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    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Childhelp, 2120 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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    Playful Supervision: Play Based Experiential Techniques for Clinical Supervision

    Presented by Jenn Pereira, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S

    This training is designed to highlight the usefulness of play therapy techniques within the supervisory working relationship. Play therapists use myriad play techniques to support the growth and development of their clients; here, we will be exploring the use of these same techniques within the context of supervision. This approach is also an experiential method for adding new play therapy techniques to a supervisee’s repertoire. Within the supervisory relationship are the roles of supervisor and supervisee, contractual obligations, ethical duties and concerns, and evaluative components. The training will target each of these through the lens of using play-based techniques to develop a growth-oriented supervisory relationship.  Participants will review their own supervisory style and needs of their supervisees, and learn several play therapy techniques that can be adapted to fit their work.  Participants will leave with techniques that can be applied immediately to different aspects of the supervisory relationship.  We will also discuss techniques that can be implemented to assist supervisees in overcoming roadblocks to successful client care.


    Learning Objectives: 

    Participants will be able to: 

    1. Identify a number of play therapy techniques they can use in clinical supervision

    2. Discuss their current supervision strategies and usefulness of experiential techniques

    3. Understand how to develop play therapy techniques to fit specific supervision topics and concerns

    4. Discuss how to support the transition from using play therapy techniques into supervision sessions

    5. Identify play therapy techniques for supervision that deepen the supervisees understanding of themselves and client concerns

    Level of training: Advanced

    3 CEUs toward the Techniques/Methods Content Requirement

    About our presenter

    Dr. Jenn Pereira is an Assistant Clinical Professor with ASU's Counseling and Counseling Psychology Unit. Her special area of focus is play therapy and working with children. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Clinical Traumatologist with school, private practice, and agency background, and has worked in the field for 16 years. Jenn has been a supervisor for both state licensure interns and play therapy credentialing interns for many years, and is also passionate about providing training to students and professionals in the areas of trauma, play and sand therapy, and working with the culture of children.

    AZAPT Members $45

    NonMembers $55

    Check in at the door begins at 8:40 a.m.

    AZAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. Our provider number is 97-035. AZAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote the Annual Conference or AZAPT.

    • 13 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Childhelp, 2120 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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    3 Most Commom Mistakes that Lead to Play Therapist Burnout

    Presented by Lanie Smith, MPS, ATR

    An overview of the current epidemic of stress with burnout rates at an all time high and a call to play therapists to understand, now more than ever, the imperative to care for themselves in order to serve their child clients ethically.  Due to the nature of their work, play therapists are uniquely positioned to experience the more difficult aspects of life.  Play therapists encounter and work to alleviate myriad overwhelming, saddening, and frustrating issues when working with their child clients.  These factors can quickly lead play therapists to frustration, high stress, and burnout.  Explore the 3 most common mistakes that lead to play therapist burnout and the strategies to reverse and prevent burnout using practical, creative self care tools rooted in play research for greater health and wellness.  Experience and identify necessary steps to decrease overwhelm, improve health, and increase work/life satisfaction as a result through natural play and universal creativity.  


    Learning Objectives: 

    Participants will be able to: 

    1. Identify at least 5 signs + symptoms of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue faced by Play Therapists and other helping professionals

    2. Identify and understand the 3 most common mistakes that lead to burnout for Play Therapists and other helping professionals

    3. Explore and identify at least 3 risks + rewards of being a Play Therapist or similar helping professional

    4. Identify and learn at least one practical creative play based activity to cultivate intuitive play + natural creativity for increased self-awareness, insight, and self-care for use with yourself and your clients

    5. Identify and discuss at least 3 practical applications of creative expression for use in Play Therapy with specific populations

    Level of training: Foundational

    2 CEUs toward the Techniques/Methods Content Requirement

    About our presenterLanie Smith, MPS, ATR is a Registered Art Therapist + Vitality Coach, combining the power of nature, creativity development, + spirituality as the antidote for burnout in her signature approach, EcoArt Wellness.

    AZAPT Members $35

    NonMembers $45

    Check in at the door begins at 6:10 p.m.

    AZAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. Our provider number is 97-035. AZAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote the Annual Conference or AZAPT.

