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Friday, October 15, 2021

JFS Play Therapy: A Time for Play - Season 3

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Friday, October 15, 2021
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Summary:

The JFS A Time for Play Therapy Training Series is a curriculum of interactive and introductory level Play Therapy specific continuing education events.

The 2021-2022 series of trainings teaches practitioners the nine foundational theories of Play Therapy and specific skills and interventions for effective and transformative Play Therapy.

Series participants 155 hours of Play Therapy Instruction in the primary areas of focus that are required to obtain the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.

The series is divided into 20 contact-hour ContinuingEducation events and 6 non-contact homework assignments over the Fall 2021 -Spring 2022 academic year.

The 2021-2022 series is designed to meet the Play Therapy instruction requirements for Play Therapy credentialing through the Association of Play Therapy.

Prior knowledge of Play Therapy is helpful but not necessary. These events are intended for licensed mental health professionals and hours apply towards maintenance of mental health license.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this series, students will be able to identify and apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the successful administration of Play

Therapy as demonstrated throughout the series through practice activities and large group discussion. Participants will gain an understanding of the therapeutic powers of play and how to access them with clients using skills and interventions derived from evidenced based theories of Play Therapy.

Participants will specifically be able to:

  1. Describe the major principals of utilizing Play Therapy as a treatment intervention
  2. Recite the significant history and development of Play Therapy
  3. Describe the seminal or historically significant theories of Play Therapy
  4. Explain the therapeutic value and powers of play
  5. Use basic Play Therapy skills, methods and interventions
  6. Assess clients through various Play Therapy specific theoretical lenses
  7. Identify ethical dilemmas that may arise in the practice of Play Therapy and identify strategies for navigating such ethical dilemmas
  8. Use research to advance the practice of Play Therapy with special populations

Primary Areas (Hours) of Focus Instruction:
  • Play Therapy History:  6
  • Play Therapy Theory: 63
  • Play Skills & Methods: 58
  • Special Topics: 28
  • TOTAL: 155 hours

Total Credit Hours:

  • Total Play Therapy Instruction CONTACT Hours: 125
  • Total Play Therapy Instruction Non-Contact Hours: 30
  • Total Play Therapy Instruction Credit Hours: 155

Cost:

Season Pass - $2,250

Purchasing a Season Pass up-front grants participants admission to all 20 six-hour contact training classes AND eligibility to complete up to 6 homework assignments over the course of the series to earn an additional 30hours of non-contact continuing education hours.  Those that purchase the Season Pass will also receive a binder of all course content and become eligible for up to 2 make-up assignments in case of an excused absence. Season Passes to the entire must be purchased in full by August 5, 2021.

By Lesson - $125 each

All courses are available for purchase individually. Registration is open now!

Class Schedule: 

Download full class details-- including learning objectives and a training agenda-- by clicking links below.

July 23, 2021: Introduction to Play Therapy (Optional half-day training, 1:00 - 4:00 PM; free to season pass holders; cost is $75)

August 6, 2021: History & Ethical Practice of Play Therapy (Download Full Class Details)

August 20, 2021: Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) - Part I (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the basic theory and skills of Child-Centered Play Therapy. Participants will learn about the be with attitude and the specific non-directive skills for tracking play behavior and facilitating relationship building within a therapeutic playroom. Participants will observe demonstrations, engage in live practice, and receive coaching of the specific child-centered play therapy skills. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

September 3, 2021: Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) - Part 2 (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants advanced skills related to Child-Centered Play Therapy including appropriate use and techniques for limit setting.  Participants will also learn the theoretical specifications for constructing a therapeutic playroom and selection of therapeutic toys.  Participants will receive live practice and coaching in practice child-centered play therapy skills. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

September 17, 2021: Play Therapy Practice, Treatment Planning & Documentation (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants clinical practice skills related to Child-Centered Play Therapy including how to identify and recognize play themes and patterns and construct effective treatment plans.  Participants will also learn the theoretical specifications for documenting play therapy sessions and recieve templates for  writing notes and treatment plans.  Participants will receive live practice and coaching in the practice child-centered play therapy skills. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

