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Identifying & Utilizing the Therapeutic Powers of Play in Play Therapy

  • 02/18/2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Virtual


  • APT Member - Early Registration |

    CE requires a separate registration and fee, which is applicable to all sessions during the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference.
  • MIAPT Member - Early Registration |

    CE requires a separate registration and fee, which is applicable to all sessions during the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference.
  • NonMember - Early Registration |

    CE requires a separate registration and fee, which is applicable to all sessions during the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference.
  • Complimentary Registration for Speaker and Conference Committee Members

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Virtual Annual State Conference 2021

Identifying & Utilizing the Therapeutic Powers of Play in Play Therapy - Julie Nash, PhD, Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor

How does play therapy actually promote 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 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 frameworks and understanding of play therapy theory and practice. Participants will 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 introduced to and practice a model for connecting presenting issues with three major components of play therapy (theory, therapeutic powers, and traits of play) to achieve a desired outcome, which allows for effective and efficient intervention selections.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the 20 therapeutic powers of play seen through play therapy.
  2. Describe how specific use of the therapeutic powers of play is necessary to achieve desired outcomes in play therapy.
  3. Demonstrate how to choose an intervention to promote a desired observable outcome with play therapy, given a specified therapeutic power of play & trait of play.

Session limited to 40 participants. | Foundational

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Julie Nash PhD, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor is a licensed clinical psychologist. 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, and provides continuing education trainings in play therapy. She is the President of the New England Association for Play Therapy and involved with the Association for Play Therapy at the national level.

WORKSHOP LOCATION: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded CONTACT CE after successful completion of a post test. Participants must be visible throughout the presentation. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 3 CONTACT CE Hours.

If you want Continuing Education, you must register separately. Continuing Education is available for $25. You only need to register ONCE, which will be valid for all sessions scheduled during the virtual conference.

*Continuing Education:

  • A single fee is applicable to all workshops you attend if you meet CE requirements.
  • You must attend via Zoom with your video on & face visible for the entire workshop.
  • You must set your Zoom name to match your Registration & State License
  • You must pass a Post Test with 80% by 2/27/2021.

HANDOUTS: 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 (screenshots) 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 Angelita Valdez at registration of your request to be omitted.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you notify MIAPT you are canceling, and we are able to fill your spot, you will receive a refund for the registration fee minus $25 administrative fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing.

Michigan Association for Play Therapy: MIAPT is a professional organization striving to advance the theory and practice of play therapy through activities such as conferences, seminars, and networking in order to serve the mental health needs of Michigan children, families, schools and communities. For more information on the Conference visit our website at

Attendance Monitoring: Attendance monitoring is achieved through participants keeping video feed turned on at all times with participant's face visible, signing the CE Application Form which attests adherence to attendance monitoring.

Play Therapy Credit: To receive APT CE credit, participants must complete and achieve a passing score of a post-quiz. Questions regarding CE credit, the program, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at

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. Full attendance is required for the sessions in which you participate. The CE processing fee is $25 and requires a separate registration to MIAPT. CE verification is mailed to attendees following the program. If you have questions regarding CE credit, please 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.

NOTE: Do not submit the CE processing with your completed CE packet. MIAPT will supply The Institute for Continuing Education with a listing of participants who paid the fee to MIAPT with registration.

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/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact

Skill Level: All skill levels

CE Packets are accepted by MAIL only. Email packets will not be accepted. A complete CE packet should include: 1) CE Application form; 2) Attendance Log; 3) Completed Evaluation Form for the session you attend. Mail Packets to: The Institute for Continuing Education, PO Box 1369, Fairhope, AL 36533.

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