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    • 01/28/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    Play Therapy with the Sexually Acting Out Child

    presented by Juliet Fortino, MC, LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor  

    Working with children who have been sexually abused can be a challenge for many play therapy professionals. This is particularly true when the child has sexualized behaviors they are exhibiting. This workshop will review common symptoms and behaviors seen in the play therapy room, as well as uniquely distinguishing characteristics of juvenile perpetrators versus sexually acting out child. Play therapy techniques specific to this population will be explored.

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

    1. identify age appropriate sexual development in comparison to a child with sexual behavior problems.
    2. identify specific behaviors commonly seen in a play therapy session. 
    3. demonstrate at least 5 play therapy techniques for use with a child with sexual behavior problems.

    Session limited to 40 participants. | 3 APT CE | Intermediate Level | Play Therapy Special Topics

    Please note that CEs are only for APT hours. 


    ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Juliet Fortino, MC, LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor works with Children and Families involved with CPS and the various child mental health agencies in the Tucson, Arizona community in a private practice setting. She has 25 years experience working with child trauma, abuse, attachment, and play therapy. She is the Immediate Past President of the Arizona Association for Play Therapy.

    VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded APT CONTACT CE after successful completion of a post test. Participants must be visible throughout the presentation. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 3 CONTACT CE Hours.

    MIAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 99-050. MIAPT maintains responsibility for the program.

    PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for this training, you are giving permission for MIAPT to use any photographs (screenshots) 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 MIAPT of your request to be omitted.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: If you notify MIAPT you are canceling, and we are able to fill your spot, you will receive a refund for the registration fee minus $15 administrative fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. No refunds after January 7, 2022.

    EMAIL LIST: By registering for this training, you are giving MIAPT permission to add your email to our email list.

    ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact mymiapt@gmail.com.

    Skill Level: All skill levels

    • 02/25/2022
    • 02/26/2022
    • Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917
    Register

    SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES

    Title Sponsor - benefits include:

    • 5 Minute Presentation About Your Company
    • Introduction of 2022 Conference Presenter
    • 3 Complimentary Conference Registrations, or sponsored scholarship in your company’s name
    • Sponsor slide on rolling PowerPoint at event; company logo and web link on our website; sponsor recognition on email blasts promoting conference (logo); multiple sponsor thank you on Facebook (leading up to conference)
    • Free Exhibit Table at Conference
    • Option to Provide Fliers or Promotional Items for Conference Packet (provided by Sponsor)

    Presenting Sponsor - benefits include:

    • 2 Minute Presentation About Your Company
    • Sponsor slide on rolling PowerPoint at event; company logo and web link on our website; sponsor recognition on email blasts promoting conference (logo); multiple sponsor thank you on Facebook (leading up to conference)
    • 2 Complimentary Conference Registrations
    • Option to Provide Fliers or Promotional Items for Conference Packet (provided by Sponsor)

    Supporting Sponsor - benefits include:

    • Sponsor slide on rolling PowerPoint at event; company logo and web link on our website; sponsor recognition on email blasts promoting conference (logo); sponsor thank you on Facebook (leading up to conference)
    • 1 Complimentary Conference Registration


    General Conference Information

    HANDOUTS: In an effort to reduce paper waste and be more “green,” our policy is to email all handouts. Please include a valid email address with your registration to receive the handouts.

    PHOTO RELEASE: By participating in 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: No refunds will be given. If you are unable to participate, your payment will be considered a donation to MIAPT. 

    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. 

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

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

    • 02/25/2022
    • 02/26/2022
    • Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917
    Register

    EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES

    The Michigan Association for Play Therapy invites you to be an Exhibitor at our 2022 annual conference. Whether shopping for new products or seeking new information and services, our participants look forward to connecting with our vendors and exhibitors. We hope that you will participate and make your products or services available.

    The table charge is $35.00 per table per day. There is a discount for multiple tables and/or days. Each table will be 6 feet in length. Vendors will provide their own identification signs showing their company name, logo, etc. No table skirt, cash registers, extension cords, or other accessories will be provided. Lunch will not be provided.