October 15, 2021: Adlerian Play Therapy (AdPT) (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the theory and skills related to practice of Adlerian Play Therapy. Participants will learn about the Crucial C’s, the Goals of Misbehavior, and Adlerian specific Play Therapy skills such as use of metaphor, behavioral rehearsal, and more.  Participants will receive live practice and coaching in skills. Learn skills for conceptualizing and treating children utilizing Adlerian Play Therapy. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

October 29, 2021: Psychodynamic Play Therapy & Child Neuropsychology (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the theory and skills of Psychoanalytic Play Therapy. Participants will learn about the psychoanalytic conceptualizations of pathology and development, play profiles, and ego defenses.  Participants will learn and practice the use psychoanalytical Play Therapy skills such interpretation and uncovering interventions.  Participants will also learn about the neuropsychological processes activated and changed by Play Therapy. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

November 12, 2021: Gestalt Play Therapy (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the theory and skills of Gestalt Play Therapy. Participants will learn about the Gestalt style of assessment and conceptualization of psychopathology.  Participants will learn and practice Gestalt Play Therapy skills including use of expressive arts, creative arts, and crafts.  Participants will learn therapeutic processing skills used in Gestalt Play Therapy to facilitate psychological integration and healing. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

December 3, 2021: Jungaian Play Therapy (JAPT) & SANDTRAY! (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the theory and skills of Jungian Analytical Play Therapy and Sandtray interventions. Participants will learn about the process and skills used by Jungian Analytical Play Therapists to facilitate catharsis and therapeutic change.  Participants will also learn the history, theory, and specifications of constructing a Sandtray and selecting miniatures.  Participants will learn and practice skills in an interactive learning format. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

December 17, 2021: Theraplay (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the theory and foundational skills of Theraplay. Participants will learn the four Theraplay dimensions of Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge and how they are selected to target children's needs and address behavior problems.  Participants will practice Theraplay skills and interventions in an interactive learning format. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

January 14, 2022: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) - Part 1: Behavioral Interventions (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the theory and basic skills of Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy and specifically focuses on behavioral interventions. Participants will learn methods for developmental assessment and selection of appropriate Play Therapy behavioral interventions to target treatment goals.  Participants will practice behavioral Play Therapy skills and interventions in an interactive learning format. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

January 28, 2022: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) - Part 2: Cognitive Interventions (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the theory and basic skills of Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy and specifically focuses on cognitive interventions. Participants will learn methods for developmental assessment and selection of appropriate Play Therapy cognitive interventions to target treatment goals.  Participants will practice cognitive Play Therapy skills and interventions in an interactive learning format. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

February 11, 2022: Filial Play Therapy & Family Play Therapy (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event reviews Family Systems Theory concepts and how they relate to Filial Play Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, and Family Play Therapy.  Participants will learn to distinguish between the methods and skills unique to each of the Play Therapy models and differentiate when each may be most appropriate.  Participants will practice family Play Therapy skills and interventions in an interactive learning format. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

February 25, 2022: Group Play Therapy (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event reviews various Play Therapy theories that can be utilized in the context of Play Therapy Groups.  Participants will learn methods and skills for forming, assessing, facilitating, and evaluating Play Therapy Groups.  Participants will practice group Play Therapy skills and interventions in an interactive learning format. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

March 11, 2022: Emerging Theories of Play Therapy: EMDR & AutPlay (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the theoretical intersection and differences between Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy and Play Therapy.  Participants will learn skills and methods for applying both approaches conjunctively.  Participants will learn through discussion of case examples and interactive activities. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

March 25, 2022: Ecosystemic Play Therapy & Play Therapy Ethics (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants the theory and skills of Ecosystemic Play Therapy. Participants will learn about the Ecosystemic Play Therapy assessment processes intervention selection processes used to conceptualize and treat clients.  Participants will also review Play Therapy ethics through examination and application of the P3 ethical model.  Participants will learn through interactive skills practice and discussion of case examples. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

April 8, 2022: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Part 1: Child Directed Interventions (Download Full Class Details)

