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THURSDAY, October 12

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Working with Self-Harming & Suicidal Teens: Art, Theater, Play

Executive Conference Center - Thursday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

Engaging Suicidal Teens by Leveraging the Survival Function of Art & Play
Lucy Barbera, PhD, LCAT

Researchers have theorized that the arts evolved from play and that both developed as basic human behaviors critical to survival. Both processes feature strong metaphorical aspects that facilitate clinical insights not otherwise accessible in traditional verbal therapy. Uniting theory, case study, and experiential exercises, the presenter will explore and illustrate the roots of human arts and play expression and the legacy, utilization, and function—as survival tools—of these dynamic modalities in counseling suicidal teens and catalyzing psychological and emotional healing. The adaptability of these strategies for play therapists and other healthcare professionals in settings such as private practice, hospitals, partial treatment facilities, and psychiatric centers will be highlighted in this 3-hour workshop.

Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques in the Treatment of Self-Harming Youth
Scott Koenigsberg, MS, LPC

Many people who engage in self-harmful behaviors have a difficult time acknowledging and expressing raw or intense emotions. For them, traditional didactic forms of treatment are less likely to be successful. This 3-hour workshop will apply a variety of Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O.) techniques, as created by its founder Augusto Boal, in an experiential format that is structured to help those who self-harm learn how to manage their difficult emotions more effectively. Techniques demonstrated in the workshop will include: Forum Theatre, Image Theatre, Rainbow of Desire, and the Cops in the Head. Applications for counselors, play therapists, and arts therapists will be explored. No previous experience with T.O. is required.

Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners



10:00 am - 5:15 pm
TF-CBT, EMDR, CPP in Play Therapy & Trauma Treatment: Evidence-Based and Creative Arts Practices

Executive Conference Center - Thursday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S

Because approximately five million children experience some form of trauma each year, it is essential that child therapists have access to a clinical framework based on neuroscientific research that incorporates trauma theory and play therapy principles. This daylong master class will outline and discuss the core components of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye-movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Attachment, Regulation & Competency (ARC) in the context of play therapy principles and neuroscience in order to facilitate the development of a trauma-informed clinical framework. Through creative and playful techniques, participants will learn how to incorporate nonverbal and sensory-based play therapy techniques into the evidence-based core components of trauma therapy. And with this knowledge, play therapists and other mental health professionals will be able to evaluate which trauma-informed treatment components 'fit' with the specific needs of the children with whom they work and enhance the capacity for healthy play among the youngest of trauma survivors.

Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners


FRIDAY, October 13

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Sandtray for Treating Trauma, Anxiety & Depression: Containment and Healing for Clients

Executive Conference Center - Friday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Tammi Van Hollander, RPT, LCSW

Sandtray play therapy provides a rich sensory experience in which your client—no matter what age—is given the opportunity to play/create at a more profound level than through traditional talk therapy. In this 6-hour master class, participants will learn how clients communicate through play therapy modalities and how working in the sand tray in particular provides a safe and effective format for creative self-expression and working-through in treatment. This daylong session will include didactic and experiential learning featuring case studies, role play, and other experiential play therapy exercises, including working with the sand. We’ll discuss how to use dry and wet sand to work with common clinical issues in play therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy including anxiety, depression, sexual/physical trauma, grief/loss, and anxiety. Come learn the essentials of working with miniatures in a sand tray and how play therapists and others can incorporate this versatile format into clinical practice with individuals, couples, and families to foster introspection, connection, resilience, and healing.

Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT, APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners



SATURDAY, October 14

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Process-Oriented Social Skill-Building: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Autism & Special Needs

Executive Conference Center - Saturday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Rachel Cimino, ATR-BC, LCAT
Faith Condon Thayer, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LCAT
Matthew Brady, MS, LCAT, MT-BC


In this didactic and experiential 3-hour session, we'll examine three case studies featuring students with neurodevelopmental disorders in a therapeutic day school setting where there is a unique opportunity to work with long term stable groups, as well as perform individual treatment. Our creative arts therapists also integrate DIR/Floortime methods into their therapeutic practice. According to Greenspan, 'The DIR/Floortime model is based on the assumption that we can favorably influence the core developmental foundations for relating, thinking, and communicating, even for children with severe problems, by working with their emotions, or affect.” Our site in particular allows for the consideration of individual differences and neurodiversity and treatment is tailored to the students’ individual strengths. Workshop participants will break into groups to create response pieces in a variety of modalities (music, dance, art) and then process those pieces to explore ways that working in a process-oriented group mirrors the experience of our special needs clients.

