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    • 11/10/2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bethany Christian Services, 901 Eastern Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    West Regional Workshop 2023

    Inside the Poly Lab/Body Lab: Whole Body Playful Learning, The Polyvagal, Neuroscience Way

    Presenter: Dora Henderson, LMHC, CST, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

    Kids can get stretched to the max with their feelings and need a fun way to learn about their bodies, the senses, and regulating their nervous system.  By treating the lower brain with embodiment play, including sensory play, movement & rhythm, we can help our bodies recover and reorganize our nervous systems, to bring us back to supporting safety, thus help children learn to regulate from the BIG emotions and get back to learning.

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

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the components of polyvagal theory as they relate to play therapy and the therapeutic powers of play and “felt sense.”
    2. Describe the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the play therapy process as it applies to play therapy and complex trauma.
    3. Identify 3 key aspects of the neuroception of safety and their importance in play therapy applications when working with children who have experienced trauma
    4. Articulate the “Ceptions” and demonstrate how play therapy can be utilized to teach and explore the nervous system of students and clients.
    5. Apply 10 or more play therapy techniques to assist children in regulation, stress reduction, and social interactions.
    6. Compare and contrast a bottom-up, top-down, and Autonomic Nervous System approach to play therapy.

      BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dora Henderson is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor™ (RPT-S™) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Qualified Supervisor (LMHC-QS), specializing in integrating the power of play with EMDR and the integration of neuroscience with play therapy. She is also a TraumaPlay® Supervisor and an EMDR Consultant-in-Training, and the co-host of the Neuroscience of Play Therapy Summit at the Beach. Dora is passionate about helping individuals of all ages heal from traumatic experiences and move towards a happier, healthier life. She has training and certifications in various areas, including Sand Tray Therapy, TraumaPlay TM ,Theraplay®, MAP, and the Safe & Sount Protocol. Dora is also the creator of beautiful puppets and books, including Neuro & The Ception Force Friends,  Polly Vagale & The Ception Force Friends, The Vagus Nerve Super Highway ™ series, and The Adventures of Sandi & Clammy series. Her trainings, consultations and supervision, and professional work integrates play, puppetry, and neuroscience are easy-to-use and family-friendly ways.

      Skill Level:  Foundational

      Play Therapy Primary Areas of Instruction: Play Therapy Special Topics

      Please note that CEs are only for APT hours.

      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 October 10, 2023. 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 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

    Past events

    09/15/2023 Grief and Attachment through a Gestalt Play Therapy Lens
    05/12/2023 Partnering with Parents in the Play Therapy Process with the Brain in Mind
    02/24/2023 Annual State Conference 2023
    01/20/2023 Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy: It’s More than Worksheets!
    12/02/2022 Using Pop Culture, LEGO, and Video Games in Play Therapy
    08/26/2022 History and Theory of Play Therapy
    06/03/2022 Bringing Nature into Play Therapy Supervision: Revitalize Your Self, Play, and Practice!
    05/06/2022 West Regional Workshop 2022
    04/22/2022 The Culture of Technology in Play Therapy
    03/25/2022 The Importance of Getting the Whole Picture in Play Therapy
    03/18/2022 Utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy to Advocate and Support Transgender and Gender Expansive Children and Adolescents
    02/25/2022 Annual State Conference 2022
    01/28/2022 Play Therapy with the Sexually Acting Out Child
    12/03/2021 Adlerian Play Therapy through a Neurobiology Lens
    11/12/2021 Co-Regulation in Play Therapy: Harnessing the Power of Relational Neuroscience to Improve Your Practice
    10/22/2021 Play Therapy Supervision Training
    09/17/2021 Paws in the Playroom: Animal Assisted Play Therapy
    08/20/2021 Nuts and Bolts of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
    06/25/2021 Addressing Grief and Loss in the Play Room
    05/14/2021 Play Therapy with Adoptive Families
    04/30/2021 Why You Playin’- Using Play to Empower and Build Self Esteem with Girls
    03/19/2021 History and Theory of Play Therapy
    02/20/2021 Playful Supervision: Play Therapy Supervision
    02/20/2021 Use of Play Therapy and Creative Therapies to Help with Anxiety
    02/19/2021 Using Polyvagal Theory in Play Therapy
    02/19/2021 Play Therapy & Traumatized Children: Finding the Eye in the Hurricane
    02/18/2021 Play Therapy with the Sexually Acting Out Child
    02/18/2021 Anxiety, Pinterest, and Play Therapy
    02/18/2021 Identifying & Utilizing the Therapeutic Powers of Play in Play Therapy
    02/17/2021 Using Play Therapy with Trans and Non-Binary Clients
    02/17/2021 Using Play Therapy to Prepare Child Witnesses for Court
    02/17/2021 Movies and Music and Play Therapy, Oh My!
    02/17/2021 Sponsor Opportunities - Annual (Virtual) State Conference 2021
    02/17/2021 Continuing Education for 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
    11/13/2020 Virtual Workshop: Play Therapy Basics using Neuroscience to Shift Clinician and Parental Paradigms of Behavior: A Hands-On Approach
    05/01/2020 East Regional Workshop: Experiential Trauma-Informed Play Therapy: Theory, Evidence, Assessment, and Treatment
    02/28/2020 Friday Night Supervision - Annual State Conference 2020
    02/28/2020 Annual State Conference 2020
    02/28/2020 Sponsor Opportunities - Annual State Conference 2020
    02/28/2020 Vendor/Exhibitor Opportunities - Annual State Conference 2020
    11/08/2019 West Regional Workshop 2019
    04/26/2019 East Regional Workshop: Using Lego® in Play Therapy
    02/15/2019 Friday Night Supervision - Annual State Conference 2019
    02/15/2019 2019 Annual State Conference
    11/09/2018 West Regional Workshop
    05/18/2018 East Regional Workshop: Top 12 Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Teens & Tweens
    02/16/2018 22nd Annual MIAPT Play Therapy Conference

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