Rosie the Service Dog in Birmingham Alabama

Creative and Hopeful Play Therapy

Techniques for Child Trauma

Online (Early Bird) Registration is closed.

Remember, you can still register as follows:

  • Onsite at the workshop location in Birmingham, Alabama (see below for location details)
  • On the morning of the workshop between 8am – 8:30am, Friday, June 3, 2016
  • At the regular, non-discounted rate

Please arrive early, see you there!

Creative and Hopeful Play Therapy Techniques - Training in Alabama
Rosie and Dr. Crenshaw

AAPT is sponsoring a Workshop by David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S on June 3, 2016 titled, “Creative and Hopeful Play Therapy Techniques for Child Trauma”.

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Page Index

About the Workshop

Learning Objectives

About The Presenter

Registration Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Volunteer Opportunities & Scholarships

Map, Parking, Lunch & Special Needs

Cancellation Policy & Refunds

Continuing Education & AAPT Membership


Workshop Title

Creative and Hopeful Play Therapy Techniques for Child Trauma


David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S (see About the Presenter)

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Friday, June 3, 2016


Samford University
Cooney Hall
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

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About The Workshop

Some play therapy theoretical approaches such as Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) and Jungian Analytical Play Therapy (JAPT) honor and respect the innate healing potential of a child and are inherently hopeful in the treatment of child trauma even though the approaches differ greatly in methods.

In addition, there are interventions and specific techniques that are Transtheoretical that can be integrated into a wide range of theoretical models that focus on the strengths and resilience of children and families, including spiritual resources that will be featured in this day-long workshop.

The presenter places primary emphasis on the common variables in play therapy, our way of being with a child in an unguarded, receptive, non-judgmental, accepting, and fully present manner.

But in addition to our way of being and therapeutic presence that are the primary healing factors, specific strategies will be shared in this workshop to facilitate resilience in play therapy, to enhance hope, spiritual, and creative potentials.

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Workshop Agenda

  • 8am – 8:30am ~ Registration/Coffee
  • 8:30am – 11:30am ~ Workshop Session
  • 11:30am – 1pm ~ Lunch (provided)
  • 12:30pm – 1pm ~ Business Meeting (all encouraged to attend)
  • 1pm – 4:30pm ~ Workshop Session

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Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the common factors that contribute to healing in play therapy with trauma
  2. Define and list the contributing therapist factors to therapeutic presence in play therapy
  3. Describe at least 4 specific interventions to enhance resilience in play therapy
  4. Describe at least 3 specific interventions to create safety in play therapy with child trauma
  5. Describe at least 3 specific interventions to assist children in play therapy to create trauma narratives
  6. Describe how animal-assisted play therapy can expedite the play therapy process with child trauma

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About The Presenter

David Crenshaw - Registered Play TherapistDavid A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, is Clinical Director of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in the graduate program of Clinical Psychology where he teaches play therapy.

He is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology, Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), and Fellow of APA’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is also a Registered-Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) by the Association for Play Therapy.

Dr. Crenshaw conducted a busy and successful private practice in Rhinebeck, NY for 36 years before retiring from practice in 2013 to focus on his work with the child welfare population and his writing.

He was on the editorial board of the International Journal of Play Therapy from 2008-2014. Dr. Crenshaw is a Past President of the New York Association for Play Therapy, and the Hudson Valley Psychological Association, which honored him in 2009 with an Excellence in Psychology Award and its first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

He has written or edited 12 books on child aggression, trauma, grief, resilience, and over 50 book chapters and journal articles. His latest book is Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience co-edited with Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein and published by Guilford.

Another book co-written with Dr. Eliana Gil called Termination Challenges in Child Psychotherapy was released by Guilford in October, 2015.

He is well known for his contributions to the movement to enable Courthouse Dogs to accompany vulnerable child witnesses when testifying in court leading to a landmark case in 2011 where Rosie, a service trained Golden Retriever, became the first dog in NYS Court history to accompany a child witness in a criminal court trial. Read story and watch video – ABC News

Dr. Crenshaw is on the Professional Advisory Board of the Courthouse Dogs Foundation in Seattle, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASADA). In 2013, he was given the CASADA award for his efforts and advocacy to combat sexual abuse and domestic violence in the community.

