Creating Powerful Play Therapy: The Therapeutic Powers of Play in Action
Presented by Julie Nash, Ph.D., RPT-S
How does play therapy actually create change while improving mental health and overall functioning? While the therapeutic relationship and other qualities of therapy are necessary, this workshop will teach what it is about play specifically that leads to change. The relationship between individual therapeutic powers of play (or change agents) and the primary traits of play will be explored, while relating to the basic tenets of major theories of play therapy. Understanding these relationships and how to implement them allows for effectively choosing techniques or interventions to give the desired observable outcomes. This process will be described and practiced using didactic and experiential exercises, helping participants to solidify their understanding of play therapy theory and practice. Participants will learn how to match presenting problems with the change agents of play and techniques to achieve desired outcomes, and be better equipped to answer the question “So you just…play?” when speaking with parents, referral sources, and other professionals, as well as when writing treatment plans.
Participants will be able to:
1. identify the 20 therapeutic powers of play seen through play therapy.
2. identify the eight primary traits of play as used in play therapy.
3. discuss how to choose an intervention to promote a desired observable outcome from play therapy, given a specified therapeutic power of play and trait of play.
Level of training: Intermediate
2 CONTACT CEs toward the Techniques/Methods Content Requirement
About our presenter: Julie Nash is a licensed clinical psychologist and registered play therapist-supervisor. She obtained her Ph.D. at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and completed her internship and postdoctoral residency at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. Dr. Nash is the author of multiple book chapters on play therapy. She has presented at national and international conferences on play therapy and has been trained in using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to work with children facing the results of a variety of traumas. Dr. Nash is now in private practice and teaching graduate level classes in play therapy. The current president of the New England Association for Play Therapy, Dr. Nash is the owner of Riverside Psychological Associates, LLC in Centerbrook, CT where she provides individual and family therapy sessions for people across the age range, as well as continuing education trainings.
AZAPT Members & Participants $35
Limited to 40 participants.
VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting so participants can see each other. Participants will be awarded CONTACT CE upon successful completion of a post test. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours.
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.
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than July 1, 2020. Cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee. Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to another training date may be requested.