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    • 5 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual Meeting
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    Black Kids Matter: Play Therapy to Empower Black Children Across the Lifespan

    Presented by: April Duncan, DSW, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™


    Black children and families are often navigating negative race-based experiences on a daily and continuous basis. However, this is often overlooked in the diagnosis and assessment of their moods and behaviors. This webinar will explore important cultural factors to consider in individual, group and family play therapy with Black children and families. Attendees will also review play-based activities to help build rapport and empower Black children dealing with depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and more. Additionally, individuals will review cultural considerations when implementing play-based interventions in the playroom, along with key items to equip in the playroom to promote cultural inclusivity.  


    Learning Objectives 
    Participants will be able to:

    1. Explore play themes that may signal racial trauma in Black children
    2. Discuss cultural considerations when gaining play therapy buy-in with Black students and families
    3. Use play-based interventions to encourage cultural pride & empowerment in Black students

    Level of training: Intermediate | Play Therapy Seminal or Historically Significant Theories, Play Therapy and Cultural Diveresity

    This training is approved by APT Approved Provider 97-035 for 3 CE hours.

    This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

    About our presenter: Dr. April Duncan (DSW, LCSW, RPT-S) is a racial trauma expert focused on using play therapy to address racial trauma in children of color. She is also an author, nationally recognized facilitator, adjunct instructor and serves on the advisory board for the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals.

    AZAPT Members $50; Guests $60

    Limited to 50 participants.

    LIVE WEBINAR: Per APT guidelines, video cameras must be on throughout the presentation for live webinar CE. Participants will be awarded APT LIVE WEBINAR CE upon successful completion of a post test. This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

    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 22, 2024. Cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee. Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to another training date may be requested. No refunds after July 22, 2024.

    By registering for this training, you are giving AZAPT permission to add your email to our email list and permission for AZAPT to use any photographs or screenshots taken during the training for promotional purposes.

    • 5 Aug 2024
    • 4 Nov 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual via Zoom
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    AZAPT Book Club

    The book and concepts in The Therapeutic Powers of Play is a foundation to the work we all do. No matter the theoretical foundation and orientation you identify with, this book is a keystone to the work you do. 

    Come join AZAPT in this VIRTUAL networking event to start discussing these 20 core agents of change! We will be breaking the book down a few chapters at a time so that it feels more manageable in our busy day-to-day lives. PLEASE READ THE CHAPTERS prior to the meeting.

    Can’t make this one…then look for future book club networking events to join the discussion. 

    Open to AZAPT members and friends!

    8/5 - Chapters 9-11

    9/2 - Chapters 12-15

    10/7 - Chapters 16 -18

    11/4 - Chapters 19-21


    • 8 Aug 2024
    • 12 Dec 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Virtual
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    AZAPT Virtual Networking Event

    Join AZAPT in this networking event to share your favorites and to learn about some new ones from your fellow therapists using play in sessions. 

    Open to AZAPT members and friends!

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    • 7 Sep 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBD
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    Come out to spend time with AZAPT board members and other therapists from Southern Arizona and the Valley to network and chat about what we love most….PLAY!

    Not from Northern Arizona…maybe it’s time for a road trip to meet some of your Northern Arizona colleagues.

    Open to AZAPT members and friends!



    • 15 Nov 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual Meeting
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    Fun with Foundations: History and Theories of Play Therapy


    Presented by: Danyale Weems, LCSW, RPT-S, EMDR Certified


    Let's be real, play has been around as long as humans have existed. Play therapy has been around since Freud. Part of becoming a play therapist is knowing and learning our history and foundation. Knowing why you are doing what you are doing and being able to communicate this to caregivers and others in the community maintains the credibility of what we do as Play Therapists. In this workshop participants will learn how play therapy began, developed and grew to be what it is today. Participants will learn the historical and seminal theories under the umbrella of play therapy. Participants will have a brief overview of the therapeutic powers of play and how they came to be. Participants will learn and practice play therapy activities connected to the theories.    


    Learning Objectives 
    Participants will be able to:

    1. Identify 4 main areas within Therapeutic Powers of Play and their applicability in play therapy
    2. Identify Seminal and Historical Theories Connected to Play Therapy
    3. Demonstrate 2 play therapy techniques/interventions connected to theories

    Level of training: Foundational/Intermediate | Play Therapy Skills and Methods, Play Therapy Seminal or Historically Significant Theories

    This training is approved by APT Approved Provider 97-035 for 3 CE hours.

