SUMMER CAMP TRAINING INTENSIVE 2020

August 17th-22nd

 

If you're looking to get a bunch of play therapy training all at one time, consider attending the Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy Summer Camp Training Intensive.  The cost is $1000 for the entire week of training (45 contact hours of play therapy training), or sign up for each individual workshop "a la carte".  Two hour workshops cost $50, three hour workshops cost $75, and 6 hour workshops are $150.

Daily Workshop Agenda
MONDAY, AUGUST 17

The Importance of Play &

Foundations of Play Therapy

10am - 12pm

(2 contact hours)

This introductory level presentation will define play and discuss the importance of play on child development, social skills, and emotional regulation.  From there it will outline what play therapy is and how to become a play therapist.  In addition, it will cover the history of play therapy, including Axline's Principles of Play Therapy.     

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. List at least 10 definining qualities of play.

  2. Describe the importance of play on child development, social skills, and emotional regulation; and how these are essential pieces in play therapy.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to explain play therapy to others.

  4. Identify the key people and theories in the history of play therapy.

 
Play Therapy Sample Platter:
Overview of Play Therapy Models

1pm - 4pm

(3 CONTACT HOURS)

This introductory level presentation overviews various different theoretical models of play therapy; such as child-centered play therapy, release/structured play therapy, Adlerian play therapy, and more.  Each theoretical model is reviewed and discussed.  

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Recognize at least 3 theoretical models of play therapy.

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of different play therapy models.

  • Identify key therapist/researcher behind the theoretical models.

The Play Experience: Hands-On Intro to Play Therapy

5pm-7pm

(2 CONTACT HOURS)

This hands-on workshop is for play therapists of all ages. It is an experiential to understand the magic of play therapy first-hand.  Through engaging in play with others attendees will gain understand of their own feelings and beliefs about play.  During a process discussion at the end attendees will examine how the play experience brought up thoughts and emotions from their own childhood and how that may impact them when utilizing play therapy.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Experience full engagement in play as it pertains to play therapy.

  • Identify what hinders your own play and how that will impact you as a therapist conducting play therapy.

  • Identify what facilitates your own play and how that will impact you as a therapist conducting play therapy.

  • Increased awareness of your own thoughts and feelings, from the past and present, that surface through play and how that will impact you as a therapist conducting play therapy.

  • Understand how play connects with your personality, temperament, thoughts. feelings and perceptions about yourself, and your style of engaging others as it pertains to play therapy.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18

Child Centered Play Therapy 101

9am-4pm

(6 CONTACT HOURS)

This presentation is for beginning play therapists.  It will begin by looking at the importance of how the therapist views children and discuss how the therapeutic relationship is central to Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT).  The presentation will overview what materials/toys are needed in a CCPT room and how to set up a play room, as well as places you can obtain the items.  From there it will focus on learning the essential CCPT skills of structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play, limit setting, and faith & respect.  The workshop will include lecture, discussion, video demonstration, live demonstration, and role-play.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Define Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT).

2. Understand of views about children and the therapeutic relationship impact therapy.

3.  Identify what types of toys are needed in a CCPT room.

4.  Learn and demonstrate the 5 essential CCPT skills (structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play, limit setting, and faith & respect).

Greatest Mistakes in Play Therapy

5pm-7pm

(2 CONTACT HOURS)

This introductory level presentation will cover common mistakes play therapists make while conducting play therapy. It will review literature on being an imperfect therapist and discuss ways to avoid major pitfalls.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Recognize at least 3 common mistakes made in play therapy.

  • Identify ways to avoid making common mistakes in play therapy.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19

PLAY FOR THE FAMILY: USING PLAY THERAPY WITH FAMILIES

9am-4pm

(6 CONTACT HOURS)

This presentation is for introductory level play therapists.  It will discuss the importance of introducing play therapy to a family as a method of treatment for their child and also cover ways to assess families. Next, the presentation will overview Filial and Theraplay play therapy models.  The presentation will also cover what to do in the periodic meetings with parents throughout the process of play therapy – such as translating play themes, targeting problem behaviors, and the extremely essential skill of teaching parenting skills. It will review several different techniques that could be used as a family play therapy session (such as family sandtray, genograms, aquarium, band, build-a-dollhouse, and game play). 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Overview basic reasons why working with the family is important to treatment.

  • Learn how to conduct an initial interview with parents.

  • Learn ways to assess children and their families.

  • Learn ways to work with parents throughout the play therapy process.

  • Learn how to conduct family therapy sessions using play as a treatment method.

Assessment in Play Therapy

5pm-7pm

(2 contact hours)

This presentation will review many ways to assess children in play therapy.  It will cover chronological, emotional, social, cognitive, motor, communication, moral, personality, sexual identity, and racial identity development.  It will discuss different assessment and testing measures and activities that can be used within play therapy or as supplemental services by qualified professionals.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Summarize developmental theories of Freud, Erikson, Piaget, and Kohlberg and how they surface in play therapy.