In 2015, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum honored Dr. Crenshaw with its “Great Friend to Kids” Award.

In 2013-2014, he was instrumental in advocating with Senator Terry Gipson for the passage of Rosie’s Law in the NYS Legislature.

Dr. Crenshaw is a founding member of the Dutchess County Task Force against Human Trafficking and serves on the Training Committee for the Task Force.

Visit Rhinebeck Child and Family Center for more information about his work.

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  • Seating is limited so register early.
  • Spaces are not guaranteed until your registration is processed.
  • Save $$ with Early Bird registration (via Online or Postal Mail registration).

Payment Options

  • Registration is available Online, via Postal Mail and On-site
  • Online Registration Payments are processed via PayPal. Click here to register.
    • Please note: This is a secure process and does NOT require a PayPal account.
  • For registration by Postal Mail: download, fill out, and send registration form and payment to the address provided on form. Click here to download mail-in Registration Form >>
    • Check or money order only if registering by Postal Mail.
    • Purchase Orders are not accepted.


  • May 27, 2016 ~ Postal Mail registration must be postmarked by this date.
  • May 30, 2016 (end of day, midnight) ~ Online Registration will be closed.
  • June 3, 2016 ~ On-site Registration, participants can register at workshop location on the morning of.

Workshop Fees

Early Bird registration discount of $20 is applied to Online Registrations and Postal Mail registrations postmarked as specified (see Deadlines above).

  • AAPT/APT Member
    • $120 ~ Early Bird Registration
    • $140 ~ On-site Registration
  • Non-Member
    • $150 ~ Early Bird Registration
    • $170 ~ On-site Registration
  • Full-time Students
    • $95 ~ Early Bird Registration
    • $115 ~ On-site Registration

Group Discount

  • $10.00 discount, per registrant, for groups of 3 or more.
  • Please specify if registering as a group and identify group members and affiliation.
  • Group discount is available by Postal Mail or Online.

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Volunteer Opportunities / Scholarships

Scholarships will be offered to full-time students who can be available Thursday evening and Friday prior to and during the conference.

Interested applicants may access the volunteer application on our website. For questions concerning this opportunity, contact Kathryn Blackwell:


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Additional Notes


Workshop participants can park in the visitor spaces and parking deck (#38) near Cooney Hall at Samford University. Watch for the AAPT signs to guide you to parking and the entrance into the workshop.


Box lunches will be provided.

Special Needs

For special needs, contact Maura Pratt (Registration and CE Coordinator):

  • (334) 868-8290

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Map & Driving Directions

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Cancellation Policy & Refunds

Registrants canceling up to 48 hours before a workshop will receive a tuition refund less a $20 administrative fee, or if requested, a voucher good for one year for a future workshop.

All requests must be made in writing or by email. No refunds issued for any reason after date of workshop.

In the unlikely event the workshop cannot be held, registrants will receive complimentary admission to a rescheduled workshop or a full value voucher, good for one year, for a future workshop.

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Continuing Education

Six (6) Contact Hours will be provided for a full day of attendance.  No certificate of attendance will be given before the workshop is completed. No partial credit will be awarded.


NBCC Logo for ACEPAlabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6211. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Alabama Association for Play Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Play Therapists

AAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider No. 98-045.

Marriage and Family Therapists

The Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy (ABEMFT) automatically approves courses that are NBCC approved for CE credit.

Social Workers

The Alabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT) is recognized by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners (ABSWE) to offer continuing education for social workers. ASBSWE Provider No. 0284.

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If you are interested in membership, please send a separate check made out to APT, along with your completed membership application, for dual membership in:

  1. APT (Association for Play Therapy Association, Inc.), and
  2. AAPT (Alabama Association for Play Therapy)

Membership applications and instructions are available online or from membership chairperson Stephanie Bales:


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For GENERAL INQUIRIES about this workshop, contact Celeste Neil:

  • (205) 541-5563

or Lisa Elliott:

  • (334)270-4100

For REGISTRATION QUESTIONS, contact Maura Pratt:

  • (334) 868-8290

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