    • 1 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 2 Mar 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • The Beatitudes Campus, 1610 W Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021
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    2019 AZAPT Annual Conference

    Play Therapy on a Dime: Practical Techniques for Everyday Use

    Presented by:
    Sharolyn Wallace, Ph.D., LCSW, RPT-S

    Workshop Overview:

    Gadgets, gizmos, cool new stuff, latest must haves! Very exciting and potentially very costly! This workshop will revive your creative spirit without breaking your piggy bank! Material, broken toys, old puzzles, foil, cardboard rolls, and everyday junk can be turned into fabulous play therapy activities and successful therapeutic techniques. This workshop will focus on the difficult challenges facing children from school age through adolescence. Sexual abuse, bullying, ADHD, emotional and physical abuse, divorce, substance abuse are just a few of the traumas we will explore in the context of play therapy methodologies. Research indicates that play therapy modalities are effective with these complex issues. Evidenced and empirically based methodologies with corresponding experiential play therapy techniques will assist the play therapist in developing a strength and empowerment model for our clients. CBT, Gestalt, CCPT, and Adlerian therapeutic models will be the foundation of this workshop. These techniques will assist therapist in empowering our clients to become stronger, assertive, courageous, and efficacious. This workshop will provide many experiential activities that engage the creativeness and curative factors of the therapeutic relationship in play therapy.

    Workshop Objectives:                                        

    • Participants will be able to create 4 new play therapy activities with Gestalt theoretical orientation.
    • Participants will be able to identify and create 3 new play therapy activities with Adlerian theoretical orientation.
    • Participants will be able to develop 3 new play therapy activities for CBT theoretical orientation.
    • Participants will be able to apply 2 theoretical models to 3 new creative play therapy activities.
    • Participants will learn 3 new play therapy activities that cost less than $5.
    • Participants will learn 3 new play therapy activities that cost less than $10.
    • Participants will learn 3 new play therapy activities that cost less than $20.
    • Participants will learn how to differentiate between two different play therapy modalities of their choice.
    • Participants will learn the therapeutic value of cardboard rolls in play therapy.
    • Participants will apply play therapy modalities to 4 new uses of broken games.
    • Participants will apply cost saving strategies to play therapy interventions.
    • Participants will develop personal plan for creating 2 new play therapy activities from broken toys.

    Level of training: Beginning - Intermediate

    12 APT CEUs 

    About our presenter:

    Sharolyn Wallace, PhD. LCSW, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor has been the Professor of Human Services at Tulsa Community College for over 20 years. She is also the director for TCC’s Center for Addiction Prevention and Recovery Support. Dr. Wallace received the 2014 C.V. Ramana award for Outstanding Contribution to the Mental Health of Oklahoma’s Children and the 2016 NASW-OK Social Worker of the Year.  She is the Past-President for OK NASW.  She is a Board Member for the Association for Play Therapy and the National Association for Social Workers.  Dr. Wallace has been in private practice for over twenty years specializing in child sexual abuse and trauma.  Dr. Wallace led a team of mental health workers providing crisis intervention and play therapy in Sri Lanka one month at the Tsunami.  She has also provided crisis relief work in Alaska, New York, Miami, San Francisco, and Scotland, and two separate tours of duty in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Dr. Wallace has published articles on play therapy and relapse prevention with child welfare families. She is the author of a series of children’s books, “The Adventures of Bruce, Ben & Gerry.”

    Check in at the door begins at 7:45 a.m.

    AZAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. Our provider number is 97-035. AZAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote the Annual Conference or AZAPT.

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7 Apr 2018 Speaking the Client's Language: An Exploration of Everything from Pokemon to Tech
17 Mar 2018 Advanced Instruction for the Play Therapist Supervisor
2 Mar 2018 New Member Orientation Virtual Meeting
16 Feb 2018 2018 AZAPT Annual Conference
9 Feb 2018 Coffee Outreach in Tucson
7 Feb 2018 Happy Hour in Tempe
13 Jan 2018 Bibliotherapy: A Play Based Approach
4 Nov 2017 Play Therapy with the Sexually Acting Out Child AND Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Teens and Tweens
18 Oct 2017 Helping Children When a Family Member is Diagnosed with a Life-Threatening Illness
9 Sep 2017 Culture, Metaphor & Play: Finding Resilience through the Storms
19 Aug 2017 Sensory Processing and Trauma: A Handful of Play Activities
16 Aug 2017 Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Exposure with Children in Play Therapy
19 Jul 2017 Using StoryPlay for Children and Families with Grief and Loss
10 Jun 2017 Forensically Informed Therapy
17 May 2017 Trauma-Focused Therapy - Stages and Strategies
19 Apr 2017 Working with Attachment
11 Mar 2017 The Power of Metaphor: Transforming Trauma with Resilience
17 Feb 2017 Annual Conference 2017
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