    Download Exhibitor Opportunities by Clicking Here

    Exhibitor approval required.

    Can't attend the conference but want to get your message out? Send us your promotional materials (inserts) and reach our audience. $100

    General Conference Information

    HANDOUTS: In an effort to reduce paper waste and be more “green,” our policy is to email all handouts. Please include a valid email address with your registration to receive the handouts.

    PHOTO RELEASE: By participating in 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: No refunds will be given. If you are unable to participate, your payment will be considered a donation to MIAPT. 

    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. 

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

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

    • 02/25/2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 02/26/2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917
    Register

    DAY 1: Friday, February 25, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    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. - Play Therapy Special Topics


    DAY 2: Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

    Breakouts - You 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 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

    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! - Play Therapy Special Topics

    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. - All training levels - Play Therapy Special Topics - *Addresses implicit bias


    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. - Play Therapy Skills or Methods


    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. - Play Therapy Special Topics

    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. - Play Therapy Special Topics


    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. - Play Therapy Special Topics


    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. - Play Therapy Skills or Methods


    Click here for brochure with complete descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker bios.

    WORKSHOP LOCATION:

    Lansing Community College West Campus

    5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917


    WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

    Friday, February 25, 2022

    8:00-8:30 am Registration 

    8:30-10:00 am Presentation 

    10:00-10:15 am Break and Exhibits 

    10:15-11:45 am Presentation 

    11:45-12:00 pm Annual Business Meeting

    12:00 - 1:15 pm Lunch (OWN YOUR OWN)

    1:15-2:45 pm Presentation 

    2:45-3:00 pm Break and Exhibits

    3:00-4:30 pm Presentation 

    Saturday, February 26, 20202

    8:00-8:30 am Registration 

    8:30-10:00 am Morning Breakout Presentations

    10:00-10:15 am Break and Exhibits 

    10:15-11:45 am Presentations

    11:45-1:00 pm Lunch (ON YOUR OWN)

    1:00-2:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Presentation 

    2:30-2:45 pm Break and Exhibits 

    2:45-4:15 pm Presentations 

    4:15 pm Conference Concludes


    HOTEL INFORMATION: Quality Suites, 901 Delta Commerce Drive, Lansing, MI 48917. 517-886-0600. There is a block of discounted rooms available on a first come first serve basis. 

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

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

    CANCELLATION POLICY: If you notify MIAPT you are canceling, and we are able to fill your spot, you will receive a refund for the registration fee minus a $25 administrative fee. 

    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 mymiapt@gmail.com at registration of your request to be omitted.

    HEALTH AND SAFETY: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus at MIAPT has been the health and safety of our customers, staff, and communities. Vaccinations have reduced many of the COVID-19 guidelines/mandates regarding face masks, social distancing, and travel. In many states and cities, guidelines/mandates have been completely eliminated. As MIAPT moves forward with producing live meetings and conferences, we will continue to monitor the continually evolving guidance released by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as all federal, state, and local government mandates, to provide an environment that is as safe as possible for all event participants. By participating in person, I agree to follow the meeting’s health and safety policies as mandated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the federal, state, and local government, and venue requirements. Masks are required to be worn within the venue at all times. If a participant chooses not to wear a mask or follow guidelines, they will be asked to leave without a refund.

    ACCEPTANCE: By registering for and attending MIAPT events, I hereby agree that I accept the terms stated above and indemnify and hold harmless MIAPT, its affiliates, and their respective directors, employees, and agents (including , without limitation, any agent acting on its behalf) from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) resulting from attendance at MIAPT events.

    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.

    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 is payable to The Institute for Continuing Education by participants with completed CE Packets. The $25.00 CE fee should not be included with registration. Application forms for other CE materials  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.

    NoteIt is the responsibility of participants to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meet the regulations of their licensing/certification board.

    Note: This program offers no “ethics” hours.   CE hours offered are not “academic” and may not be utilized toward fulfillment of a degree.

    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. 

    ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact mymiapt@gmail.com.

