Happy Fall, Y’all!
Fall can be a pretty challenging time for us therapists that work with kids! Getting them transitioned back to school, changes in schedules - especially in light of the pandemic. I hope you are all finding your new rhythms to care not only for your clients … but also yourselves!
I’ve found that the expansion of APT allowing for live, virtual trainings to be counted as contact hours during the pandemic has awarded me amazing experience to attend more trainings these months than I have in the past decade! Without the time or expense of travel I’ve been able to participate in workshops that I’ve wanted to for years. It’s helped me grow as a therapist and supervisor, as well as the opportunity to connect with play therapists throughout the world. I have gained so many connections and learned so much. In addition, as a branch president, I have seen the impact of being able to provide live, virtual trainings not only our members, but members and non-members from other states who are interested in play therapy. It has also been a way for our branch to gain revenue, which in turn will be paid back to members through the events and support we can offer. If you have similar thoughts and feelings I strongly encourage you to send an email or letter SOON to APT to extend the ability for us to attend live, virtual trainings as contact hours past the end of 2021.
This is YOUR branch - we want to hear your voices and ideas! We’d also LOVE to increase our reach on social media - so make sure to follow and comment regularly. (In case you didn't know - followers, likes, & comments shows those algorithm robots that our posts need to be shown far and wide too!) Follow us on Facebook at Michigan Association for Play Therapy and on Instagram at Michigan Play.
For those of you attending the APT National Conference in Little Rock - be on the look out for information on a MIAPT branch dinner that week. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Laura Hutchison, PsyD, LP, RPT-S
President, MIAPT 2021