Expressive Therapies Summit 2016: Registration Site


PLAY THERAPY TRACK
Eliana Gil, PhD, ATR, RPT-S, LMFT, Chairperson

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These Sessions also Eligible for APT Credit
unless otherwise noted


THURSDAY, November 10

10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
Sand Therapy Competencies: Principles & Practices for Play Therapists and Colleagues

Executive Conference Center
1601 Broadway, 8th Floor (enter on 48th Street, next door to Hershey's Store)

Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD

Sand therapy is a three-dimensional projective technique appropriate for clients across the lifespan, often practiced by expressive arts and play therapists. For play therapists and other clinicians, it is especially important to be attuned to the psychic impact of the symbolic aspect in sand therapy work. Understanding theory, contexts, and the construction of meaning that occurs in sandplay is critical for play therapists to grasp a client’s process. Play therapists must remain aware of projections, attitude toward symbols, sense of boundaries, and an understanding of the unique client-play therapist relationship which is essential for ethical practice. In this day-long master class, the speaker will provide attendees with an overview of the core principles and practices for safe, ethical, and empowering sand therapy in their child/play therapy practices. Relevant research and case examples will be offered and complemented by an experiential component during which registrants can work with peers to explore the core principles and practices that will be highlighted.


Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

 



 

10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
DIR/Floor Time: Best Practice Play Therapy Model for Children with ASD & Sensory Issues - Day 1

College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805
Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

Esther B. Hess, PhD, RPT-S

This 2-day Training Intensive will offer play therapists an introduction to the theory and implementation of DIR/Floor Time in the treatment of children with interactive disorder, regulatory challenges, and developmental delays like ASD. Play therapists will learn to use adaptations of play therapy techniques in order to advance Greenspan’s developmental, individual differences, and relationship based model (DIR) with children and families. The presenter will teach play therapists and colleagues to use a multidisciplinary approach that also includes occupational and physical therapies, education, speech and language therapies among others. Video case examples will be discussed and play therapists will have a chance to engage in interactive "hands-on" techniques.


Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

 


 


10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
Writing Life Narratives with Children in Play Therapy: Storytelling for Secure Attachment in Treatment

Executive Conference Center
1601 Broadway, 8th Floor (enter on 48th Street, next door to Hershey's Store)

Felicia Carroll, MEd, MA, RPT-S, LMFT

The benefits of writing life narratives can be lifelong. What if we could write life narratives with children about their trauma, adoption, illness, or other disturbing experiences, to prepare them for a more secure adulthood? In this daylong master class, play therapists and other clinicians will learn how to create and incorporate children's life narratives into play therapy and other treatment approaches in order to enhance secure attachment. When a play therapist writes a child's life narrative, he or she works closely with a child, and the creativity of both child and therapist result in an emotionally rich and coherent story. Participants will learn the fundamentals of storytelling and biography, and will have the opportunity to practice engaging cooperation in the process of authoring a child's narrative.

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

 


 


10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Attachment-Based Play Therapy for Childhood Disruptive Behavioral Disorders

College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805
Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

Clair Mellenthin, RPT-S, LCSW

In this daylong master class, we will discuss and explore the impact of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder in children. Often, by the time parents seek out counseling or play therapy services for their child, the family system is discouraged, anxious, and most importantly (and often over-looked) ashamed. Parents feel shame for being unable to “parent” or change the undesirable behaviors of OCD, ADHD, ODD, and CD; and the child is shame-ridden for engaging in their “weird” and uncontrollable quirks and thoughts. This often leads to a family system break down and they enter into a shame cycle which also breaks down their emotional security and attachment with one another. In this 6-hour session, play therapists and other mental health professionals will learn about how the impact of attachment plays a role in the etiology of childhood disruptive behavior disorders, as well as how to utilize attachment-based play therapy techniques to treat these diagnoses in children, strengthen parent-child relationships, and improve overall self-esteem and confidence—leaving the child feeling ready to take on CDBD and the tools to control it!

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT|Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

 


 

 

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Play Therapy Supervision Group with Dr. Eliana Gil

The Glass Box
The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011 
Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

Eliana Gil, PhD, ATR, RPT-S, LMFT

This 3-hour session is open to all those seeking play therapy hours for certification, available on a first-come/first-serve basis. Participants will be asked to submit case presentation and collateral information such as photos of art work, sand trays, etc., a few weeks prior to the Summit. The format of this session will include clinical case discussions as well as discussion regarding the management of countertransference in play therapy. Registrants who wish to present cases for review are asked to notify Eliana Gil (eliana@elianagil.com) directly of their interest.

Available for 3.0 Hours of APT (or other disciplines) Supervision Only. Not eligible for APT CE credits. Other professionals may wish to consult their certification board regarding credentialing requirements.

