Alabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT) presents: Family Play Therapy to Strengthen Family Attachments Eliana Gil, PhD, ATR, Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor

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 Family Play Therapy to Strengthen Family Attachments

Eliana Gil, Ph.D., ATR, Registered Play Therapy- Supervisor

WHEN: 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM CST Friday, June 15, 2018

WHERE: St. Vincent’s Bruno Conference Center- 810 St. Vincent’s Dr., Birmingham, AL 35205


This workshop will illustrate how an integrated approach which values play therapy and a systemic context, creates ample opportunities for the establishment or strengthening of attachment.  Attachment-based programs, by definition, must include dyadic work and must invite family members to connect emotionally in novel ways that elicit renewed interest and energy.  So often, families who seek counseling have feelings of depression, sadness, frustration, and pain.  Family play therapists are in the unique position to introduce and model connectivity.  In this workshop, the presenter will illustrate how playfulness, physical movement, and doing the unexpected can engage and motivate family members to see each other with new lenses.  A variety of evidence-based and practice-informed dyadic models will be discussed and participants will have opportunities for experiential learning.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. List two attachment-based programs that prioritize attachment opportunities for play therapists
  2. List two benefits of attachment-based play therapy programs for children
  3. Define attachment and list two ways that play therapy promotes attachment
  4. List two parent-child activities that utilize play therapy principles
  5. List two art and play therapy activities that elicit family cohesion thus increasing attachment
  6. Define an integrated play therapy program that views attachment as central


Dr. Eliana Gil is a Founding Partner of Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education, LLC, a group private practice in Fairfax, Va, where she currently works as a Senior Clinical and Research Consultant. She is an Approved MFT Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor and a Registered Art Therapist. She is also a Circle of Security Certified Parent Educator, a Level II Theraplay provider, and participated and completed a two- year Individual Certification process with Dr. Bruce Perry. Dr. Gil is also Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy where she and Gil Institute colleagues provide specialized trainings on an array of topics involving trauma, attachment, and treatment options, with an integration of expressive therapies (art, sand, play). In the last two decades, Eliana has directed two child sexual abuse treatment programs in Northern Virginia and continues her work in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her doctorate in family therapy from the California Graduate School of Family Psychology in San Rafael, California. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse. She is also a former President of the Association for Play Therapy and received APT’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Dr. Gil has written numerous chapters, journal articles, and books on child abuse and related topics and has participated in educational videotapes that feature her work through Guilford Press, as well as a self-published DVD on Family Play Therapy.



Workshop Session…………………………8:30-12:00

Lunch (PROVIDED)…………………………12:00-1:00

Business Meeting (all encouraged to attend)…12:45-1:00

Workshop Session…………………………1:00-4:00


The conference will be held at St. Vincent’s Bruno Conference Center- 810 St. Vincent’s Dr., Birmingham, Al 25205. For more detailed directions go to

St. Vincents Parking


Workshop participants can park in the North Tower Parking Deck.

Parking coupons will be sold at the registration table on the day of for $6.50 or the fee will be $7.50 at the parking attendant upon departure.


LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED from 12:00-12:45 PM


Everyone is welcome to attend our bi-annual business meeting from 12:45- 1:00.


Six Contact Hours will be awarded for a full day of attendance. No partial credit will be awarded.

  • Counselors: Alabama 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.
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: The Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy (ABEMFT) approves courses that are NBCC approved for CE credit.
  • 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.
  • Social Workers: AAPT is approved by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners (ASBSWE) to offer continuing education to social workers. ASBSWE Provider No. 0284.


REGISTER EARLY – SEATING IS LIMITED!  Spaces are not guaranteed until your registration is processed.

Online / Mail-In Postmarked by June 8th June 15th On-site
Non-Member $160 $180
AAPT/APT Member $130 $150
Full-time Students $105 $125

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A discount of $10.00 per registrant for groups of 3 or more registering together. Please specify if registering as a group and identify group members and affiliation.  Check or money order only if registering by mail. Credit Cards accepted if registering online. No Purchase orders accepted.


If you are interested in membership, please send a separate check made out to APT for dual membership in APT (Association for Play Therapy Association) and AAPT (Alabama Association for Play Therapy) along with your completed membership application. Membership applications are available online or from membership chairman Stephanie Bales,


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 June 14, 2018. 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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