    • 03/18/2022
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual
    Register

    Utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy to Advocate and Support Transgender and Gender Expansive Children and Adolescents

    presented by Rebekah Byrd, PhD, LPC, LCMHC, NCC, RPT-S and Sonya Lorelle, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, NCC

    Play therapists are legally and ethically called to provide affirmative care and support for transgender and gender expansive children, adolescents, and families. Play therapists, whether working in schools, agencies, or private practices, seek to affirm all clients in a supportive and compassionate manner. This presentation will provide clinicians with information and resources for honing skills for advocating and supporting transgender and gender-expansive children and adolescents in multiple settings.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will: 

      1. learn what it means to be transgender and gender-expansive.
      2. evaluate information and resources for growing play therapy skills in this necessary area.
      3. analyze legal and ethical information specific to their play therapy settings.
      4. evaluate ways to make their play therapy setting more affirming and supportive.
      5. learn child centered play therapy skills that are effective for working with transgender and gender-expansive children 
      6. discuss ways to be advocates and allies for transgender and gender-expansive individuals. 

      Session limited to 40 participants. | 2 APT CE | Beginner-Intermediate Level | Play Therapy Special Topics

      Please note that CEs are only for APT hours. 


      ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS: 

      Rebekah Byrd is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Director of the Institute for Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Education and Research at Sacred Heart University.  Dr. Byrd has been a counselor educator for over 10 years and has almost 20 years of experience working in the mental health field in varying capacities and settings.  She currently provides individual counseling in a k-12 virtual academy and in private practice work.  Her research specialization falls primarily in issues pertaining to children/adolescent counseling, play therapy, LGBTGEQQIA+ advocacy, school counseling, social justice/multicultural concerns, self-injury, and women’s wellness. She recently co-authored a textbook on counseling children and adolescents.  She serves on many national and statewide committees and was recently awarded the Counselor Educator Advocacy Award from the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC). 

        

      Sonya Lorelle received her PhD in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University and is Core Faculty at Northwestern University for the online counseling program. Her clinical experience includes working as a counselor at a university counseling center and as a children’s counselor at an agency that provided services to homeless families, serving children ages 3-18 and their parents. She is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor Her interests include play therapy, neurobiology applications in the counseling, and in international counseling and has trained counselors and provided counseling services in Bhutan, India, and Thailand.

      VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded APT CONTACT CE after successful completion of a post test. Participants must be visible throughout the presentation. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours.

      MIAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 99-050. MIAPT maintains responsibility for the program.

      PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for this training, you are giving permission for MIAPT to use any photographs (screenshots) 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 MIAPT of your request to be omitted.

      CANCELLATION POLICY: If you notify MIAPT you are canceling, and we are able to fill your spot, you will receive a refund for the registration fee minus $15 administrative fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. No refunds after March 7, 2022.

      EMAIL LIST: By registering for this training, you are giving MIAPT permission to add your email to our email list.

      ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact mymiapt@gmail.com.

      Skill Level: All skill levels

      • 03/25/2022
      • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Virtual
      Register

      The Importance of Getting the Whole Picture in Play Therapy

      presented by S. Lynn Etheridge, PhD, JD, LPC-S, RPT-S

      Play therapists, because of their work with children, are often put in the position of maneuvering through parental conflict and high conflict divorces. At times, play therapists may be called as expert witnesses to address parental alienation or within custody disputes. Therefore, it is vital that play therapists are aware of how to successfully, therapeutically, and ethically maneuver the system to ensure the child's well being is maintained. This presentation will explore the various roles play therapists may be called to serve in and the other stakeholders that are likely to be involved in high conflict divorce cases. The presenter will also discuss how play therapists uphold their ethical duties to the child by remaining neutral and not succumbing to confirmation bias. As a play therapist and former lawyer, Dr. Etheridge will also explore how play therapists can gain confidence in their various roles within these difficult, yet common cases.

      LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will: 

        1. differentiate between the different roles that Play Therapists may be asked to engage in when participating in cases of high conflict custody matters.
        2. identify which of the roles often asked of Play Therapists that they are comfortable and competent to perform.
        3. explore the confirmation bias, and how Play Therapists can protect against it.
        4. review the importance of avoiding any triangulation when working with children clients who are involved in a high conflict custody case.

        Session limited to 40 participants. | 2 APT CE | Beginner-Intermediate Level | Play Therapy Special Topics

        Please note that CEs are only for APT hours. 


        ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: S. Lynn Etheridge, PhD, JD, LPC-S, RPT-S is both an attorney and a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a PhD in Counselor Education. She is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor who has been working with children since 2002. During that time, she became aware of the difficulties that can occur when children have to be involved in the court system. The awareness of this issue is what inspired her to become a Registered Play Therapist and then to continue with her education, earning a PhD in Counselor Education, basing her dissertation on mental health professionals in courtrooms. She also participated in the training offered by the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL in Forensic Interviewing. She sees assisting children caught in high conflict custody situations as a social justice issue and is very grateful to be included as a presenter!

        VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded APT CONTACT CE after successful completion of a post test. Participants must be visible throughout the presentation. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours.

        MIAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 99-050. MIAPT maintains responsibility for the program.

        PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for this training, you are giving permission for MIAPT to use any photographs (screenshots) 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 MIAPT of your request to be omitted.

        CANCELLATION POLICY: If you notify MIAPT you are canceling, and we are able to fill your spot, you will receive a refund for the registration fee minus $15 administrative fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. No refunds after March 10, 2022.

        EMAIL LIST: By registering for this training, you are giving MIAPT permission to add your email to our email list.

        ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact mymiapt@gmail.com.

        Skill Level: All skill levels

        • 05/06/2022
        • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
        • Bethany Christian Services, 901 Eastern Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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        West Regional Workshop 2022

        Looking Deeper into the Presenting Problem: Practicing Cultural Humility in the Play Therapy Room

        Presenter: Carmen Jimenez-Pride, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP, SAP, RYT-200, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor


        When working with culturally diverse populations the need to look deeper into the presenting problem is more prevalent with those exhibiting symptoms of racial and cultural trauma on the rise. Often times clinical professionals are minimizing cultural and racial experiences in their treatment of Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). The presenting problem will give the clinical professional limited information to begin providing therapeutic services for the child and family. Diving deeper into the presenting problem by asking the hard questions related to race and culture will assist in creating a therapeutic space that clients can discuss how race and culture impacts their experiences in the world. These actions will foster a deeper therapeutic relationship between the play therapist and family creating a space for deeper healing.


        Code of ethics within multiple professions require that clinicians be prepared to effectivity meet the needs of the client population they serve by being culturally competent. With a rise of culturally based trauma, unaddressed racial and cultural trauma there is a need for helping professionals to dive deeper into their professional and personal develop by increase their cultural humility.


        This workshop will focus on bringing cultural humility into the play therapy setting. The workshop will challenge all play therapist and mental health professionals to examine their potential biases, assess how biases show up in their play therapy work and how it impacts the clients served.


        LEARNING OBJECTIVES: As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

        1. Define and analyze culture, cultural competence and cultural humility. 
        2. Identify the therapeutic powers of play and the relationship with diverse populations.
        3. Discuss play therapy with a cultural humility perspective.
        4. List ways in which play therapist can practice cultural humility within their play therapy settings.
        5. Analyze current play therapy practices and the role of the play therapist.
        6. Discus therapeutic play therapy models and perspectives for focusing on culture and race that can incorporated into play therapy practice.
        7. Demonstrate play therapy activities that can be utilized in the playroom and sandtray.

          BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Carmen K. Jimenez-Pride is a Master Level Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina and Georgia. She is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker in South Carolina. Carmen is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™ credentialed by the Association of Play Therapy and operates a private practice in Augusta Ga. Carmen is a children’s book author, the publisher of the Increasing Your Play Therapy Tool Box and the creator of Focus on Feelings.

