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The Playful Parent: Engaging Parents in Play Therapy and Creative Interventions for the Challenging Child: A Play Therapy Approach

Presented by Scott Riviere, LPC, RPT-S | February 28-29, 2020 | Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI

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DAY 1: Friday, February 28

OVERVIEW: The Playful Parent: Engaging Parents in Play Therapy

When working with children, it can be beneficial to work with the parents or caregivers. However, engaging parents in play therapy can sometimes be a challenge. In this workshop we will discover several ways to engage and inspire parents to appreciate the value of Play and Play Therapy. We will also cover the importance of a parent's role in the development of a child's self-concept.  Clinicians often struggle with the effects of a parent's role in a child's life. For most children, parents are a source of joy and happiness. However, for others, parents can be the source of much pain and disappointment. In this Workshop we will review the importance of a parent's role in the formation of a child self-concept and review several ways in which we can Inspire and motivate a parent to realize the positive impact that they have on their child's life. We will review a theoretical model to help parents understand the importance of playing with their child and the therapeutic value of play itself. A Developmental Model will be used to frame the theoretical orientation with a focus on Filial Therapy skills. Experiential activities will be reviewed to help participants gain a better understanding of the therapeutic powers of play.  So accept this talk today and reconnect with the healing power of play.


After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify 5 Key people in the development of a child's Self-Concept

2. List 3 Relational impacts of Play

3. Identify Parental Roadblocks to Play and Play Therapy

4. Describe 3 benefits of Special Play Time with a Parent

5. List 4 Activities to help Engage Parents In Play

6. Identify 3 Contraindications of involving a parent in the Play Therapy process

DAY 2: Saturday, February 29 

OVERVIEW: Creative Interventions for the Challenging Child: A Play Therapy Approach

This workshop will cover how children with disruptive behaviors see the world and why traditional treatment approaches are ineffective with this population.  Participants will learn hands-on, practical play therapy techniques that will help these children accept responsibility, lower defensiveness, and increase feelings of competency and success.

Children with a Disruptive Behavior Disorder are often the most common reason for a referral to play therapy.  These children often struggle at home as well as in the school setting.  Both parents and professionals need an effective treatment program utilizing play therapy that builds on the strengths of the child rather than his or her weaknesses.  This workshop will review the three main Disruptive Behavior Disorders: ODD, Conduct Disorder, and ADHD.  Assessment tools and diagnostic criteria will be presented to assist the clinician in confirming a diagnosis.  A review of Directive and Nondirective play therapy techniques will be explored with an emphasis on basic behavior modification principles.  Experiential Play Therapy activities will be used to help participants gain insight into the child’s world.  Play Therapy interventions to help build trust, teach self-discipline, and develop positive social skills will be reviewed and demonstrated.


After the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the three main Disruptive Behavior Disorders diagnoses most commonly seen in play therapy

2. Explain why traditional punishment based approaches are ineffective

3. Identify the Primary Need of the disruptive child and how play therapy helps meet these needs.

4. Differentiate Self-Esteem and Self-Concept and benefits of play therapy for both

5. List the benefits of Directive & Nondirective Play Therapy Techniques with disruptive behavior clients

6. Identify at least 2 practical Play Therapy Techniques to utilize with disruptive behavior clients


Scott Riviere is a Licensed Professional Counselor and one of the first Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors in Louisiana. He is the Director of K.I.D.Z., Inc., Louisiana's first Play Therapy Institute, where his practice is limited exclusively to children and adolescents ages 2-18 and their families. Scott has over 25 years’ experience dealing with such issues as grief and trauma, anxiety disorders, ADHD, behavioral problems, attachment disorders, and Autism Spectrum disorders.

Scott Riviere is approved to supervise interns seeking to obtain their state-counseling license and Registered Play Therapist credential. He is currently serving on the Board for the Association for Play Therapy and has been recognized by the Association of Play Therapy for his contribution to the field. He is a published author, international speaker and frequent guest on various media outlets.

HAPPY HOUR MEET AND GREET: Friday night following the conference, there will be a social gathering at the Quality Suites 5:30-7:00 p.m. 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 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.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.

NEW TO PLAY THERAPY- INFORMATIONAL MEETING: MIAPT is excited to offer this free opportunity to learn some basics about play therapy. Jason Clanton, LLP, Registered Play Therapist will present: a brief overview of play therapy, some main play therapy theories, creating a play therapy space, what toys to include in a play room, how to conduct a session, criteria for becoming a registered play therapist, and a play therapy video showing an actual play therapy session, followed by a question and answer period. This is a great place to get started, at a price you can’t afford to pass up – Free! Training in Room M119 at 7:00 p.m. at Lansing Community College.

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 $35 processing fee. No refunds after February 4, 2020. Substitutions (allowing another person to attend in your place) 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. Guest room reservations may also be made until 02/22/20 at the Ramada Inn, 7501 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing, MI 48917 (across the street from Quality Suites).  Please mention the MIAPT Conference for the group rate. The hotel number is  517-627-3211.

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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