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    • 21 Aug 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Childhelp, 2120 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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    Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy:  Models, Clinical Applicationsand Playroom Choices

    Presented by Beth Onufrak, Ph.D.

    Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) is a valuable approach for helping young children develop coping skills in the irreplaceable medium of play. Learn what CBPT has to offer among the diverse multitude of play therapy models. Find research support in the CBPT literature. Discuss and debate clinical considerations such as directive vs. indirective approaches and parent confidence in treatment. Watch demonstrations of Dr. Onufrak’s CBPT interventions featuring puppets that provide an interactive child experience. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

    1.  Discuss 3 reasons CBPT may be an ideal choice for a particular play therapy client.

    2.  Identify and practice with 3 empirically supported CBPT treatments.

    3.  Apply 3 CBPT treatment strategies to use in your play therapy room.

    Level of training: Foundational

    2 CEs toward the Techniques/Methods Content Requirement

    About our presenter: Dr. Beth Onufrak is a Clinical Child Psychologist of 25 years specializing in early childhood. A parent educator, she is the developer of ChildSightTools® online parent programming. A former Head Start consultant and Professor of Psychology, she guides parents and educators from conflict to connection with children in the critical years.

    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. APT Approved Provider 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 AZAPT.

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Childhelp, 2120 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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    Play Therapy Ethics: Making it Make Sense

    Presented by Juliet Fortino, MC, LPC, RPT-S

    This training will present ethical and boundary challenges within the play therapy experience. Participants will explore the current code of ethics and how this impacts play therapy practices across the state. Come find out the answers to your questions about ethics and play therapy.

    Learning Objectives: 

    Participants will be able to: 

    1. Describe the current code of ethics and the impact this has on play therapy sessions.

    2. Discuss common ethical dilemmas when working with children in a play therapy setting.

    3. Explain how technology impacts play therapy practices and the ethical issues this may bring to sessions.

    4. Demonstrate a practical model for ethical decision-making.

    5. Apply Play Therapy Best Practices.

    Level of training: Foundational

    3 CEs toward the Techniques/Methods Content Requirement

    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 community in a private practice setting. She has 19 years of experience working with child trauma, abuse, attachment and play therapy. She currently uses play therapy in individual and family therapy to help children heal from their previous traumas. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages, including the 0-5 age group. She speaks locally and nationally on a variety of topics and currently serves as the President of the Arizona Association for Play Therapy. Juliet achieved her Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor credentials in 2006. In addition, Juliet is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is the current president of the Arizona Association for Play Therapy. She also sits on several committees for the Association for Play Therapy.

    AZAPT Members $45

    NonMembers $55

    Check in at the door begins at 8:45 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.

    • 9 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Childhelp, 2120 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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    Grief and Loss in the Play Room: Play Therapy Techniques

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

    The training is designed to assist therapists in using play therapy based techniques to support clients and families who are dealing with grief and loss issues.  Primary and secondary grief and loss issues are seen frequently during play therapy sessions, therefore it behooves therapists to: have a solid understanding of the symptoms and effects of grief, how our child clients understand grief and loss, the ways in which play therapy can support coping skills, and have a repertoire of play therapy based techniques from which to draw.  We will also work to dispel the myths commonly encountered when dealing with grief and loss in child clients.

    Learning Objectives: 

    Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

    1. Discuss the play therapy themes of children dealing with grief and loss (Primary and Secondary).
    2. Apply 2-3 play therapy techniques to the elements of grief and loss seen in the play therapy room.
    3. Identify ways in which play therapy and play therapists can support the family system with learning how to cope with grief.

    Level of training: Intermediate

    2 CEs 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 $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. APT Approved Provider 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 AZAPT.

    • 21 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 22 Feb 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • TBD Metro Phoenix
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    2020 AZAPT Annual Conference

    TraumaPlay™: A Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy Model for Trauma and Attachment Disturbances

    Presented by:
    Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S

    Workshop Overview:

    Play therapists must be able to explain our clinical choices all along the continuum of care when working with traumatized children and families.

    TraumaPlay™ translates evidence informed trauma treatment with children into a sequence of play-based component modules that celebrate the intersection of the neurobiology of play and the neurobiology of trauma, while honoring current evidence-based approaches in the field of trauma.

    Each component represents an important dimension of play therapy for trauma treatment and articulates both a specific treatment goal and accompanying interventions. The child’s metaphorical use of the playroom is demonstrated through a multitude of case examples and augmented with a variety of prop-based play therapy interventions. This flexible, phase-based model differentiates between goals of trauma treatment that are best accomplished through non-directive play therapy methods and goals that are best served by including attachment focused play therapy approaches that include Parents as Partners, cognitive-behavioral play therapy interventions, sandtray methods and other expressive therapy techniques. Come learn the overarching trajectory for trauma treatment as well as a multitude of practical clinical tools that can be immediately integrated into your practice.

    Workshop Objectives: 

    After the workshop, participants will be able to:

    1) List all seven primary components of TraumaPlay™

    2) List the three roles of the TraumaPlay™ Therapist

    3) Describe several self-directed ways in which children use the playroom to increase their sense of safety and security in play therapy.

    4) List three therapist directed activities for enhancing safety and security in play therapy.

    5) Describe four play therapy interventions that assess and augment coping.

    6) Describe three play therapy interventions that decrease a child's sense of physiological arousal.

    7) Describe six play therapy interventions that help parents co-regulate their children more effectively.

    8) Describe three play therapy interventions for assessing and increasing emotional literacy.

    9) Explain the two developmental foundations discussed in the Parents as Partners component of the model.

    10) List three play therapy interventions that invite disclosure in TraumaPlay™.

    11) List five play therapy interventions that prompt coherent narrative building in TraumaPlay™.

    12) List four prop-based play therapy interventions that help integrate somatic memories during coherent narrative building.

    13) Explain several play therapy techniques that assist clients in challenging and restructuring cognitive distortions.


      Level of training: Beginning - Intermediate

      12 CE | APT Approved Provider 97-035 

      About our presenter:

      Paris Goodyear-Brown, the founder and director of Nurture House, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 20 years of experience in treating families in need. While she specializes in treating trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, maltreatment and neglect) and attachment disturbances, she often provides help for anxious, angry or depressed children and teens. A child development expert, she frequently provides parent consultation, dyadic assessment and parent coaching to help parents manage and resolve their children's behavior problems. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, guest lecturer for several universities in middle Tennessee, and has an international reputation as a dynamic speaker and innovative clinician. She provides play therapy and licensure supervision and consults with various school districts, agencies and mental health organizations to help develop play therapy programs and create more developmentally sensitive programming. Click here to read more

      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. APT Approved Provider 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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