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
Not eligible for APT Credits



9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Combining Art Therapy with Bibliotherapy in Children's Groups

Executive Conference Center - Saturday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Laura Fuller-Cooper, MAAT, ATR-L BC, NCC

Narratives, like images, can open up dialogues. Whatever a child’s presenting issue—anxiety, trauma, externalizing behaviors, medical illness—the breakthrough might just be found in his or her favorite book. In this 3-hour multimodal workshop we will explore specific ways that children’s literature can be paired with art therapy directives to create thematic expressive or play therapy groups for young children (ages 4–12). Participants will gain insight from popular visual and content themes, motifs through hands-on experiments that blend bibliotherapy and expressive therapies. An overview of bibliotherapy will underscore the power of books, and case material will illustrate how to use this flexible multimodal approach in any setting, whether hospital, residential facility, school, or community group. This workshop is especially of interest to play therapists, counselors, teachers, and others looking to better facilitate rapport with children in a group setting.

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
Not eligible for APT credits




9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Auto-Regulation and Play Therapy Interventions: Healing the Body

Executive Conference Center - Saturday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S

Many of our young clients are referred to treatment due to rapidly shifting states of arousal, affect, thinking, and/or behavior. Affective disorders, ADHD, sensory processing issues, and developmental trauma may all lead to these dysregulated states. Knowing how to accurately read these cues and provide appropriate interventions is key to working with these challenges. Adapting to the environment—and the constantly changing needs and demands on the nervous system—requires very complex processing in the brain, which is not always possible. Depending on the neuro-behavioral state of the brain, a child may need an increased or a decreased amount of sensory input. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will be introduced to movement, sensory, and play therapy interventions to help them learn to strengthen the regulatory capacities of the children with whom they work. They will learn the importance of co-regulation in developing a child’s ability to self-soothe, and how to determine which sensory strategies and play therapy interventions are appropriate for differing levels and types of dysregulation.

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners



9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Journeying with Death in the Play Therapy Sandtray

Executive Conference Center - Saturday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Theresa Fraser, MA, CCW, CYC-P, CPT-S 
​Tammi Van Hollander, RPT, LCSW

One of the most challenging topics for most people to talk about or deal with is death. This is particularly true in most forms of therapy, but especially in play therapy, for so many reasons. In this 3-hour workshop we will introduce sandtray work that can be practiced by play therapists and others, its applications across ages and populations, and, specifically, how sandtrays and miniatures can explore the safe and effective use of self as it pertains to beliefs, values, and comfort level with the themes of death and dying. Clinical applications will be demonstrated as they relate to play therapy and expressive arts approaches. Sandtray is the vehicle of experience, and participants are encouraged to bring miniatures (symbols) along from home or office, for use during experientials. Participants need not be play therapists; rather counselors, psychotherapists, and others are welcome to experience the self-discovery that death and dying themes invoke in order to lean more about the healing potential of play and sandtray in clinical practice.

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners



2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Helping LGBTQ Youth Create a Coherent Self-Narrative

Executive Conference Center - Saturday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Mark Beauregard, RDT-BCT, LCAT
Kristin Long, RDT, BCT, LCAT, LP


LGBTQ youth have unique life stories and experiences, often in the context of interpersonal and environmental trauma, that can reinforce silence. They need caring adults who can help them to tell their stories, be heard, and craft their narrative in order to live the life they want. This workshop will have participants thinking creatively about the roles of storyteller and listener for both LGBTQ youth and therapists. Presenters will provide a brief introduction to the life experiences of these young people and discuss how caring adults can become creative agents of change in helping youth express their own stories of hurt, strength, and resilience. Participants will leave with specific examples of arts-based activities to use in fostering coherent self-narratives.

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
Not eligible for APT Credits



2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Working with Children of Divorce Using Play Therapy & Yoga

Executive Conference Center - Saturday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Michelle M. Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S
Lindsay Balboa, MSSW, LCSW


Children are unique with differing strengths, weaknesses, temperaments, and varying degrees of social, emotional, and economic resources. Divorce diminishes a child’s future competence in many areas of life, including relationships, education, emotional wellbeing, and even future earning power. In this 3-hour workshop we will demonstrate how to address the disparity children of divorce face by employing a group process that incorporates both play therapy and yoga principles. These modalities in combination support children of divorce because group therapy reduces their feelings of isolation; yoga addresses stress, anxiety, and hyperarousal; and play therapy restores autonomy and control. Current medical research will be reviewed, and play therapy and child yoga techniques will be illustrated. Support group programming and adaptations for individual or family treatment planning will be discussed. Specific attention will be paid to the legal and ethical issues that accompany a family system moving through divorce to equip therapists with information to navigate potentially complicated situations.

