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    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom Virtual Meeting

    How to Become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT)

    Virtual Discussion

    AZAPT is pleased to invite you to a Virtual Discussion for all those who want to find out more about becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Learn what's involved and what you need to know. Juliet Fortino, MC, LPC, RPT-S will lead the discussion.

    This opportunity is available for members of AZAPT/APT only.

    Click here for information on the RPT credential.

      Zoom instructions will be forwarded after you register.

      • 10 Nov 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Childhelp, 2120 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

      The Dynamic Duo: Blending the Techniques of Occupational Therapy and Play Therapy Together in the Playroom

      Presented by Cindy Gutierres-Check, MOT and Dana Holtz, MA, RPT-S

      Play is children's occupation! Unfortunately, trauma, stress, and developmental challenges impact brain development and child's play ability. We will explore activities based in occupational and play therapy designed to "retrain the brain," improve children's functioning in processing, regulation, and integration.

      This workshop combines tenets of Occupational and Play Therapy to address the impact of trauma on four key domains of functioning: sensory integration, self-regulation, relational, and cognitive (Barfield et al, 2011). Children’s occupation is play.  Exposure to trauma and dysregulation in the four domains negatively impacts a child’s ability to play, find social/academic success, and develop a strong sense of self.  This workshop focuses on developing somatosensory activities that meet children at their level of functioning to provide reparative experiences that “retrain the brain.”

      Learning Objectives: 

      Participants will be able to: 

      • Explain the domino effect trauma creates in the brain and the resulting impact on childhood functioning.
      • Discuss how Occupational Therapy and Play Therapy merge in the playroom to aid in the healthy development of children and "retrain the brain."
      • List the three (3) areas of play that can be impacted by trauma experiences.
      • Apply a minimum of ten (10) somatosensory play interventions with a base in the science of occupational therapy to a playroom setting.

      Level of training: Foundational

      3 CEUs toward the Techniques/Methods Content Requirement

      About our presenters

      Cindy Gutierres-Check, board certified occupational therapist, with over 14 years experience in pediatric discipline holds a Master degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor degree in Psychology.  Additionally, she owns Lila’s Kidz, a therapist based company, and is an adjunct faculty at Pima Medical Institute.

      Dana Holtz, Director of Queen Louise Home for Children, holds an Educational SpecialistDegree in School Psychology and is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.  With over 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, play therapy remains her passion.

      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.

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

      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:                                        

      1.     Participants will be able to create 4 new play therapy activities with Gestalt theoretical orientation.

      2.     Participants will be able to identify and create 3 new play therapy activities with Adlerian theoretical orientation and for CBT theoretical orientation.

      3.     Participants will be able to apply 2 theoretical models to 3 new creative play therapy activities.

      4.     Participants will learn new play therapy activities costing less than $20 to less than $5.

      5.     Participants will apply cost saving strategies to play therapy interventions.

      Level of training: Beginning - Intermediate

      13 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 8:00 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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