It appears that spring has actually arrived in Michigan! My lilacs have just finished blooming and the seeds I planted in the garden have begun to push their tiny stems through the ground. I must now provide the care that will nurture them and help them to grow. They’ll need water, nutrients, mulch, weeding, and possibly some removal of destructive pests. I have work to do (but it’s fun work to me!)
As we on the Board look toward the future, we have responsibilities to the membership of MIAPT and work to do here as well. Our Strategic Plan includes new ideas for ways to grow and nurture both the organization and the play therapists who sprout from the seeds we plant. I invite each of you, as members, to share your vision and ideas for the organization with those of us on the Board. The easiest way to reach us is by email and I invite you to reach out. I would very much like to hear from YOU if you have idea seeds or are interested in getting more involved in the care and nurturing of the organization. We will grow and develop faster and healthier with more of us working together to nourish the organization and the individual play therapists who comprise it.
Summer is quickly approaching. My hope is that each of us will have the opportunity at this time of year to take stock of our own schedules. This is a good time of year to weed out the things that cause us to grow unnecessarily weary. It is a good time to fertilize those parts of our lives that enrich us and cause us to grow. It is a good time to prepare for a full harvest of wisdom, knowledge, and productivity to reach out and help the clients with whom we work and help them learn to best care for their own life gardens.
I know of a few people who have already made plans to go to the APT International Conference in St. Louis this October. It's an amazing experience and an opportunity to learn a lot in a short period of time. If you're interested in going, I encourage you to register ASAP as classes fill quickly. We Michiganians who attend will have a chance to get to know one another better and have some fun in the process!
Once again, if you need me, I’ll be in the garden!
Diana Steketee, LLP, Registered Play Therapist™
President, MIAPT 2022