  • (Part 1 of 2) This continuing education event reviews Attachment Theory as it relates to the practice of Play Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.  Participants will learn to use the DPICS Coding System to assess parent-child interactions.  Participants will learn and practice Child-Directed Interaction skills for facilitating healthy attachment within parent-child dyads. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

April 22, 2022: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Part 2: Parent Directed Interventions (Download Full Class Details)

  • (Part 2 of 2) This continuing education event teaches the Parent-Directed Interaction skills in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.  Participants will learn skills for coaching parents to develop an empowered authoritative parenting style and set limits effectively.  Participants will practice integration of Play Therapy knowledge into PCIT coaching strategies to achieve child treatment goals. Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

May 6, 2022: Multicultural Play Therapy (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants theories and skills to develop a multicultural framework for Play Therapy practice.  Participants will learn Cultural Humility and other practice skills to be culturally responsive to families from backgrounds that differ from the Play Therapist.  Training will include discussion of supremacy within mental health care practice and strategies for identifying and dismantling systemic racism and bias.  Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

May 20, 2022: Play Therapy with Diverse Populations (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event informs participants of current research and evidenced-based practice methods for working with specific client populations.  Participants will learn Play Therapy skills and interventions for working with child survivors of trauma.  Participants will also learn population-specific practice knowledge and skills for working with LGBTQIA+ families and for working with children with disability.  Training will include practice resources and discussion of case examples.  Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

June 3, 2022 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM): Introduction to Play Therapy Supervision (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants basic theories and skills of Play Therapy Supervision.  Participants will learn methods and skills of assessment and development of supervisee competency and learning.  Training will include practice resources and discussion of case examples.  Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

June 3, 2022 (1:00 -4:00 PM): Integrative Play Therapy Practice (Download Full Class Details)

  • This continuing education event teaches participants a theoretical framework for integrating different Play Therapy theories and  skills into a coherent practice approach.  Participants will deepen self-reflection skills and learn through discussion of case examples how to monitor treatment progress and adjust orientation as necessary to achieve treatment goals.   Training will be live and participants may opt to attend virtually or in-person.

Terms & Conditions:
  • Season Passes to the entire training series must be purchased in full by August 5, 2021.
  • Only participants that purchase a Season Pass will be eligible to complete the following 6 homework assignments and submit them by the due date to receive Continuing Education Credit Hours.
  • Homework Assignments must be completed by due date to receive these credit hours and no late assignments will be accepted. Participants that fail to submit assignments on or before the due date forfeit the opportunity to earn these credit hours.
  • Participants that purchase a Season Pass are eligible for up to two make-up assignments in the event of a class absence. Each make-up assignment is worth 8 non-contact continuing education credit hours. Make-up assignments are available only to participants that have purchased the Season Pass.
  • JFS reserves the right to cancel any of these training in the event of unforeseen circumstances. If such a cancellation occurs, JFS will attempt to notify registrants and refund all registration fees.
  • Registration refunds must be requested at least 48 hours prior to the class date and only 75% of the purchase price will be refunded.
  • Registration refunds will NOT be made to parties who register but do not attend.
  • Participants requiring accommodations must submit a medical professional’s note specifying the required accommodations to PlayTherapyTraining@jfshouston.org a minimum of 7 days prior to any training for which they have registered.

Credentialing Process:

For questions regarding the credentialing process please refer to the APT Credentialing Standards for the Registered Play Therapist by the Association for Play Therapy. Please check the website regularly for updates to the credentialing requirements and process.

It is the responsibility of the participant to review and follow the instructions and guidelines of Association for Play Therapy to apply for and attain all requirements for Registered Play Therapist credential. JFS is not responsible for completing the credentialing applications of participants and cannot guarantee that participant’s applications will be approved.

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Steven L. Parks, LCSW-S, MBA, RPT-S
Steven Parks
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Steven L. Parks, LCSW-S, MBA, RPT-S
Steven L. Parks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Supervisor and serves the Graduate College of Social Work as a full-time lecturing faculty professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work.

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