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MIAPT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2022

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Friday 02/25/22  6 hour Session - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

DAY 1: Friday, February 25 - Keynote

Using Play Therapy to Improve Self-Esteem

Kadesha Adelakun LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Low self-esteem is likely created during the early years of life, due to such things as the pressure of academic and social success at school, peer pressure and/or bullying, and being in an environment where they’re not the majority, as well as many other factors in their environment. Play Therapy is effective in increasing self-esteem. Play therapy can enhance health and improve self-esteem to improve children and adolescent’s mental health. Play therapy can also be beneficial to prevent “at-risk” children from developing lower self-esteem, while also improving children’s self-esteem, who are not “at-risk.” Some aspects of age and gender differences in self-esteem are universal across cultures, whereas other aspects are cultural dependent. This training will explore some of the contributing factors to self-esteem, as well as play therapy activities specific to self-esteem and self-confidence.  Understanding how to use play therapy in developing self-esteem and self-confidence in clients will be discussed- All Levels - Play Therapy Special Topics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to

1. Define self-esteem and race/ethnic, gender, and age considerations in play therapy

2. Identify at least  3 play therapy techniques to improve self-esteem

3. Describe at least 2  play therapy techniques to assess self-esteem

4. Demonstrate increased skill in using play therapy techniques with children and adolescents in individual and group work

5. Explain the importance of play in improving self-esteem in play therapy

6. State  the importance of involving parents/guardians in play therapy for self-esteem

Saturday 02/26/22  Choose All Day OR Morning & Afternoon

DAY 2: Saturday, February 26 - Breakouts - Choose: All day Session A (6 hour) OR one (3 hour) morning session (choice of B, C or D) AND one (3 hour) afternoon session (choice of E, F or G)

All day 6 hour Session: 2/26/22 - 8:30am-4:15pm

A: Using Superheroes and Pop Culture in Counseling and Play Therapy

Sophia Ansari LPCC, Registered Play Therapist

We all have memories of using a blanket as a makeshift cape, jumping off the couch and imagining as if we were flying high up in the sky amongst the clouds. Superheroes have been such an integral part of our childhood. The themes in our favorite comic books can be used to help children and adults with the struggles we all encounter at some point in our lives (losing a loved one, being bullied, making poor choices). The stories may be stories of fantasy but what makes them all relatable is that the characters and narratives are grounded in human emotion.

Superhero themes in play therapy can be used to assess a client’s inner resources, their needs, strengths and can provide valuable information in diagnosis and treatment. The creative counselor can incorporate several modalities of treatment such as play therapy, art, drama, cognitive behavioral therapy, bibliotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, positive psychology, and many other evidence-based modalities! - Beginner Level - Play Therapy Special Topics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to

1. Describe the history of using superheroes in play therapy, its pioneers, and its effectiveness in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults

2. Examine the background stories and themes (grief, PTSD, substance abuse, trauma) of popular culture characters and stories to apply in play therapy

3. Identify at least 2 valuable resources (web sites, books) to enhance your pop-culture knowledge

4. Describe the application of  play therapy interventions using superhero themes to promote strengths-based approaches and positive psychology interventions

5. Identify at least 2 methods of introducing mindfulness and self-compassion using superhero and pop culture themes

6. Describe the utilization of  superheroes and pop-culture with evidence-based practices such as play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and positive psychology


Morning 02/26/22  3 hour Session - 8:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m.

B: Racial Trauma and the Ethics of Cultural Humility in Play Therapy

Kadesha Adelakun LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

While many therapists learn about and are aware of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), many are not very familiar with Racial Trauma.  We will explore trauma that results from experiences of racism and how that can lead to a form of PTSD amongst Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), including children and adolescents, called Racial Trauma.  BIPOC youth are not exempt from experiencing racial trauma in their lives, due to such things as systemic oppression and other ongoing individual and collective injuries from constant exposure to race-based stress.  Play Therapists should work to prevent and effectively treat psychological and physical distress experienced as a result of the racism faced by BIPOC youth.  Through the lens of cultural humility, we will focus on several topics relevant to ethical practice.  We’ll discuss the importance of assessing and treatment interventions that incorporate the racial experiences of BIPOC youth as an essential component of treatment.  Oppression, privilege, and ethical duties, as well as clinical implications and case conceptualization will be discussed. - Intermediate Level - Play Therapy Special Topics - *Addresses implicit bias

