AAPT offers several Play Therapy Training opportunities throughout the year.
Friday, May 7th, 2021 10:00-11:30 AM CST (Virtual Workshop)
Using Virtual Sandtray®© in Play Therapy
Jessica Stone, PhD, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
The Virtual Sandtray App (VSA) harnesses the power of sand therapies and formats it into a cleanable, portable, saveable, digital medium. This powerful tool enhances physical play spaces for those who are unable or unwilling to access a traditional tray. This is a fantastic tool for offices, agencies, schools, hospitals, crisis environments, telehealth, and more. This course is for the play therapist who would like to explore the use of the Virtual Sandtray App in sessions. Basic use information will be the focus through live demonstration of the program use, along with descriptions of use within in-person, face to face sessions and telehealth.
Friday, June 18, 2021 (Friday Section is full) & Saturday, June 19, 2021 (Saturday Section is full) Virtual Summer Conference
A Neurosequential Therapeutic Approach to Play and Play Therapy for Children with Trauma.
Dr. Rick Gaskill, LCPC, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
Over the past two decades, research has clearly documented the vulnerability of the developing brain and the negative impact of social and emotional trauma on brain functioning. It is now apparent that traumatic and neglectful developmental experiences negatively impact normal brain growth in all areas of the brain depending on the nature of the maltreatment, developmental stage of the child, and the quality of the nurturing environment. Science now informs us that these factors cause disorganization in specific areas of the brain and that traditional play therapy interventions may not be equally effective in each region. While play therapy embodies many neurobiological principles, a “one size fits all” therapeutic approach will be less effective than treatments designed for specific affected brain regions. As play therapists learn fundamental concepts regarding brain development, brain organization, and the impact of trauma, we become better able to identify effective play therapy treatment options. Join us for a workshop with Rick Gaskill as we learn more about the Implication for Neurobiological Sciences for Play Therapy.
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