 

 

FRIDAY, November 11

10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
DIR/Floor Time: Best Practice Play Therapy Model for Children with ASD & Sensory Issues - Day 2

College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805
Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

Esther B. Hess, PhD, RPT-S 

This interactive workshop will offer play therapists an introduction to the theory and implementation of DIR/Floor Time in the treatment of children with interactive disorder, regulatory challenges, and developmental delays like ASD. Play therapists will learn to use adaptations of play therapy techniques in order to advance Greenspan’s developmental, individual differences, and relationship based model (DIR) with children and families. The presenter will teach play therapists and colleagues to use a multidisciplinary approach. Video case examples will be discussed and play therapists will have a chance to engage in interactive hands-on techniques.


Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

 


 

10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
Special Approaches to Sand Therapy: Mind & Psyche (Afternoon Session ONLY)

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

Brain-Informed Strategies in the Sandtray Integrated with Play Therapy: Powerful Solutions 
Amy Flaherty, MS, RPT, LPE-I 

This 3-hour workshop within a 6-hour master class will demonstrate the benefits of sandtray therapy integrated with play therapy for clients across the lifespan. Play therapists and others will use sandtray miniatures and take part in experiential activities that illustrate how sandtray therapy aids in developing neuroplasticity. The neuroscience of play and sandtray therapies will be highlighted, as well as specific applications across ages and populations. An introductory knowledge of sandtray therapy is preferred but not necessary.


Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: APT (Afternoon Session ONLY)

 


 

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Play Therapy Assessment & Treatment Approaches for Play Therapists Featuring Sand, Play, and Art Therapies 

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

Eliana Gil, PhD, ATR, RPT-S, LMFT

Children can be hesitant to verbalize concerns because traumatic events elicit difficult emotions such as shame, guilt, or sadness. Consequently, one of the most difficult tasks for child therapists working with trauma is helping children and youth to express their painful thoughts and feelings, and helping them show what might be weighing on their minds. In addition, very young children have linguistic limitations that make their communication unclear. Expressive therapies can allow children to show— and later manage—traumatic memories. This day­long master class will feature a range of assessment and treatment strategies that utilize expressive arts such as art, play, and sand therapy. Clinical case examples will be highlighted and discussed. Emphasis will be placed on metaphor language and how to expand metaphors so children can amplify them and engage in reflection.

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC


 

SATURDAY, November 12

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Transformative Moments & Techniques in Play Therapy: Sacred and Profane

College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805
Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S
Sarah Caprioli, LMHC

Transformative moments in child and play therapy are so profound; they invoke the spiritual or sacred in the experience of child and therapist alike. Therapists are more likely to hold and honor such moments than to create them. Therapists contribute to the healing by witnessing, often silently, as well as in some cases processing such heart-to-heart healing connections. In this daylong session, processing will be a point of focus because the power of such experiences can sometimes be diminished by immersing them in therapeutic language. The presenters will discuss experiences of child clients and therapists alike in which a spiritual or sacred connection or shift occurs. Play therapists need to identify and process these moments to optimize their therapeutic value. In adult psychoanalysis Daniel Stern refers to such experiences as 'moments of meeting,' and this workshop will help play therapists learn how to recognize and deepen these opportunities with their clients. Attendees with be asked to engage in experiential exercises that will focus on their own sacred moments and how the therapeutic relationship is altered by such experiences. In addition to sharing verbally, participants will either write or draw about such experiences.

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT|Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC




10:50 am - 12:20 pm
Play Therapy & Yoga to Heal the Impact of Trauma

 

Executive Conference Center
1601 Broadway, 8th Floor (enter on 48th Street, next door to Hershey's Store)

Michelle M. Pliske, MSW, RPT, LCSW  

Yoga has become a popular practice for decreasing trauma symptomatology, since it addresses physical and psychosocial issues including stress, anxiety, and hyperarousal. Combining yoga and play therapy creates opportunities for children to process and heal traumatic experiences by helping them increase regulatory skills mastery, improve communication, reestablishing personal power and control. In this 90-minute session, current neuroscience and trauma research will be reviewed, and play therapy and child yoga techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated, that will enable play therapists and other clinicians to learn to help children integrate trauma narratives through an effective mind-body connection.

 

Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT
Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC



 

2:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Narrative Sand Therapy©: Into the Heart of Healing

Executive Conference Center
1601 Broadway, 8th Floor (enter on 48th Street, next door to Hershey's Store)

Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD 

Along life’s journey there are many stories, big and small, nested deep in the heart. Narrative Sand Therapy, developed by the the presenter, encourages clients to use symbols to represent their experiences and reclaim parts of self previously left behind in trauma and shame, re-shaping their stories through a heart-healing process. Narrative Sand Therapy is a collaborative process between play therapist and client wherein developmental stories, personal myths, and histories can unfold by using therapeutic metaphors, symbol amplification, and respectful exploration. Play therapists and other clinicians will learn to use poetry, personal letters, dialogues, and mini-dramas can animate a Narrative Sand scene, while silence and subtle engagement to deepen the client’s work.  Play therapists will also learn four primary tenets—permission, protection, empowerment, and presence—which guide the play therapist and support the client's explorations of stories in the sand. It is this approach to exploratory process that distinguishes Narrative Sand therapy from Sandtray and Sandplay. In this 3-hour workshop, attendees will learn how to incorporate play therapists will learn the basics for helping clients create a safe space for their stories to emerge in the sand, empower once-hidden wounded parts, and pave the way for transformation and healing in their child/play therapy practice.