2. Differentiate between chronological age and developmental stage, as well as understand how this is impacted through play therapy.

3. Identify ways to assess children's play during play therapy to determine his/her developmental stage.

4. Identify strategies to educate parents about childhood development and how play therapy promotes healthy development.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

COMMON CHILDHOOD DIAGNOSES &

A COLLECTION OF DIRECTIVE PLAY THERAPY TECHNIQUES

THAT HELP TREAT THEM

9am-4pm

(6 CONTACT HOURS)

Beginning and intermediate level play therapists will gain knowledge on common childhood mental health disorders and experientially explore ways to treat these disorders in play therapy during this half day workshop. The presentation starts with the attendees joining together with the presenter to make an extensive list of symptoms for the common diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and adjustment issues. Discussion will follow to examine the overlapping themes (such as lack of self-regulation, anger management issues, inattention, social skill problems, and coping skills). From that point on play therapy activities will be demonstrated for and conducted with attendees to explicate ways to help treat these common issues through play therapy. Activities will include....

  • feeling awareness and identification

  • projective projects for assessment and to increase self-awareness

  • anger management activities

  • teaching social skills

  • relaxation techniques

Learning Objectives

  • Increase assessment and diagnosis skills for common childhood diagnoses.

  • Learn to appropriately pair play therapy techniques to presenting issues.

  • Discuss the overlapping tendency for many of the diagnoses.

  • Observe demonstrations and practice creative and fun play therapy techniques.

 

THE GAMES WE PLAY: USING GAMES IN PLAY THERAPY

5pm-7pm

(2 contact hours)

Introductory through advanced level play therapists will learn different ways to use games in play therapy and gain understanding about what clients can gain through game play.  A majority of the workshop will be spent learning about different games through demonstration and active participation.  We will also discuss what populations and diagnoses the games work best with.  Additionally, participants will create their own simple board game which will be able to be used in play therapy.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify 20 games to use in play therapy.

  • Gain understanding of what things are learned through game play.

  • Create your own simple board game.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

Intro to Sandtray Play Therapy

9am-11Am

(2 contact hours)

Sandtray Play Therapy and play therapy easily go hand-in-hand. This intermediate level presentation will review the history and principles of sandtray therapy, review how to use the technique with clients, and give participants a chance to experience the process of this dynamic technique.  

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • State the foundations of sandtray play therapy.

  • Identify materials used in sandtray play therapy.

  • Identify what populations to use sandtray play therapy and understand what treatment issues will be addressed in utilizing these play therapy techniques

Sensory Play: Sensory Integration in Play Therapy

12pm-3pm

(3 contact hours)

Sensory play and play therapy easily go hand-in-hand! This intermediate level presentation will review the seven senses, as well as define sensory integration and the impact of dis-regulation.  It will explain sensory play and talk about how to implement sensory play into one's play therapy practice.  Participants will also experience hands-on learning creating several sensory play items that they will be able to take home with them.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Define sensory play.

  • Identify materials that can be used in sensory play therapy.

  • Identify what populations to use sensory play therapy with, and understand what treatment issues will be addressed in utilizing these play therapy techniques.

Battling Burnout in Play Therapy

4pm-7pm

(3 contact hours)

This workshop is appropriate for play therapists of intermediate to advanced training. It will begin 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. During the afternoon the presentation will 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.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

PLAYFUL SUPERVISION: Play Therapy Supervision

9am-4pm

(6 contact hours)

This advanced level presentation will overview important aspects of providing play therapy supervision.  It will cover useful paperwork to utilize when beginning a new supervisory relationship, ways to assess the therapist, and demonstrate playful interventions to use in supervision.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Identify important documents to utilize in play therapy supervision.

  • Describe various ways to assess play therapists.

  • Identify key play therapy supervision interventions.

8:45-9:00         Sign-In

9:00-10:30       Morning Workshop

10:30-10:45     Break (snack provided)

10:45-12:00     Morning Workshop Continued

12:00-1:00       Lunch (not provided)

1:00-2:30         Afternoon Workshop

2:30-2:45         Break (snack provided)

2:45-4:00         Afternoon Workshop Continued

 

* 2 hour workshops will not have a break and end at 3pm

 

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Continuing Education for Play Therapy

The Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy is  approved by the Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy and  maintains responsibility for the program.  APT Approved Provider 15-407.  

Full attendance is  required.   Continuing education verification is handed out to participants following the training.   If you have questions regarding continuing education, learning objectives, agenda, grievance issues please contact Laura Hutchison at playdr@gmail.com.     

 

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

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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Need a place to stay while

attending the trainings?

 

Both of these hotels are approximately

one mile north of the training location.

 

Comfort Inn

Radisson

 

CONTACT

LAURA HUTCHSION,

APT approved provider 15-407

FOR MORE INFO

ADDRESS

26105 Orchard Lake Rd, STE 207

​Farmington Hills, MI  48334

 

playdr@gmail.com

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