    This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

    About our presenter: Danyale Weems, LCSW, RPT-S™, EMDR Certified and an EMDR Consultant in training owns a private practice in rural Georgia where she specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families with complex trauma and neuro-developmental disorders. She has advanced training and education in clinical supervision and provides supervision to Social Workers, Counselors and Play Therapists. Danyale currently provides supervision and consultation across the country. She has partnered with her local University to create awareness around using play therapy as a primary way of healing for children and families. Danyale provides trainings locally and state-wide. She has provided trainings for the GA NASW, Tanner Hospital System, GA LPC Chapter, and University of West GA..

    AZAPT Members $50; Guests $60

    Limited to 50 participants.

    LIVE WEBINAR: Per APT guidelines, video cameras must be on throughout the presentation for live webinar CE. Participants will be awarded APT LIVE WEBINAR CE upon successful completion of a post test. This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

    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 November 1, 2024. Cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee. Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to another training date may be requested. No refunds after November 1, 2024.

    By registering for this training, you are giving AZAPT permission to add your email to our email list and permission for AZAPT to use any photographs or screenshots taken during the training for promotional purposes.

    • 7 Dec 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Come out to spend time with AZAPT board members and other therapists from Southern Arizona and the Valley to network and chat about what we love most….PLAY!

    Open to AZAPT members and friends!



    • 1 Mar 2025
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Come out to spend time with AZAPT board members and other therapists from Southern Arizona and the Valley to network and chat about what we love most….PLAY!

    Not from Southern Arizona…maybe it’s time for a road trip to meet some of your Southern Arizona colleagues.

    Open to AZAPT members and friends!



    • 7 Jun 2025
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Come out to spend time with AZAPT board members and other therapists from Southern Arizona and the Valley to network and chat about what we love most….PLAY!

    Not from Northern Arizona…maybe it’s time for a road trip to meet some of your Northern Arizona colleagues.

    Open to AZAPT members and friends!



    • 6 Sep 2025
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Come out to spend time with AZAPT board members and other therapists from Southern Arizona and the Valley to network and chat about what we love most….PLAY!

    Open to AZAPT members and friends!



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28 Jun 2024 Healthy Divorce Mediation 101
1 Jun 2024 AZAPT Networking Event: Tucson
1 Jun 2024 Ethical Self-Care for the Play Therapist
17 May 2024 AZAPT Board Meet and Greet
3 May 2024 Play Therapy and Divorce: How to stay out of the courtroom
5 Apr 2024 Treating Pediatric OCD~ Play Therapy & ERP
22 Mar 2024 2024 AZAPT Annual Conference
7 Feb 2024 The Competent Play Therapist Supervisor
11 Jan 2024 Intro to Sandtray Play Therapy
29 Nov 2023 AZAPT Virtual Networking Event
17 Nov 2023 Ain’t Misbehavin’: Assessing the Goals of Misbehavior in Play Therapy
11 Nov 2023 AZAPT Networking Event: Flagstaff
27 Oct 2023 Filial Play Therapy
25 Oct 2023 AZAPT Virtual Networking Event
26 Sep 2023 AZAPT Networking Event: Phoenix
15 Sep 2023 Bibliotherapy: A Play-Based Approach
29 Aug 2023 Train-the-Trainer: Members Only
22 Aug 2023 Puppetry and Storytelling Play Therapy Activities
24 Jul 2023 The Marriage of CBT and Play Therapy-Merging CBT and Play Therapy in the Therapy Space
30 Jun 2023 I Brought My Crayons: Utilizing Art Techniques in Adlerian Play Therapy
19 May 2023 Discipline Does not Equal Punishment: Working with Parents in the Play Therapy Process
18 Apr 2023 The Ethics of Play Therapy in a Changing World
10 Mar 2023 Beyond Diversity-Incorporating A Multicultural Orientation in Play Therapy
17 Feb 2023 2023 AZAPT Annual Conference
19 Jan 2023 Using Music to Engage Children and Teens in Play Therapy
9 Dec 2022 Holiday PLAYfest
4 Nov 2022 A Review of Play Therapy Clinical Supervision Utilizing Popular Children's Movie Characters
11 Oct 2022 LEGO-Based Play Therapy: It's All in the Directive
23 Sep 2022 History and Theory of Play Therapy
14 Sep 2022 Virtual Networking/Resource Event
19 Aug 2022 Superheroes and Pop Culture in Play Therapy
15 Jul 2022 Clinical Applications of Play Therapy with Sexually Victimized Children and Adolescents
17 Jun 2022 StoryCrafts: Creative Activities for Replenishing our Wellspring of Play Therapy Approaches
17 May 2022 Let’s Play Your Way! Cultural Considerations in Play Therapy
26 Apr 2022 When the White Flag is Flying: Increasing Awareness of Healing the Burnout and Compassion Fatigue of Play Therapists

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