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Assessment and Treatment Planning and Involving Parents in the Play Therapy Process (Day 1)

Play Therapy for Grieving Children (Day 2)

Presented by Pam Dyson, MA, LPC-S, RPT-S | February 28-29, 2020 | Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI

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DAY 1: Friday, February 28– Assessment and Treatment Planning and Involving Parents in the Play Therapy Process

OVERVIEW: Assessment and Treatment Planning and Involving Parents in the Play Therapy Process

The focus of this training will be on gathering information at intake, interviewing parents as a pretreatment assessment, putting assessment information into a treatment plan and developing specific treatment goals for play therapy. We will explore ways to explain play therapy to parents and attendees will be introduced to using parenting metaphors as a tool to connect with caregivers. Strategies for managing parental resistance to play therapy will also be discussed.


After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate how to interview parents as part of the play therapy process

2. Utilize parenting metaphors as a way to connect with parents

3. Explain the process of play therapy to parents

4. Recognize the importance of assessment in treatment planning

5. Recognize and manage parental resistance to play therapy

6. Identify how to collaborate with parents as part of the play therapy process

DAY 2: Saturday, February 29– Play Therapy for Grieving Children

OVERVIEW: Play Therapy for Grieving Children

Childhood grief can have a lifelong impact on a child's emotional well-being. This training will present an overview of how children at various ages and developmental stages experience and express grief after the death of someone close to them and how play therapy can be beneficial. The four psychological tasks of grieving children will be introduced; cultural and social experiences regarding death will be explored and we will look at complicated grief. Play therapy techniques will be presented and practiced that can be used for assessment and treatment in individual, group or family play therapy.


After the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Summarize the developmental stages of grief

2. List the four psychological tasks of grieving children

3. Explain why play therapy is an effective treatment approach

4. Recognize what contributes to complicated grief

5. Describe play therapy techniques that can be used for assessment and treatment

6. Identify how to incorporate caregivers in the play therapy treatment process


Pam is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and a licensed professional counselor supervisor in Texas, registered play therapist supervisor, and child development expert providing play therapy services, training, supervision, and consultation.

Prior to becoming a licensed therapist, Pam spent over 20 years working as an early childhood education. In 2007 she opened a private practice in St. Louis, Missouri offering child and family play therapy and parent coaching services. She has also worked as a family therapist in residential treatment and has facilitated group play therapy in school settings. In the summer of 2014 she relocated to Dallas Texas and in January 2015 opened a new practice, Pam Dyson Play Therapy, in Plano, Texas.

Her extensive experience in working with children and families and her specialization in play therapy has established her reputation among parents and professionals of providing quality services with a results orientated approach.

She is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Academy of the Association for Play Therapy and was a member of the 2013 and 2014 Leadership Academy Committees. In 2012 she served as a member of the APT Technology Task Forde, and was the co-chair of the 2013-2014 APT Public Awareness Task Force. Pam is also the recipient of the APT 2013 Key Award for Professional Education and Training.

In 2010, she founded the St. Louis Center for Play Therapy Training and ins 2014 founded the DFW Center for Play Therapy Training. Pam is currently serving her second term on the APT board of directors and was recently elected as secretary.

HAPPY HOUR MEET AND GREET: Friday night following the conference, there will be a social gathering at the Quality Suites 5:30-7:00pm. There is a cash bar and some light snacks available. If you are staying at the hotel, your hotel room includes 2 drinks at no cost.

FRIDAY NIGHT SUPERVISION: “Play Therapy Supervision Toward RPT” with Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S at Quality Suites – 7:00-9:00 pm  - Supervision: Two-hour supervision is available on Friday evening for an additional fee of $50.00 with a minimum of 4 participants. These hours may count toward the supervision hours required for obtaining Registered Play Therapist status through the Association of Play Therapy, Inc. (APT) and/or Certified Play Therapist status through the International Board of Examiners of Certified Play Therapists (IBECPT). Click here to register.

HANDOUTS: Our policy is to email all handouts. Please include a valid email address with your registration to receive the handouts.

PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for this conference, you are giving permission for MIAPT to use any photographs that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as MIAPT deems appropriate and desirable. Photographs may be used on the MIAPT website, social media pages, and/or newsletter for any purpose. By completing the registration, you are also consenting to waive any rights to the photographs indefinitely. If you do not wish to have your photo used, it is your responsibility to notify Angelita Valdez at registration of your request to be omitted.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than February 4, 2020. Cancellations are subject to $25 processing fee. Substitutions may be made in writing for no additional cost. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.  

HOTEL INFORMATION: Quality Suites, 901 Delta Commerce Drive, Lansing, MI 48917. Attendees are responsible to make hotel reservations. The hotel number is 517-886-0600. Website: http://www.qualitysuiteslansing.com.

Michigan Association for Play Therapy: MIAPT is a professional organization striving to advance the theory and practice of play therapy through activities such as conferences, seminars, and networking in order to serve the mental health needs of Michigan children, families, schools and communities. For more information on the Conference visit our website at www.miapt.org.

EXHIBITS: Books and therapeutic materials will be on display and available for sale Friday & Saturday.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: This workshop for mental health professionals is co-sponsored by the MI Assn. Play Therapy and the Institute for Continuing Education. CE credit is offered for the disciplines listed below. The program offers 12.00 CE contact hours (6.00 hrs. per day), with full attendance required for the days attended. The CE processing fee is $25 and may be included in the registration fee or paid on site. Application forms for CE credit will be available on site. CE verification is mailed to attendees following the program. To receive CE credit, participants must complete all CE paperwork, sign in/out at designated locations, and submit a completed evaluation of the program. If you have questions regarding CE credit, the program, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at: instconted@aol.com.   

NOTE: It is the responsibility of attendees to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

Psychology: The Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program.

Counseling: The Institute is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Ohio Board Social Work and Counseling, provider RCS 030001. NBCC credit is not offered.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the  Ohio Board of Social Work and Counseling, Provider RCS 030001.

Marriage/Family Therapy: The Institute is recognized by the Ohio Board MFT, Provider RTX 100501.

Play Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. APT Approved Provider 98-040.

Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved continuing education provider by the California Board of Nursing, Provider CEP 12646. It is the responsibility of nurses to check with their state board to determine if CE credit issues by an approved provider of the CA Board of Nursing, meet regulations of their board.

ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact Robin Bell at mymiapt@gmail.com or 517-489-1468.

Skill Level: All skill levels

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