Presenters: Tonya Hotchkin and Abby Seyfer

Date: January 26th

Time: 8:30 am – 12:45 pm 

Breaks: 10:15 am – 10:30 am

Cost: $75

 In this workshop, you will learn the basics of family play therapy techniques and how to utilize different activities to enhance connection between parent and child. We will explore:

  1. Using Play therapy to identify how attachment works with the brain to develop trusting and safe relationships
  2. Using play therapy to identify how attachment can be disrupted along the developmental timeline
  3. How to access and explore for attachment disruptions through play therapy techniques
  4. Using filial therapy and Theraplay techniques in family play therapy

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the impact the childhood brain in context of family play therapy
  2. Learn how to use play therapy assessment techniques to assess how trauma/attachment disruptions can impact our ability to build and maintain relationships with others.
  3. Learn family play therapy filial modality and techniques
  4. Learn family play therapy Theraplay modality and techniques
  5. Learn parenting models that support healthy attachment and aid in the “at home” component of family play therapy.
  6. Learn family play therapy applications

Presenters: Andrew Beer and Lindsey Swales

Date: February 16th 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Breaks: 10:15 am – 10:30 am; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm; 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Cost: $140

Working with children and adolescents on the spectrum can often be scary and overwhelming. This is in large part to the lack of specialized training with this population that is received in graduate school. Play Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Spectrum aims to decrease the anxiety associated with treatment and improve outcomes with this population for practitioners. In this 1-day training, trainees will be exposed to all aspects of working with children and adolescents on the spectrum, including assessment and treatment planning, working phase interventions, and steps to termination. Multiple theoretical orientations will be explored and opportunities to practice useful therapeutic skills will be provided. Attendance in this training will allow you to add essential tools to your therapeutic toolbox in a formalized, yet relaxed environment.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Trainees will gain a basic understanding of the history of play therapy with children and adolescents on the spectrum
  2. Trainees will learn the play therapy tenets of multiple theories that can be implemented in working children and adolescents on the spectrum.
  3. Trainees will learn about the research that exists supporting the use of specific play therapy methods in the treatment of children and adolescents on the spectrum.
  4. Trainees will learn the play therapy skills used and tools implemented during the assessment phase of working with children and adolescents on the spectrum.
  5. Trainees will learn the play therapy skills used and tools implemented during the working phase of treatment with children and adolescents on the spectrum.
  6. Trainees will learn the play therapy skills used and tools implemented during the closing phase of working with children and adolescents on the spectrum.
  7. Trainees will practice crucial play therapy skills in working with children and adolescents on the spectrum, with the opportunity to receive feedback.

Presenter: Tonya Hotchkin

Date:  March 23rd, 2018

Time: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Breaks: 10:15 am – 10:30 am

Cost: $100 

In this workshop, you will spend time discovering your personality traits, values and preferences in relationships. You will use this to gain insight and explore ways to fill your own bucket, strategies for intentionality, discover why some clients feel more difficult than others and how to use authentic relationships with children and families in play therapy for optimal job satisfaction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover your preferences, values and personality make up and how these concepts impact your role as a play therapist.
  2. Explore and gain insight into these components and how to be intentional and aware in order to be the most effective play therapist.
  3. Learn ways to use this insight and awareness in daily play therapy practices with clients.
  4. Practice and apply ways of using self-awareness and the YOU intervention in play therapy.

Presenter: Lindsey Swales

When:  April 13th, 2018

Time: 8:15 am -12:30 pm

Breaks: 10:15 – 10:30 am

Cost: $100

This workshop will assist play therapists in understanding their role in court testimony. Attendees will become families with juvenile, civil and criminal court testimony and the importance of maintain the integrity as their role as a play therapist.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about play therapist role in juvenile, civil and criminal court testimony.
  2. Attendees will increase their confidence and capability as a play therapist testifying in court.
  3. Attendees will identify typical questions, framing of questions and how to respond to questions regarding their role as a play therapist.