          Carmen is trained in Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Brainspotting, Sandtray Therapy and other trauma based models. Carmen’s clinical practice is geared toward children and families. Carmen utilizes her specializations and skills to train and educate other clinicians to increase their clinical and play therapy tool boxes.

          Skill Level:  Intermediate

          Play Therapy Primary Areas of Instruction: Play Therapy Skills and Methods and Play Therapy Special Topics

          Payment must be made online at the time of registration to guarantee your seat.

          Workshop Schedule

          Registration: 8:30-9:00 a.m.

          Workshop Session: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

          Break: 10:30-10:45 a.m.

          Workshop Session: 10:45-12:15 p.m.

          Lunch (on your own): 12:15-1:15 p.m.

          Workshop Session: 1:15-2:45 p.m.

          Break: 2:45-3:00 p.m.

          Workshop Session: 3:00-4:30 p.m.

          End of the Workshop: 4:30 p.m.

          FOOD: Food and snacks are NOT provided at this workshop, so the registration fee has been reduced. You may bring your own food or go to a local restaurant during break.

          CANCELLATION POLICY:  All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than April 10, 2022. 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.   

          HANDOUTS: In an effort to reduce paper waste and be more “green,” 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 someone at registration of your request to be omitted.

          CONTINUING EDUCATION: This workshop for mental health professionals is sponsored by the Michigan Association for Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 99-050. CE credit is offered for play therapy. The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required.

          ADA: If you have special needs, please contact Sabrina Slagter at mymiapt@gmail.com.

        Past events

        12/03/2021 Adlerian Play Therapy through a Neurobiology Lens
        11/12/2021 Co-Regulation in Play Therapy: Harnessing the Power of Relational Neuroscience to Improve Your Practice
        10/22/2021 Play Therapy Supervision Training
        09/17/2021 Paws in the Playroom: Animal Assisted Play Therapy
        08/20/2021 Nuts and Bolts of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
        06/25/2021 Addressing Grief and Loss in the Play Room
        05/14/2021 Play Therapy with Adoptive Families
        04/30/2021 Why You Playin’- Using Play to Empower and Build Self Esteem with Girls
        03/19/2021 History and Theory of Play Therapy
        02/20/2021 Playful Supervision: Play Therapy Supervision
        02/20/2021 Use of Play Therapy and Creative Therapies to Help with Anxiety
        02/19/2021 Using Polyvagal Theory in Play Therapy
        02/19/2021 Play Therapy & Traumatized Children: Finding the Eye in the Hurricane
        02/18/2021 Play Therapy with the Sexually Acting Out Child
        02/18/2021 Anxiety, Pinterest, and Play Therapy
        02/18/2021 Identifying & Utilizing the Therapeutic Powers of Play in Play Therapy
        02/17/2021 Using Play Therapy with Trans and Non-Binary Clients
        02/17/2021 Using Play Therapy to Prepare Child Witnesses for Court
        02/17/2021 Movies and Music and Play Therapy, Oh My!
        02/17/2021 Sponsor Opportunities - Annual (Virtual) State Conference 2021
        02/17/2021 Continuing Education for 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
        11/13/2020 Virtual Workshop: Play Therapy Basics using Neuroscience to Shift Clinician and Parental Paradigms of Behavior: A Hands-On Approach
        05/01/2020 East Regional Workshop: Experiential Trauma-Informed Play Therapy: Theory, Evidence, Assessment, and Treatment
        02/28/2020 Friday Night Supervision - Annual State Conference 2020
        02/28/2020 Annual State Conference 2020
        02/28/2020 Sponsor Opportunities - Annual State Conference 2020
        02/28/2020 Vendor/Exhibitor Opportunities - Annual State Conference 2020
        11/08/2019 West Regional Workshop 2019
        04/26/2019 East Regional Workshop: Using Lego® in Play Therapy
        02/15/2019 Friday Night Supervision - Annual State Conference 2019
        02/15/2019 2019 Annual State Conference
        11/09/2018 West Regional Workshop
        05/18/2018 East Regional Workshop: Top 12 Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Teens & Tweens
        02/16/2018 22nd Annual MIAPT Play Therapy Conference

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