Regional Workshop – Friday, April 15th, 2022

Assisting Clients in Rewriting Narratives through Art, Bibliotherapy, and Other Play Therapy Based Directives

Mindi Amberson, LPC-S, EdS, NCC, RPT-S, School Counselor

Live In-Person Workshop

Friday, April 15, 2022

Oxford Civic Center

401 McCullars Ln, Oxford, AL 36203

6 Contact hours (including 2 ethics hours)


Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to effectively identify and describe narrative therapy, list its background history, and understand how it can be utilized with play therapy. 
  2. Participants will be able to discuss, explain, and utilize play therapy techniques to assist clients in rewriting narratives through art, bibliotherapy, and other directives.
  3. Participants will be able to explain and demonstrate techniques of ethically sound holistic counseling through use of narrative therapy in a play therapy setting.
  4. Participants will effectively utilize skills in recognition of application in their individual setting and practice incorporating playful narrative interventions.
  5. Participants will be able to describe and demonstrate techniques of art play therapy directives for use in narrative counseling.


Mindi​ ​Amberson​, LPC-S, EdS, NCC, RPT-S, is a Licensed​ ​Professional​ ​Counselor Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Mindi earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Jacksonville State University. She earned her Master’s Degree and Ed. S. in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University. She also maintains her school counselor certification, Relaxation Based Pain Management Certification, and National Counselor Certification. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Baylor University, focusing on organizational change and leadership in Education. She is currently working on her dissertation titled: A Case Study: Elementary Teacher’s Perceptions of Play Based Learning and Its Impact on Students’ Physical, Social, Cognitive, and Emotional Development. 

She owns and directs Orchard Road Counseling and Consulting, where she provides therapy, supervision, and consulting services. While a diverse background in social work and counseling may not seem like a perfect fit for a school counselor position, it has made the transition a beautiful experience for her. She believes in the power of community partnerships, and has used her professional experience in play therapy as means to meet both individual and small group needs in a school setting. Mindi is in her eighth year as the school counselor at Wellborn Elementary and has over 17 years of social work and counseling experience. Mindi was awarded the Alabama School Counselor of the Year Award for 2017, as well as Teacher Hall of Fame for JSU 2016-2017 school year. She enjoys speaking to counselors and educators on several topics, in particular on ways to incorporate play with all ages.

Mindi is married to Justin Amberson and they have four children. Self-care is always a must for counselors and she enjoys this time by being a bookworm, a google nerd, and finding any way to enjoy nature. She also coaches the girls’ Varisty Basketball team at Wellborn High School, and ends up most nights (no matter the sports season) cheering on the Wellborn Panthers! 


Workshop Session I8:30-10:00
Workshop Session II10:15-12:00
Lunch Break (on your own)12:00-1:00
Workshop Session III1:00-2:30
Workshop Session IV2:45-4:00
All Times are CST

Continuing Education Credit

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 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. 

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. 

Registration Fees:

AAPT/APT Member$70$80
Non-Member Online$90$100
Full-Time Student$50$60

Space is not Guaranteed Until Your Registration is Processed.

** ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS Friday, April 8th, 2022 2 11:59 PM CST*

Group Discount:

A discount of $10.00 per registrant for groups of  or more registering together. When registering a group online, please register all group members at one time using the add additional attendee link that appears at the end of the registration. Check or money order only if registering by mail. Credit Cards accepted if registering online. No purchase orders accepted.

Special Needs:

Please contact CE & Registration at, Registration & CE Coordinator


Registrants canceling up to 48 hours before a workshop will receive a tuition refund less a $20 administrative fee (per day). All requests must be made in writing or by email. No refunds will be issued for any reason after April 13, 2022.  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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