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West Regional Workshop 2022

  • 05/06/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Bethany Christian Counseling Services, 901 Eastern Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


  • Speakers, Bethany Christian Staff, Others
  • Member of MIAPT
  • 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 2022

Looking Deeper into the Presenting Problem: Practicing Cultural Humility in the Play Therapy Room

Presenter: Carmen Jimenez-Pride, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP, SAP, RYT-200, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

When working with culturally diverse populations the need to look deeper into the presenting problem is more prevalent with those exhibiting symptoms of racial and cultural trauma on the rise. Often times clinical professionals are minimizing cultural and racial experiences in their treatment of Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). The presenting problem will give the clinical professional limited information to begin providing therapeutic services for the child and family. Diving deeper into the presenting problem by asking the hard questions related to race and culture will assist in creating a therapeutic space that clients can discuss how race and culture impacts their experiences in the world. These actions will foster a deeper therapeutic relationship between the play therapist and family creating a space for deeper healing.

Code of ethics within multiple professions require that clinicians be prepared to effectivity meet the needs of the client population they serve by being culturally competent. With a rise of culturally based trauma, unaddressed racial and cultural trauma there is a need for helping professionals to dive deeper into their professional and personal develop by increase their cultural humility.

This workshop will focus on bringing cultural humility into the play therapy setting. The workshop will challenge all play therapist and mental health professionals to examine their potential biases, assess how biases show up in their play therapy work and how it impacts the clients served.

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

  1. Define and analyze culture, cultural competence and cultural humility. 
  2. Identify the therapeutic powers of play and the relationship with diverse populations.
  3. Discuss play therapy with a cultural humility perspective.
  4. List ways in which play therapist can practice cultural humility within their play therapy settings.
  5. Analyze current play therapy practices and the role of the play therapist.
  6. Discus therapeutic play therapy models and perspectives for focusing on culture and race that can incorporated into play therapy practice.
  7. Demonstrate play therapy activities that can be utilized in the playroom and sandtray.

    BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Carmen K. Jimenez-Pride is a Master Level Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina and Georgia. She is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker in South Carolina. Carmen is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™ credentialed by the Association of Play Therapy and operates a private practice in Augusta Ga. Carmen is a children’s book author, the publisher of the Increasing Your Play Therapy Tool Box and the creator of Focus on Feelings.

    Carmen is trained in Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Brainspotting, Sandtray Therapy and other trauma based models. Carmen’s clinical practice is geared toward children and families. Carmen utilizes her specializations and skills to train and educate other clinicians to increase their clinical and play therapy tool boxes.

    Skill Level:  Intermediate

    Play Therapy Primary Areas of Instruction: Play Therapy Skills and Methods and Play Therapy Special Topics

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

    Workshop Schedule

    Registration: 8:30-9:00 a.m.

    Workshop Session: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

    Break: 10:30-10:45 a.m.

    Workshop Session: 10:45-12:15 p.m.

    Lunch (on your own): 12:15-1:15 p.m.

    Workshop Session: 1:15-2:45 p.m.

    Break: 2:45-3:00 p.m.

    Workshop Session: 3:00-4:30 p.m.

    End of the Workshop: 4:30 p.m.

    FOOD: Food and snacks are NOT provided at this workshop. You may bring your own food or go to a local restaurant during break.

    CANCELLATION POLICY:  All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than April 10, 2022. 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.   

    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. For the safety of others, masks are strongly recommended.

    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 someone at registration of your request to be omitted.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: This workshop for mental health professionals is sponsored by the Michigan Association for Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 99-050. CE credit is offered for play therapy. The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required.

    ADA: If you have special needs, please contact Sabrina Slagter at

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