Alabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT) presents: Ethical Considerations: Testifying on Behalf of Children and Adolescents

Alabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT) presents:

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                     Ethical Considerations:

Testifying on Behalf of Children and Adolescents

Clayton Kim Taylor, District Judge

Margaret Taylor, PhD, LPC-S

Morgan F. Jenkins, PhD, NCC, LPC





When: Friday, April 5th, 2019

Where: Aldersgate United Methodist Church– Activity Center-

6610 Vaughn Rd, Montgomery, AL 36116


Counselor education curriculums address the importance of ethics and legal issues, but do not specifically attend to ethics in counselor testimony. The lack of education on legal proceedings leaves counselors unprepared to serve as a competent witness and incapable of representing the counseling profession adequately. Being poorly informed about aspects of the judicial system places counselors at risk for ethical violations, including violating confidentiality and not protecting the welfare of clients. During this workshop, the essential areas of knowledge and skills are described that play therapists specifically should know prior to being called to provide testimony in courts. Information on ethical documentation and other ethical concerns will be provided, court documents will be explained (including subpoenas and motions to quash), tips for providing testimony will be thoroughly discussed, and mock court testimony will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will:

1: Play therapists will learn ways to ethically document when involved in court proceedings. Play therapists will be provided with information on how to file Motions to Quash to protect documentation.

2: Play therapists will become knowledgeable about the various court documents. Play therapists will be provided examples of subpoenas and given information on how to proceed with subpoenas.

3: Play therapists will learn specific suggestions for testifying in court.
4: Play therapists will become knowledgeable of the different court systems.

5: Play therapists will view examples of different testimony experiences (fact vs expert witness, cross examination, depositions).


Morgan Jenkins is an LPC, has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and currently owns a private practice in Auburn, AL. She worked at a children’s advocacy center as a forensic interviewer and therapist, where she had years of experience testifying in court on behalf of her clients.

Margaret Taylor is Visiting Assistant Faculty at Auburn University and owner of The Well Counseling Center. Prior to opening a private practice Margaret worked as the Executive Director and forensic interviewer for the Tri-County Children’s Advocacy Center for 10 years. During this time Margaret testified in over 100 court hearings in various courts including District, Circuit, Juvenile courts, grand jury, custody hearings and Federal court. Margaret enjoys educating and training counselors to become competent and confident expert witnesses and has done so at State, Regional and National Conferences.

Clayton Kim Taylor is currently the District Judge for Tallapoosa County Alabama and has served in this position for 20 years. Judge Taylor presides over District, Criminal and Juvenile courts, while also being responsible for DHR custody hearings and termination of parental rights hearings. Prior to becoming a Judge, he served as a private attorney for various criminal cases. Judge Taylor enjoys preparing professionals to provide professional testimony in court and has presented at State, Regional and National conferences.


Registration/Coffee                            8:00-8:30 AM (CST)

Workshop Session                                8:30-11:30

Lunch (on your own)                           11:30-1:00

Workshop Session                              1:00-4:00 PM


LUNCH WILL BE ON YOUR OWN– a listing of local restaurants will be provided with workshop materials


Continuing Education Credit:NBCC Logo for ACEP

Six Contact Hours will be awarded for a full day of attendance.

No partial credit will be awarded.

ACEP #6211

NO APT CE Provided                                                                                  

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 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) automatically approves courses that are NBCC approved for CE credit.

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.

Spaces are not guaranteed until your registration is processed.


Mail In / Online (March 29th)                                On-Site

Non-Member                     $90                                   $100

AAPT/APT Member          $70                                   $80

Full time Students            $50                                   $60

Mail in registration must be postmarked by March 29, 2019.

For mail in registration, complete the mail in registration form:


Mail in registration form:


Name: ______________________________________________________________


Address: ______________________________________________________________


City/State/Zip: _________________________________________________________






License(s) Type:______________________________________


Amount enclosed $_____________.


Detach the previous page and mail this form with a check payable to:

Alabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT)


AAPT Registration & CE Coordinator

210 Bowling Green Drive

Montgomery, Al 36109


Scholarships will be offered to full-time students who can be available Friday morning before and during the conference. Interested applicants may access the volunteer application on our website. Any questions concerning this opportunity, contact:  Angie Martin at

Special Needs:

Please contact Katie McKeen at 334-303-1468, Registration & CE Coordinator


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 April 3rd, 2019. 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.

For REGISTRATION questions contact:    CE and Registration Coordinators at       

For QUESTIONS about this workshop contact:  Regional Workshop Coordinator Kyle Flaherty at

Membership Information: Membership applications are available online or from membership chairman Stephanie Bales,


To register online, go to the workshop area of the website and sign up to receive emails from AAPT so you can stay up-to-date with all news and announcements from AAPT!

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