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Annual State Conference 2022

  • 02/25/2022
  • 8:00 AM
  • 02/26/2022
  • 4:30 PM
  • Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Complimentary Registration for Speakers

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DAY 1: Friday, February 25, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Using Play Therapy to Improve Self-Esteem

Kadesha Adelakun LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Low self-esteem is likely created during the early years of life, due to such things as the pressure of academic and social success at school, peer pressure and/or bullying, and being in an environment where they’re not the majority, as well as many other factors in their environment. Play Therapy is effective in increasing self-esteem. Play therapy can enhance health and improve self-esteem to improve children and adolescent’s mental health. Play therapy can also be beneficial to prevent “at-risk” children from developing lower self-esteem, while also improving children’s self-esteem, who are not “at-risk.” Some aspects of age and gender differences in self-esteem are universal across cultures, whereas other aspects are cultural dependent. This training will explore some of the contributing factors to self-esteem, as well as play therapy activities specific to self-esteem and self-confidence. Understanding how to use play therapy in developing self-esteem and self-confidence in clients will be discussed. - Play Therapy Special Topics

DAY 2: Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Breakouts - You Choose: All day Session A (6 hour) OR one (3 hour) morning session (choice of B, C or D) AND one (3 hour) afternoon session (choice of E, F or G)

All day 6 hour Session: 2/26/22 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

A: Using Superheroes and Pop Culture in Counseling and Play Therapy

Sophia Ansari LPCC, Registered Play Therapist™

We all have memories of using a blanket as a makeshift cape, jumping off the couch and imagining as if we were flying high up in the sky amongst the clouds. Superheroes have been such an integral part of our childhood. The themes in our favorite comic books can be used to help children and adults with the struggles we all encounter at some point in our lives (losing a loved one, being bullied, making poor choices). The stories may be stories of fantasy but what makes them all relatable is that the characters and narratives are grounded in human emotion. Superhero themes in play therapy can be used to assess a client’s inner resources, their needs, strengths and can provide valuable information in diagnosis and treatment. The creative counselor can incorporate several modalities of treatment such as play therapy, art, drama, cognitive behavioral therapy, bibliotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, positive psychology, and many other evidence-based modalities! - Play Therapy Special Topics

Morning 02/26/22  3 hour Session - 8:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m.

B: Racial Trauma and the Ethics of Cultural Humility in Play Therapy

Kadesha Adelakun LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™

While many therapists learn about and are aware of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), many are not very familiar with Racial Trauma.  We will explore trauma that results from experiences of racism and how that can lead to a form of PTSD amongst Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), including children and adolescents, called Racial Trauma. BIPOC youth are not exempt from experiencing racial trauma in their lives, due to such things as systemic oppression and other ongoing individual and collective injuries from constant exposure to race-based stress. Play Therapists should work to prevent and effectively treat psychological and physical distress experienced as a result of the racism faced by BIPOC youth. Through the lens of cultural humility, we will focus on several topics relevant to ethical practice. We’ll discuss the importance of assessing and treatment interventions that incorporate the racial experiences of BIPOC youth as an essential component of treatment. Oppression, privilege, and ethical duties, as well as clinical implications and case conceptualization will be discussed. - All training levels - Play Therapy Special Topics - *Addresses implicit bias

C: Non-Directive Play Therapy Skills

Laura Hutchison PsyD, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™

This presentation is for beginning play therapists.  It focuses on the importance of therapeutic rapport building and learning the essential non-directive play therapy skills of structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play, limit setting, and faith & respect. Skills will be explained, demonstrated live and through video, then practiced by the participants. - Play Therapy Skills or Methods

D: Use of PlayTherapy & Expressive Arts Therapy with Adolescents in Individual or Group Work

Christine Zouaoui LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™

Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy have been used together to help with healing for many years. The processing that happens during the actual act of play, art and movement helps clients move through their healing in ways that “talk therapy” alone can not provide. In this experiential workshop, you will learn specific techniques focused on helping clients with various diagnosis, that utilize play therapy and expressive arts therapy in our therapeutic settings. Each of the techniques covers a wide range of uses including telehealth adaptations that can fit within your specific area of theory within play therapy. The therapeutic exercises are new and have not been included in previous workshops with Christine. As always, please remember to dress comfortably and be ready for some fun and self-care. - Play Therapy Special Topics

Afternoon 02/26/22 – 3 hour Session - 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

E: Beyond Cultural Competency: Helping Play Therapists Practice Cultural Humility

