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    • 05/14/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Play Therapy with Adoptive Families

    presented by Marshall Lyles, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

    This virtual session will overview some commonly occurring needs of adoptive families presenting for play therapy services. The content will show how play therapists can take steps outside of client contact to increase sensitivity to possible dynamics related to adoptive families’ journeys, including deeper awareness of attachment complexities. Also, some adaptations to common play therapy skills will be discussed so that services can be accommodated to remain relevant to the shifting themes that occur throughout the treatment plan.

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

    1. Discuss common presenting needs for adoptive families seeking play therapy
    2. Discuss modifications to common play therapy skills to adjust for potential attachment-related presentations
    3. Apply attachment theory constructs to common play therapy clinical theoretical approaches

    Session limited to 40 participants. | 3 APT CE | Intermediate Level

    Please note that CEs are not for anything other than APT hours. 


    ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S has 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of mental health settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, and attachment-informed family work around the globe. In addition to maintaining a small clinical practice, Marshall also conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals who are pursuing EMDR certification and RPT status, often with a particular focus on the use of sandtray therapy. Marshall has published in professional journals and magazines in addition to contributing to the books Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment and EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach.

    VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded APT 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.

    MIAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 99-050. MIAPT maintains responsibility for the program.

    PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for this training, 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 MIAPT 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 $15 administrative fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. No refunds after May1, 2021.

    EMAIL LIST: By registering for this training, you are giving MIAPT permission to add your email to our email list.

    ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact mymiapt@gmail.com.

    Skill Level: All skill levels

    • 06/25/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Addressing Grief and Loss in the Play Room

    presented by Jenn Pereira, PhD, LPC, LMHC-S, CPT-S, RPT-S

    This training is designed to assist therapists in using play therapy-based techniques to support clients and families who are dealing with grief and loss issues.  Primary and secondary grief and loss issues are seen frequently during play therapy sessions, therefore it behooves therapists to: have a solid understanding of the symptoms and effects of grief, how our child clients understand grief and loss, and the ways in which play therapy can support coping skills.  We will also work to dispel the myths commonly encountered when dealing with grief and loss in child clients.

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

      1. Discuss the play therapy themes of children dealing with grief and loss (Primary and Secondary)
      2. Identify 1-2 play therapy techniques to manage elements of grief and loss seen in the play therapy room
      3. Identify ways in which play therapy and play therapists can support the family system with learning how to cope with grief
      4. Discuss application of play therapy techniques to different aspects of grief and loss that arise in the play room

      Session limited to 40 participants. | 2 APT Contact CE 

      Please note that CEs are not for anything other than APT hours. 


      ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Jenn Pereira, PhD, LPC, LMHC-S, CPT-S, RPT-S is an Associate Clinical Professor with ASU's Counseling and Counseling Psychology Unit. Her special areas of focus are Child-Centered Play Therapy, working with children and families, and trauma work. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, with school, private practice, and agency background, and has worked in the field for 20 years. Jenn has been a supervisor for both state licensure interns and play therapy credentialing interns for many years, and is also passionate about providing training to students and professionals in the areas of trauma, grief work, play and sand therapy, and working with the culture of children. Jenn consults and presents on these topics locally and nationally and loves introducing people to the power of play!

      VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded APT 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 2 CONTACT CE Hours.

      MIAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 99-050. MIAPT maintains responsibility for the program.

      PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for this training, 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 MIAPT 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 $15 administrative fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. No refunds after June 1, 2021.

      EMAIL LIST: By registering for this training, you are giving MIAPT permission to add your email to our email list.

      ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact mymiapt@gmail.com.

      Skill Level: All skill levels

      • 09/17/2021
      • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual
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      Paws in the Playroom: Animal Assisted Play Therapy

      presented by Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, Animal Assisted Play Therapist-Supervisor-Instructor


      Have you ever considered including animals in therapy? Are you not sure if it is a good fit for your practice or clients or animal? Some of the benefits of animal assisted play therapy include the release of calming hormones in both child and animal, trust building, emotional self-regulation, and positive attachment. While the integration of animals into play therapy provides significant therapeutic benefits, it has the equal potential to cause harm if the play therapist is not properly trained. This workshop will provide an introduction to practicing Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT). AAPT requires a complex set of skills, such as knowing how to:

      • Properly select and prepare your animal for therapy
      • Determine if your animal and client are the right fit for each other
      • Align client’s therapy goals to the appropriate AAPT interventions
      • Detect signs of stress and resignation in animal’s body language.  

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

          1. Identify and explain the differences between Animal Assisted Play Therapy and other types of animal assisted therapies, specifically including the animal’s role related to each approach.

          2. Identify three competencies related to impacting the human-animal bond in preparation to work with animals in Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) sessions.

          3. Describe ways to meet client’s therapeutic goals by including animals in play therapy-based practices through Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) sessions.

          4. Analyze directive and nondirective play therapy–based approaches between client and animal.

          Session limited to 40 participants. | 2 APT Contact CE - Humanistic/Attachment

          Please note that CEs are only for APT hours. 

          Level of training: Beginner 


          ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist-Supervisor-Instructor is the owner of Delta Family Counseling and Founder of Pawsitive Kids Camp. She and her husband are the authors of Bode the Beach Dog: Life is RUFF! based on one of Tara's first AAPT dogs, Bode, and the amazing experiences he provided children. Tara has been honored as Social Worker of the Year and Social Work Educator of the Year awards (Florida National Association of Social Workers), the APT Service Award, and the Viola Brady Play Therapist of the Year (Florida Association for Play Therapy). She is also a recipient of the IIAPT Kirrie Award for her contributions to AAPT.  

          VIRTUAL: This will be a virtual meeting. Participants will be awarded APT 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 2 CONTACT CE Hours.

          MIAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 99-050. MIAPT maintains responsibility for the program.

          PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for this training, 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 MIAPT 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 $15 administrative fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. No refunds after September 1, 2021.

          EMAIL LIST: By registering for this training, you are giving MIAPT permission to add your email to our email list.

          ADA/Section 504: If you have special needs, please contact mymiapt@gmail.com.

          Skill Level: All skill levels

        Past events

        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
        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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