Attendees will learn what to do to prepare for their testimony as a play therapist along with knowing what to do and what not do when testifying, preparing, writing letters on behalf of clients, etc.

Who: Tonya Hotchkin

When:  May 4th, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (5.5)

Breaks: 10:15 – 10:30 am; 12:00 – 1:00 pm; 2:15 – 2:30 pm

Cost: $140

This workshop will assist play therapist in deepening their knowledge regarding trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Play Therapist will learn ways to identify and assess for childhood adversity. Therapist will learn techniques and core practices to implement in play therapy to foster resilience, hope and well-being in clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about trauma and adverse childhood experiences and its implications in play therapy.
  2. Attendees will learn about key indicators influencing resilience and its implications in play therapy.
  3. Attendees will learn assessment questions and tools related to assessing for adverse childhood experiences and trauma to prepare for the play therapy treatment plan.
  4. Attendees will learn techniques to implement in play therapy related to social emotional intelligence.
  5. Attendees will learn techniques to implement in play therapy related to fostering experiences related to resilience, hope and well-being in each session.

Presenter: Jennifer Null

Date:  June 22nd, 2018

Time: 8:15 am -12:30 pm

Breaks: 10:15 – 10:30 am

Cost: $100

In this workshop, play therapists with all backgrounds will increase awareness of compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and burnout. You will learn why working with children can put you in such a vulnerable group for experiencing compassion fatigue. Participants will engaged in learning warning signs, symptoms, how to measure, and how to consciously work on increasing compassion resiliency as part of their play therapy practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and burnout and how each of them can be present in play therapy practice.
  2. Learn warning signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and how they can negatively impact your relationship with play therapy clients as well as your overall practice as a play therapist
  3. Learn the 5 main skills to increase compassion resiliency as a play therapist to allow to maintain empathetic relationships with your clients.
  4. Hands on work to create your very own Compassion Resiliency Plan for play therapy practice.

Presenter: Abby Seyfer

Date:  July 20th, 2018

Time: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Breaks: 10:15 – 10:30 am

Cost: $100

In this workshop, you will learn how to incorporate mindfulness into the playroom in order to create a safe, calm space for clients. Focus of the session will also be on self-care for clinicians and how to utilize mindfulness in order to be more present with clients. We will explore:

  1. The positive effects of mindfulness on the brain/physiologically within the body.
  2. Explore different ways to be more mindful both in our practice and every-day life.
  3. How to invite children into mindfulness practice with us in the playroom.
  4. Explore and practice various mindfulness techniques that are uniquely tailored to children and families.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the history of mindfulness in play therapy.
  2. Explore the positive impact it can have on physical, social, and spiritual health for self and the client in the context of play therapy.
  3. Explore and practice different mindfulness techniques to utilize for self and clients in play therapy.
  4. Develop and practice a unique mindfulness plan to utilize moving forward in your own play therapy practice.

Presenters:  Tanager Place School Based Therapy Program

Date:  August 17th, 2018

Time: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Breaks: 10:15 – 10:30 am

Cost: $100

In this workshop, you will learn how to navigate a child’s school system (including the structure, IEP’s, 504 plans, Learning support teams, behavior learning teams, PBIS and more). Participants will explore ways to incorporate play modalities and techniques into the school system to generalize progress across environments. Participants will learn ways to assess teachers along with client needs in the school setting and how to improve school behaviors through play concepts. We will explore:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the school system and structure and how to take that knowledge and incorporate into play therapy treatment plan goals for improvement of school behavior.
  2. Participants will learn ways to collaborate with the school system, teachers and plans in place for children to integrate play therapy treatment plan with school goals.
  3. Participants will learn ways to assess teachers through play therapy lens and identify strategic recommendations that can meet the needs of the teacher and client.
  4. Participants will learn about ways to integrate play into everyday needs of students.

