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December 8, 2023

1pm-3pm EST




This 2023 workshop is ONLINE, LIVE, AND MEETS THE SPECIALIZED CONDITIONS SET FORTH BY APT.  All trainings are taught by Laura Hutchison, PsyD, LP, RPT-S 

(APT Approved Provider 15-407).

This workshop is appropriate for play therapists of all levels of training. It begins with an open discussion about burn out, giving the audience a chance to voice their experiences and current concerns. Common factors and overlapping themes will be written down to refer back to throughout the presentation, as well as to validate the prevalence of the feelings. The presentation will then briefly outline some of the key literature on effectiveness and discuss how therapists can utilize these resources. From there the presentation will review how the presenter's research on Effective Moments in Play Therapy was conducted and outline the findings. The presentation will also focus be on experientially applying the learnings from the research to help the participants develop individualized plans to increase their feelings of effectiveness. Exercises will include developing a plan of self-care, discussing the importance of working with others (such as the child's family, school, and also having supervision and peer support/networking), creating their own journal to record effective moments in play therapy, and more.


Learning Objectives

  • State the importance of self-awareness for play therapists.

  • Identify appropriate literature on play therapy effectiveness.

  • Identify strategies to enhance feelings of being an effective play therapist.

  • Define burnout and vicarious trauma.

  • Identify signs and symptoms of burnout.

  • Identify self-care strategies.

falls under APT's primary instruction area of  "Play Therapy Special Topics"


Continuing Education

Continuing education credit for these events is sponsored by Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy.  Full attendance is  required.  Continuing education verification is  mailed to participants following the training.   If you have questions regarding continuing education, learning objectives, agenda, grievance issues please contact Dr Hutchison at   

APT Approved Provider  15-407.



  • All cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. Participants will be given a credit towards a future training to be used within 2 years of the original training date (no cash refunds).​

  • No shows or missed trainings will receive no refund or credit.  You may send another attendee in your place.

  • No partial CE credit is available.

  • All trainings are subject to sufficient registration.

  • Should the Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy need to cancel a training we will make every attempt to notify paid registrants in a timely manner.  All paid registrants will receive a full refund.

  • Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy only assumes liability for the registration portion of any training.  All other costs are the responsibility of the registrant.

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