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to

1. Define racial trauma and the cultural considerations in treating BIPOC youth in play therapy      

2. Identify at least 3 topics relevant to ethical practice in play therapy

3. Identify at least 2 play therapy techniques to assess and treat racial trauma

C: Non-Directive Play Therapy Skills

Laura Hutchison PsyD, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

This presentation is for beginning play therapists.  It focuses on the importance of therapeutic rapport building and learning the essential non-directive play therapy skills of structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play, limit setting, and faith & respect. Skills will be explained, demonstrated live and through video, then practiced by the participants. -Beginner Level - Play Therapy Skills or Methods

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to
1. Define Non-Directive Play Therapy

2. Explain how CCPT differs from other play therapy models

3. Explain how the therapeutic relationship impacts therapy

4. Demonstrate the 5 essential non-directive play therapy skills (structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play, limit setting, and faith & respect)

C: Non-Directive Play Therapy Skills

Laura Hutchison PsyD, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

This presentation is for beginning play therapists.  It focuses on the importance of therapeutic rapport building and learning the essential non-directive play therapy skills of structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play, limit setting, and faith & respect. Skills will be explained, demonstrated live and through video, then practiced by the participants. -Beginner Level

D: Use of PlayTherapy & Expressive Arts Therapy with Adolescents in Individual or Group Work

Christine Zouaoui LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy have been used together to help with healing for many years. The processing that happens during the actual act of play, art and movement helps clients move through their healing in ways that “talk therapy” alone can not provide. In this experiential workshop, you will learn specific techniques focused on helping clients with various diagnosis, that utilize play therapy and expressive arts therapy in our therapeutic settings. Each of the techniques covers a wide range of uses including telehealth adaptations that can fit within your specific area of theory within play therapy. The therapeutic exercises are new and have not been included in previous workshops with Christine. As always, please remember to dress comfortably and be ready for some fun and self-care. - Intermediate Level - Play Therapy Special Topics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to

1. Describe the  use and focus of play therapy and expressive arts therapy techniques in practice as a mental health professional.

2. Explain the benefits of play therapy and  expressive art therapy techniques

3. Identify 3 ways to incorporate play therapy and expressive art techniques into  work with  clients

Afternoon 02/26/22 3 hour Session - 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

E: Beyond Cultural Competency: Helping Play Therapists Practice Cultural Humility

Kadesha Adelakun LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

The U.S. is very diverse, with people of different races, cultures, and ethnicities.  Often times, we see this diversity in our playrooms.  Research shows that, unfortunately, culturally minoritized populations suffer disproportionally from mental health disparities.  One very much needed intervention is culturally competent mental health care, including in the playroom.  These realities and our Codes of Ethics require that clinicians be prepared to effectively meet these needs.  However, clearly understanding how to apply a multicultural perspective in assessment and clinical practice, in the playroom, can be difficult to conceptualize.  This interactive workshop presents effective ways to implement ethical and culturally informed case conceptualization and intervention in the playroom.  We will explore and discuss ways in which multicultural aspects can be infused in play therapy.  Participants will engage in the meaningful and therapeutic conversation surrounding race, culture, ethnicity, the intersection of identities and the dynamics of privilege that influence counseling relationships. - Intermediate Level - Play Therapy Special Topics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to

1. State an understanding  of what racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity is and what it isn't in play therapy

2. Identify at least 3 factors of awareness and sensitivity towards racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity issues that go well beyond the assumed categories in play therapy

3. Identify at least 4 behavioral tools for fostering a more inclusive environment in play therapy

F: Using Lego® in Play Therapy via Telehealth

Christina Collins MA, LPC, NCC

In this session, learn how to empower your play therapy session with Lego® bricks and construction toys. These methods are appropriate for all ages, as Lego® is a classic building material. Additionally, learn specific ways to use Lego® bricks and mini-figures to facilitate communication, understanding, and healing through play therapy. Interventions have been modified and developed with virtual counseling in mind. Beginner Level - Play Therapy Special Topics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to

1. Identify ways to use Lego  as an indirect and direct communication tool in play therapy

2. Explain strategies that infuse  play therapy session with creativity and modeling

3. Demonstrate  how to use Lego® play to assist in treatment of Autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders

4. Demonstrate  how to use Lego® as a psychoeducational toy to help utilize play therapy as a link between academic needs with socio-emotional needs

