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West Regional Workshop 2019

  • 11/08/2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Bethany Christian Services, 901 Eastern Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


  • Member of MIAPT or APT without CE
  • The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25 and is included in this registration fee.
  • The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25 and is included in this registration fee.
  • Non-member without CE
  • The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25 and is included in this registration type.
  • A participant registering as “student” must be a full-time student at a college or university and provide a written letter from their University verifying the status.

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West Regional Workshop 2019

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Topic:  Serenity Now: Emotional Regulation through Play and Expressive Arts Therapies

Presenters: Christine Zouaoui, LPC, RPT-S & Kaitlynn Morelli, R-DMT, LPC, CYT-200, CRP

Workshop Description: Play therapy and expressive arts therapy have been used to help with healing for many years. The processing that happens during the actual act of play, art creation, and movement helps clients move through their healing. 

In this experiential workshop, you will learn numerous play therapy and expressive arts techniques focused on helping clients with self-regulation. Each of the techniques shared covers a wide range of uses and adapts to many theoretical models of play therapy. Individual, group, and family techniques are included.  These activities are new and there are no repeats from previous workshops by Christine and Kaitlynn. 

Throughout the day, participants will learn numerous techniques to use with clients of all developmental levels to help with emotional and physical dysregulation. These techniques will work with numerous diagnoses and many types of clients. Taught with a neuroscientific lens along with polyvagal theory, participants will learn techniques and understand how these techniques work with clients. Through their unique styles of presentation, Christine and Kaitlynn offer a well-rounded, thorough, and energetic day of learning and self-care. Come join us!

Workshop Schedule

  Registration: 8:30-9:00 a.m. (Breakfast pastries provided)

 Workshop Session: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

 Break: 10:30-10:45 a.m.

 Workshop Session: 10:45-12:15 p.m.

 Lunch: 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Lunch provided)

 Workshop Session: 1:15-2:45 p.m.

 Break: 2:45-3:00 p.m.

 Workshop Session: 3:00-4:30 p.m.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to...

1.  Explain the neurological advantages of play therapy, creative arts, and movement therapy.

2.  Name three ways play therapy and expressive arts therapy help clients.

3.  Demonstrate at least four ways to incorporate creative techniques in your work with clients.                                            

4.  Explain the importance of self-care especially for play therapists and expressive arts therapists.

5.  Explain neurologically why practicing certain self-care techniques while calm helps when we are in crisis.

6.  Show and create two different ways to help remind clients about various self-care techniques.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Christine Davis Zouaoui, LPC, RPT-S, has been in private practice for over 18 years and has also worked in an urban school setting as a Mental Health Therapist. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adult. In addition to her counseling degree, Christine has taken numerous trainings in the use of play and art therapy techniques. She is also a Counseling and Play Therapy Supervisor. Christine presents in many venues including schools and to other mental health professionals teaching about Creative Therapy Techniques and The Nurtured Heart Approach by Howard Glasser. Recently Christine has self-published a book on the use of art therapy techniques in individual and group therapy. She is currently writing a new book specifically for working with groups in numerous settings using Creative Therapies.

Kaitlynn Morelli R-DMT, LPC, CYT-200, CRPholds a Master’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in dance/movement therapy and professional counseling. She currently works as a registered dance/movement therapist, certified therapeutic yoga teacher, and licensed professional counselor throughout southeast Michigan. She has experience working in both clinical and community based non-profit settings with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Kaitlynn also currently offers mental health services through her private practice, Inspired Healing, based out of +Macomb, Michigan.  Kaitlynn’s work is rooted in a holistic, person-centered approach to interpersonal neurobiology and humanistic therapy, with an emphasis on creative playful expression.

Skill Level:   Intermediate

Click here for a downloadable brochure.

Payment must be made online at the time of registration to guarantee your seat.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than October 18, 2019. Cancellations are subject to $25 processing fee. Substitutions may be made in writing for no additional cost. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.   

HANDOUTS: In an effort to reduce paper waste and be more “green,” our policy is to email all handouts. Please include a valid email address with your registration to receive the handouts.

PHOTO RELEASE:  By registering for this conference, you are giving permission for MIAPT to use any photographs that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as MIAPT deems appropriate and desirable. Photographs may be used on the MIAPT website, social media pages, and/or newsletter for any purpose. By completing the registration, you are also consenting to waive any rights to the photographs indefinitely.

If you do not wish to have your photo used, it is your responsibility to notify Jesilee Bonofiglio at registration of your request to be omitted.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:  This workshop for mental health professionals is co-sponsored by the MI Assn. Play Therapy and the Institute for Continuing Education. CE credit is offered for the disciplines listed below. The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25 and may be included in the registration fee or paid on site.  Application forms for CE credit will be available on site. CE verification is mailed to attendees following the program.   To receive CE credit, participants must complete all CE paperwork, sign in/out at designated locations, and submit a completed evaluation of the program.  If you have questions regarding CE credit, the program, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at:

NOTE:  It is the responsibility of attendees to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

Psychology: The Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. Counseling: The Institute is recognized as a provider of continuing education  by the Ohio Board Social Work and Counseling, provider RCS 030001. NBCC credit is not offeredSocial Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education  by the  Ohio Board of Social Work and Counseling, Provider RCS 030001. Marriage/Family Therapy: The Institute is recognized by the Ohio Board MFT , Provider RTX 100501. Play Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. APT Approved Provider 98-040. Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved continuing education provider by the California Board of Nursing, Provider CEP 12646. It is the responsibility of nurses to check with their state board to determine if CE credit issues by an approved provider of the CA Board of Nursing, meet regulations of their board. 

ADA: If you have special needs, please contact Abigail DuPree at or 517-410-9810.

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