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February 2020

Working with Resistance in Families in Play Therapy

February 28 @ 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Andrew Beer, Ph.D., LMFT, RPT CEs: 4 Break: 11 a.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomResistance in families comes in many shapes and sizes. No matter how it is presented, it makes the work of the helping professional extremely difficult. The aim of this training is to teach helping professionals about resistance of families in play therapy, their potential role in the resistance, as well as methods to combat the resistance of families. A family systems lens will be utilized…

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April 2020

Creating Safety through Mindfulness in Play Therapy

April 3 @ 8:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Abby Seyfer, LISW, RPT CEs: 4 Break: 10:15 a.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomIn this workshop, you will learn how to incorporate mindfulness into the playroom in order to create a safe, calm space for clients, both internally and externally. 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: The positive effects of mindfulness on the brain/physiologically within the body. Explore…

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June 2020

Use of Narrative Therapy within Play

June 19 @ 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Kelly Mayer, LISW, and Jillian Polaski, LMFT CEs: 4 Break: 10:30 a.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomAs experts on their own lives, attendees will learn new perspectives on how to integrate the experiences of a child with their sense of identity in present time. Narrative therapy looks to empower individuals as the experts of their own life and children are no different. Through intentional efforts, play therapy can assist in supporting a child to take ownership of their personal narrative…

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July 2020

How to Utilize Bilateral Stimulation in Play Therapy

July 10 @ 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Tanager Place Rockwell Conference Room, 2309 C St. SW
Cedar Rapids , IA 52404 United States
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Presenter: Dawn Neff, LISW CEs:3 Break: 10 a.m. Location: C Street, Rockwell Conference RoomIn this workshop, participants will gain knowledge of how the brain works and how the use of bilateral stimulation can be used to create and strengthen positive neuro-networks. Learn various bilateral stimulation techniques as a way to aid children in being able to create and access adaptive responses within play therapy. Learning Objectives: Explain how the brain functions and how pathways are created within the brain through…

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August 2020

Family Play Therapy: Theory and Practice

August 7 @ 9:00 AM - August 8 @ 4:00 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Jennifer Null, LMFT, RPT-S CEs: 12 Breaks: 12-1 p.m. (each day) Location: Lower Level Training RoomConceptualization and incorporation of the family in play therapy is a common area of difficulty and confusion for therapists; however, this continues to be an essential factor to a child’s potential for growth, healing and progress. In this two day training, therapists will deepen their knowledge and skill set for engaging parents, caregivers, and families throughout the play therapy process as well as an understanding…

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September 2020

Crucial C’s and Personality Priorities in Play Therapy

September 11 @ 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Kelly Mayer, LISW CEs: 4 Break: 10:30 a.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomWorking to help clients improve their lives is no easy task. Separating a client from their symptoms is extremely difficult and can often make it impossible to conceptualize a case. Adlerian Play Therapy offers a simple, yet fascinating way to conceptualize clients that will optimize the services we provide. In particular, this training aims to teach those in attendance about Personality Priorities and Crucial C’s for the purpose…

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October 2020

Building Attachment and Connection through Family Play Therapy

October 2 @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Joella Gerber, LISW CEs: 6.5 Breaks: 10:15 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 2:45 p.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomChildren’s connections to their caregivers vastly impact brain development, their ability to regulate, and relationships throughout their lifetimes. Assisting children and families in building positive connections and attachments in childhood helps improve current functioning and future mental health. In this workshop, participants will learn about attachment theory, assessing attachment, and how to apply attachment theory to clients and their parents when conceptualizing play…

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November 2020

Fostering Resilience for Children of Trauma through Play Therapy

November 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Lindsey Swales, LISW, RPT-S, CTP CEs: 3 Break: 10:15 a.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomThis workshop will assist play therapists in deepening their knowledge regarding trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Participants will learn ways to identify and assess for childhood adversity as well as resilience factors. Participants will learn techniques and core practices to implement in play therapy to foster resilience, hope and well-being in clients. Learning Objectives: Attendees will identify the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences and…

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December 2020

Use of Sand Tray in Play Therapy

December 2 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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Presenter: Tonya Hotchkin, LMFT, RPT, CTP CEs: 5.5 Breaks: 10:30 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Location: Lower Level Training RoomIn 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. Learning Objectives:…

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