5. Identify at least 2  ways to use Lego® and construction materials as a play therapy tool and art therapy medium

6. Identify strategies that empower clients and their families to incorporate construction play as a way to build connection within the family unit

G: Why Can't We Be Friends? Social Skills in Play Therapy

Laura Hutchison PsyD, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Participants will learn different activities to help clients learn age-appropriate social skills through play therapy. A majority of the workshop will be spent learning about different hands-on and virtual play therapy activities through demonstration and active participation.  We will also discuss what populations and diagnoses the activities work best. - Intermediate Level - Play Therapy Skills or Methods

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to
1. Define sensory play

2. Identify materials that can be used in sensory play therapy

3. Identify what populations to use sensory play therapy with, and understand what treatment issues will be addressed in utilizing these play therapy techniques

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:

Kadesha Adelakun LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Kadesha Adelakun is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), in the states of Georgia and New Jersey, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S).  She is the founder and owner of The Journey Counseling Services in Kennesaw, GA.  She specializes in working with children ages 3-18, adults, and families, as well as perinatal moms.  She is very active in her community for racial and social justice.  She has had the unique opportunity to practice in a wide variety of settings and cultures.  She has worked as a school social worker, with adults with mental health illnesses, children and adolescents involved with the Department of Juvenile Justice, families involved with the Department of Family and Children Services, provided in-home therapy, and has spent some time studying in Ghana, West Africa. In addition to providing therapy, she also provides clinical and play therapy supervision.  She is also a Cultural and Racial Diversity Play Therapy Consultant, and an International Speaker and Trainer.  Learn more at: http://www.journeycounselingllc.com.


Sophia Ansari LPCC, Registered Play Therapist

Sophia Ansari is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, author, educator, and co-founder of the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She provides workshops on play therapy to mental health professionals and educates parents and teachers on the importance of play as it relates to development and learning in the school setting. She is a passionate research trainer who has bridged her knowledge of neuroscience and creative therapies to provide in-depth and highly experiential trainings. Sophia co-hosts Hero Nation, a podcast on the Geek Therapy Network, which celebrates diversity in the media and explores how to use geek culture in therapy. Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. For more information on Let’s Play Therapy Institute visit, letsplaytherapy.org


Christina Collins MA, LLPC, NCC

Christina Collins received her Masters in Arts in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University in April 2018. Christina currently works in private practice in Kalamazoo, MI where she specializes in pediatric counseling and play therapy. Christina is currently working towards her RPT credential. Additionally, she is the CEO and founder of Bricks and Brushes, LLC- a company that focuses on building community through creativity. Christina holds summer camps and events to inspire creative exploration through arts, movement, and play. In summer 2018 she launched Build Yourself Consulting, where she provides consultation to entities and corporations using play as a learning and education tool for adults. She has been building professionally with Lego® since 2012.


Laura Hutchison PsyD, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Dr. Hutchison has been specializing in children and play therapy for over 15 years. She founded the Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy in 2015 to help fellow mental health professionals on their pursuits to gain training in play therapy.  She has presented on play therapy and working with children at the National and International level. Along with running the Training Academy, Dr. H also manages her group practice, HutcHison & Associates (www.drhutch.com). She is the current president of the Michigan Association for Play Therapy (MIAPT) and has been active in the organization for over 20 years. Dr. HutcH, as some call her, received her Master’s and Doctorate from the Center for Humanistic Studies - which is now called the Michigan School of Psychology (MSP). Along with being a therapist, she is the proud mom to son, Henry, and daughter, Honor. You may also know Dr. H as "PlayDrMom" through her blog and social media sites that focus on her experience being a play therapist and mom.


Christine Zouaoui LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Christine Zouaoui has been in private practice for over 18 years and has also worked in the Lansing School District as a Mental Health Therapist.  Her experience includes working with children, adolescents and adult issues.  In addition to her counseling degree Christine has taken numerous trainings in the use of play therapy and creative arts therapy techniques. She received her TraumaPlay certification through Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, and is a Counseling and Play Therapy Supervisor. Christine presents in many venues including schools and other mental health professionals training in Creative Arts Therapy Techniques and The Nurtured Heart Approach by Howard Glasser. Christine has self-published a book on the use of creative art therapy techniques in individual and group therapy.  She is currently writing a new book specifically for working with groups in numerous settings using creative arts therapies.

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