 

Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT
Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC



 

SUNDAY, November 13

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Theraplay: Increasing Felt Safety with Children & Families

Theresa Lang Student Center
The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011 
Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

Gloria M. Cockerill, LCSW, RPT-S
Cindy Taylor Grapenthin, RPT-S, NCSP

Theraplay is an attachment-based form of family play therapy that focuses on the relationship between the child and caregiver. In this 6-hour master class, play therapists and their colleagues will discover how engaging in this way helps the parent or caregiver regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety. By learning Theraplay theory and techniques through hands-on, experiential play therapy activities, attendees will gain knowledge of how to guide families in rebuilding relationships “from the inside out.” These simple yet powerful play therapy activities are based on contemporary research in neuroscience and will help play therapists and other clinicians enrich their clinical practices. The session will cover the four essential qualities found in securely attached relationships – structure, engagement, nurturance, and challenge. Current research involving therapeutic presence, mindfulness, and attachment theory will also be discussed.

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC



 

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Using Play Therapy to Help Children Manage Anxiety

Executive Conference Center 
1601 Broadway, 8th Floor (enter on 48th Street, next door to Hershey's Store)


Stefani Misiph, RPT-S, LMHC

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common kinds of mental health concerns in children and adolescents. Anxiety can best be described as "worrying" or being "scared." Through a brief description of anxiety and experiential techniques used in play therapy, participants will gain a clear understanding of childhood anxiety and learn 3 practical play therapy interventions to treat it that can also be used by counselors and psychotherapists. Participants will leave this fun and informative 90-minute workshop with practical tools that can be immediately transferred to their daily clinical practices with young people of varied ages.

Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

 



9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Shore Thing! Using Journals in Play Therapy and More for Grounding, Connection & Resilience

Executive Conference Center 
1601 Broadway, 8th Floor (enter on 48th Street, next door to Hershey's Store)

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT
Cherie Spehar, LCSW, CTC-S, RPT-S

We’ll be wiggling our feet in the warm sand and listening to the pounding waves (well, metaphorically, at least) as we explore ways for play therapists to engage with the ancient images of sea and shore in this half-day workshop. Play therapists and other clinicians are invited to join us for an experiential and exploratory time, to learn some of our favorite activities designed to bring these archetypal metaphors to life through thoughtful, mindful, and soulful play therapy activities. These play therapy techniques will not only strengthen and soothe your spirit, but provide you with new tools to help your clients meet their therapeutic goals. In this 3-hour workshop, you'll learn ways to integrate the use of journal therapy with play therapy and mindfulness techniques to activate healing, cultivate resilience, and deepen connection with the natural elements — all through metaphor in image, writing, and play. Learn four or more creative interventions that play therapists, counselors, and psychotherapists can use in daily clinical practice. No beach towels required!  

Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC



12:50 pm - 1:40 pm
Adding Play Therapy to Your Expressive Arts Practice...and Vice Versa

Executive Conference Center 
1601 Broadway, 8th Floor (enter on 48th Street, next door to Hershey's Store)

Stefani Misiph, RPT-S, LMHC

Play therapists and creative arts therapists often do clinical work that might seem similar, but for those trained in both disciplines there are distinct differences. In this 50-minute Lunch & Learn session, attendees will be introduced to some of the basic tenets that distinguish play therapy and expressive arts therapy from each other. They will also learn about several techniques from each that can inform the other in clinical practice, especially when working with children and adolescents.

Eligible for 0.5 Credit Hour: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 0.5 Clock Hour: NBCC




2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
TF-CBT, EMDR, CPP in Play Therapy & Trauma Treatment

Executive Conference Center 
1601 Broadway, 8th Floor (enter on 48th Street, next door to Hershey's Store)


Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S

Contemporary clinicians know it is important to use evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy, but knowing which method to utilize can be daunting. Add to that the challenge of attempting to make these treatments more child-centered, playful, and developmentally appropriate! Given that approximately five million children experience some form of trauma each year, it is vital that therapists have a clinical framework that incorporates trauma principles and is based upon neuroscientific research. Many existing trauma-focused interventions overlap in their content and approaches. This 3-hour workshop 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 order to facilitate the development of a trauma-informed clinical framework. Through creative and playful ways, participants will learn how to incorporate non-verbal and sensory-based play therapy techniques into these 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.

Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

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