and play therapy settings.
  6. Summarize ethical, legal, and professional issues in AAC and play therapy.
Morgan and Rio laughing

SEMINAR DETAILS

Location: Texas State University, San Marcos, Education Building
Dates: June 10-13, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm with lunch on your own from 12-1pm; feel free to bring a lunch
Cost:  $900 Professionals, $800 Students
CE Hours: Participants earn 40 CEUs (24 direct, 16 indirect).

 


Cancellation Policy

IPT Nonrefundable fees: For one-day IPT seminars, there is a $35 nonrefundable fee for administrative costs associated with processing each payment. 

IPT Cancellations: Written cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the training will receive a refund minus the nonrefundable fee. Cancellations within two weeks of the training, after the training, or no shows will not receive a refund.

AAC Academy Cancellations: There is a $50 nonrefundable fee for each AAC Academy training. The AAC has a separate cancellation policy that can be found at: AAC Schedule & Rates.

The Institute for Play Therapy and the AAC Academy reserve 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 a future seminar.

Continuing Education

APT Approved Provider

The Texas State University Institute for Play Therapy, located in San Marcos, TX, is approved to offer continuing education through the Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider #12-336), the Texas Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors (Provider #635) and Social Workers (Provider #6385). The Institute for Play Therapy maintains responsibility for the program.