Presenters: Lindsey Swales and Jennifer Null

Date:  September  21st, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Breaks: 10:15 – 10:30 am; 12:00 – 1:00 pm; 2:15 – 2:30 pm

Cost: $140

This workshop will explore Adlerian Play therapy core concepts. Participants will learn key elements to Adlerian Play Therapy theory and how to integrate them into the playroom. Participants will learn basic play therapy techniques associated with Adlerian Play therapy and use experiential learning to practice the integration of these techniques in everyday use with children in the playroom.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about Adlerian Play Therapy theory.
  2. Participants will learn key concepts related to the theory including; crucial c’s, goals of misbehavior, private logic, personality priorities, mistaken beliefs, lifestyle assessment.
  3. Participants will learn key concepts related to Adlerian Play therapy techniques such as tracking, reflecting feelings, restating content, metacommunication.
  4. Participants will integrate the theory and techniques through experiential practice of Adlerian Play therapy skills and directive interventions to assess key elements of Adlerian theory.

Presenter: Tonya Hotchkin

Date:  October 19th, 2018

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (6.5)

Breaks: 10:15 – 10:30 am; 12:00 – 1:00 pm; 2:45 – 3:00 pm

Cost: $160

In this workshop, you will spend time learning the history of sand tray play therapy and the powerful impact is has in the treatment process. You will learn everything you need to know about sand tray play therapy, including, the use of sand tray play therapy, materials needed and how to conduct a sand tray play therapy session from beginning to end.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the history and use of sand tray play therapy.
  2. Leading a client through a sand tray play therapy session, including describing the reason for sand tray therapy, explaining the process, and ending a sand tray session.
  3. Understand and practice the use of being present throughout a sand tray play therapy session.
  4. Learn ways to explore and assess client’s narrative/private logic, help the client gain insight and make changes to their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors through the use of sand tray play therapy.
  5. Develop and practice sand tray play therapy directive trays.
  6. Learn ways to apply directive sand trays with clients in play therapy.

Presenter: Jennifer Null

Date:  November 14th, 2018

Time: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Breaks: 10:15 – 10:30 am

Cost: $100

This workshop will assist play therapists in exploring common obstacles to engaging families and parents in the play therapy process. It is common for most training programs to focus on individual aspects of treatment which can create stress for play therapists as they see needed changes within the family system, or needed support, engagement, and therapeutic relationship with parents. This workshop will assist play therapists in exploring their own beliefs, experiences, and goals for engaging parents and families in play therapy as well as some of the common myths and barriers, while also learning simple techniques and ways to reframe the work that needs to be done to feel more successful and competent in working with families and parents outside the play room.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about why engaging parents and families are important to engage in play therapy from a child development and the family/parental role perspective
  2. Attendees will identify their beliefs, bias, areas of transference, and goals for working with parents and families of play therapy clients.
  3. Attendees will learn techniques built on play therapy interventions to build relationships and engage families and caregivers.
  4. Attendees will practice skills learned through role playing common “play therapy scenarios” in which family/caregiver participation would improve the outcome.

Presenter: Tonya Hotchkin

Date:  December 12th, 2018

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Breaks: 10:15 – 10:30 am; 12:00 – 1:00 pm; 2:45 – 3:00 pm

Cost: $160

In this workshop, you will spend time learning the history of expressive arts and the powerful impact is has in the treatment process. You will learn modalities of expressive arts therapy, including, the use of expressive arts in play therapy, materials needed and how to conduct an expressive arts play therapy session from beginning to end. Participants will walk away with various directive and non-directive expressive arts activities to use in play therapy.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the history and use of expressive arts in play therapy.
  2. Participants will learn about several different expressive arts therapy modalities to use in play therapy.
  3. Participants will learn how to set up the space for an expressive arts experience in play therapy, how to invite clients to the experience and how to be a witness to the art with clients.
  4. Participants will learn various art techniques to use with children in play therapy.
  5. Participants will practice and apply within the workshop concepts of expressive arts in play therapy.
  6. Participants will explore how expressive arts can be used for self-care of the play therapist.

*All trainings will be held at the Estle Center at 1030 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

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