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners



9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sensory Gardens for Special Needs Children and Others in Treatment

College of New Rochelle - Saturday
29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

Kelvin A. Ramirez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT
Anne Meore, HTR, LMSW
Rebecca Hervieux, MPS
Elizabeth Youngs, ATR-BC

Research has shown that children learn to socialize, regulate emotions, and develop critical skills through play. Sensory gardens, by engaging participants in gardening and plant-based activities, have proven to increase the development of these skills in children and adults of all abilities and levels of functioning. In creating sensory gardens as restorative environments, aesthetic and multisensory-focused interactive play stations are thoughtfully designed to maximize the benefits of the overall therapeutic experience. In this master class, we will provide a brief history of horticultural therapy, contemporary uses including sensory gardens, and their research-based therapeutic benefits. Common design elements, sensory-specific stations, and special considerations for designing sensory gardens will all be discussed. Participants will gain first-hand experience of the therapeutic benefits of horticultural therapy through interactive activities that will stimulate their senses and demonstrate the concept of attention restoration theory as it relates to mental fatigue, attention issues, learning ability, and critical issues in play therapy and other approaches to working with special needs children and others.

Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
Not eligible for APT Credits









SUNDAY, October 15

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Creative Play Therapy with (Even the Most Resistant) Tweens & Teens

Executive Conference Center - Sunday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Lyla Tyler, LMFT, RPT-S

Adolescents are often the most challenging clients due to their inherent need to push against the status quo. In this 3-hour workshop participants will learn go-to, fun, art and play therapy interventions that foster collaborative, playful relationship building and engage adolescents in the therapeutic process through the power of play. In his Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Daniel Siegel explains how the teenage brain undergoes rapid changes but also refers to adolescence as a “golden age” for innovation and creativity. This brain development will be discussed, and techniques for harnessing the possibilities of this time of innovation and the creativity of even the most resistant teens will be taught. Experiential activities will include play therapy interventions that address assessment and treatment goals, teach coping skills, process traumatic experiences, and promote self-discovery.

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners




9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Grief and the Memory Box: A Creative Approach for Children & Adolescents

Executive Conference Center - Sunday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Sarah Vollmann, MPS, ATR-BC, LICSW

This 3-hour workshop presents an attachment-informed approach to grief therapy with children and adolescents. An overview of the developmental stages of grief for children and teens will be provided, as well as an art therapy case study of a bereaved child. Various art therapy directives that might be used in treatment with grieving children will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own memory boxes, using a variety of collage, drawing, and painting materials. The directive is adaptable as needed for fit and comfort: participants may honor lost love ones or commemorate times, events, or places of significance. As a group we will discuss our box creation processes and identify implications for using this intervention with children, adolescents, and families who grieve.

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
Not eligible for APT Credits




2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Building Rapport with Children & Their Families Using a Psychoanalytic Approach

Executive Conference Center - Sunday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


Shirley Disu, MPsa, MA, CCLS, NC-PsyA, LP

Externalizing behaviors are often cited as the reason children are referred to psychotherapy, however unconscious conflicts and non-disclosed concerns often reveal themselves during treatment. In this 3-hour workshop participants will learn about psychoanalytic theories and treatment concepts that can be applied in clinical and educational settings to understand and address behaviors that are situational responses stemming from trauma, family dysfunction, developmental arrests, and/or poor attachment. Through case studies, demonstrations, and experientials, participants will learn about common childhood mental health disorders/intellectual disabilities and discover effective clinical tools that create a thriving, holistic therapeutic/educational environment. This session is recommended for professionals looking to enhance their clinical rapport with children and families.

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
Not eligible for APT Credits



9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Strength-Based Art & Play Interventions through Neuropsychological Assessment and the ETC

Pratt Institute - Sunday
200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

Dawn Burau, ATR, SpEd, LMHC
Daniel Reinstein, PhD


The Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) is a multidisciplinary model that provides a framework for selecting types of interventions (e.g., kinesthetic, symbolic, and sensory) and related media qualities (e.g., fluid and resistive) based on a client’s level of functioning and the clinician’s treatment goals. In this daylong master class, a psychologist and art therapist—co-authors of two books on integrating neuropsychological and psychological evaluations—will explore the various neuropsychological functions that are accessed and influenced by play and creative activities and identify ways to integrate their results into creative, strength-based treatment. Using the ETC to bridge assessment and treatment, the speakers will explore ways to develop customized art and play therapy interventions for clients that align with their neuropsychological assessment results. This session will combine case studies, discussion, and hands-on creative activities to illustrate and demonstrate how neuropsychological functioning influences art making and play activity in children, and how individualized art making and play interventions can be used to strengthen vulnerabilities and promote healthy functioning in young people.

Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners




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