Kadesha Adelakun LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™

The U.S. is very diverse, with people of different races, cultures, and ethnicities.  Often times, we see this diversity in our playrooms.  Research shows that, unfortunately, culturally minoritized populations suffer disproportionally from mental health disparities.  One very much needed intervention is culturally competent mental health care, including in the playroom.  These realities and our Codes of Ethics require that clinicians be prepared to effectively meet these needs.  However, clearly understanding how to apply a multicultural perspective in assessment and clinical practice, in the playroom, can be difficult to conceptualize.  This interactive workshop presents effective ways to implement ethical and culturally informed case conceptualization and intervention in the playroom.  We will explore and discuss ways in which multicultural aspects can be infused in play therapy.  Participants will engage in the meaningful and therapeutic conversation surrounding race, culture, ethnicity, the intersection of identities and the dynamics of privilege that influence counseling relationships. - Play Therapy Special Topics

F: Using Lego® in Play Therapy via Telehealth

Christina Collins MA, LPC, NCC

In this session, learn how to empower your play therapy session with Lego® bricks and construction toys. These methods are appropriate for all ages, as Lego® is a classic building material. Additionally, learn specific ways to use Lego® bricks and mini-figures to facilitate communication, understanding, and healing through play therapy. Interventions have been modified and developed with virtual counseling in mind. - Play Therapy Special Topics

G: Why Can't We Be Friends? Social Skills in Play Therapy

Laura Hutchison PsyD, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™

Participants will learn different activities to help clients learn age-appropriate social skills through play therapy. A majority of the workshop will be spent learning about different hands-on and virtual play therapy activities through demonstration and active participation.  We will also discuss what populations and diagnoses the activities work best. - Play Therapy Skills or Methods


Lansing Community College West Campus

5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917


Friday, February 25, 2022

8:00-8:30 am Registration 

8:30-10:00 am Presentation 

10:00-10:15 am Break and Exhibits 

10:15-11:45 am Presentation 

11:45-12:00 pm Annual Business Meeting

12:00 - 1:15 pm Lunch (OWN YOUR OWN)

1:15-2:45 pm Presentation 

2:45-3:00 pm Break and Exhibits

3:00-4:30 pm Presentation 

Saturday, February 26, 20202

8:00-8:30 am Registration 

8:30-10:00 am Morning Breakout Presentations

10:00-10:15 am Break and Exhibits 

10:15-11:45 am Presentations

11:45-1:00 pm Lunch (ON YOUR OWN)

1:00-2:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Presentation 

2:30-2:45 pm Break and Exhibits 

2:45-4:15 pm Presentations 

4:15 pm Conference Concludes

HOTEL INFORMATION: Quality Suites, 901 Delta Commerce Drive, Lansing, MI 48917. 517-886-0600. There is a block of discounted rooms available on a first come first serve basis. 

HANDOUTS: Our policy is to email all handouts. Please include a valid email address with your registration to receive the handouts.

EXHIBITS: Books and therapeutic materials will be on display and available for sale Friday & Saturday.

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 a $25 administrative fee. 

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 at registration of your request to be omitted.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus at MIAPT has been the health and safety of our customers, staff, and communities. Vaccinations have reduced many of the COVID-19 guidelines/mandates regarding face masks, social distancing, and travel. In many states and cities, guidelines/mandates have been completely eliminated. As MIAPT moves forward with producing live meetings and conferences, we will continue to monitor the continually evolving guidance released by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as all federal, state, and local government mandates, to provide an environment that is as safe as possible for all event participants. By participating in person, I agree to follow the meeting’s health and safety policies as mandated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the federal, state, and local government, and venue requirements. Masks are required to be worn within the venue at all times. If a participant chooses not to wear a mask or follow guidelines, they will be asked to leave without a refund.

ACCEPTANCE: By registering for and attending MIAPT events, I hereby agree that I accept the terms stated above and indemnify and hold harmless MIAPT, its affiliates, and their respective directors, employees, and agents (including , without limitation, any agent acting on its behalf) from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) resulting from attendance at MIAPT events.

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

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 12.00 CE contact hours ( 6.00 hrs. per day), with full attendance required for the days attended. The CE processing fee is $25 and is payable to The Institute for Continuing Education by participants with completed CE Packets. The $25.00 CE fee should not be included with registration. Application forms for other CE materials  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:

NoteIt is the responsibility of participants to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meet the regulations of their licensing/certification board.

Note: This program offers no “ethics” hours.   CE hours offered are not “academic” and may not be utilized toward fulfillment of a degree.

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 offered.

Social 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. 

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

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