CHILDREN and ADOLESCENTS TRACK
SELECT ANY ONE OR COMBINATION OF DAYS
10:00 am - 1:00 pmFloortime and Healthy Development: An Interactive Treatment for Special Needs ChildrenEsther B. Hess, PhD, RPT-S
DIR/Floortime, a developmental, individual-differences, relationship-based technique was developed by pioneering pediatrician-psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan. Both an intervention for children with special needs and a general support for healthy child development, the Floortime program facilitates engagement, interaction, symbolic thinking, and logical thinking by following the lead of children, challenging them to be creative and spontaneous. The Floortime process engages as many senses, motor skills, and emotions as possible. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of this relationship-based intervention to guide their child/play therapy practice in the clinic or other treatment setting, in school, or at home. Excerpts from video case studies will illustrate practical solutions to complex developmental problems, and time will be set aside for group discussion.
Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT****APT CE only available to mental health practitioners
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmDisrupting Disruptive Student Behaviors with Compassion & Art TherapySuzanne Silverstein, MA, ATRGenia Young, ATR-BC, LMFT
This workshop will introduce techniques utilized by Cedars-Sinai’s school-based Share and Care program, for elementary and secondary school students who have demonstrated challenging behaviors in the classroom. Singing bowls and talking sticks will be incorporated into a process that includes art therapy directives, mindfulness practices, and community building exercises. These creative and mindful strategies can be used in the classroom or in the a group setting as a way of gaining control with the students, while helping them learn to focus, listen, and speak spontaneously from the heart without judgment.
Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, NursingThis session not eligible for APT credits
When is avoidance—or a tantrum—the result of sensory-based aversion rather than an indication of a behavioral/emotional problem . . . or just random "acting out” by a child? How do adults manifest sensory preferences and how can they use them to ease transitions and support connection? Learn what it feels like for people of all ages to have sensory preferences and challenges, and find out about the kinds of impact they have on our lives. Participants will learn to manage these issues through creative activities that involve mirroring, exaggerating, and minimizing movement. By understanding how we use the body to interact with self, others, and the environment, we can learn new and effective ways to regulate the nervous system and alleviate discomfort and how we can incorporate this in our child/play therapy practice and education. For instance, “joining" a sensory challenge can lead parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to forge a connection instead of creating a power struggle with those for whom they care. Discover your own sensory preferences in order to support your needs as an an educator, counselor, or child/play therapist in any discipline.
Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT****APT CE only available to mental health practitioners
10:00 am - 5:15 pmExpressive Arts and Play for Autism and Special Needs: A Whole Brain ApproachJane Ferris Richardson, EdD, LMHC, ATR-BC, RPT-SKaren Howard, RMT, CEAPJoanne Lara, MA, CCTC
This full day master class will introduce a number of fun and practical expressive arts and play therapy interventions for working with people diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Led by an expert team of presenters who have worked collaboratively over the course of a decade, this mostly experiential day will also include evidence-based information regarding the use of these approaches in the treatment of people with autism. Activities will include vibrant ways to engage children more deeply through art making and play therapy; easy-to-implement movement skills that can be used in a variety of settings; and opportunities for enhancing motor skills, social connections, as well as awareness of feelings, through music. This class is designed for everyone interested in exploring movement, music, and art as vehicles for growth and healthy expression for individuals on the autism spectrum or with related challenges, including: expressive arts and play therapists, counselors and psychotherapists, educators and administrators, parents and paraprofessionals, and artists of every discipline.
Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT****APT CE only available to mental health practitioners
10:00 am - 1:00 pmCultivating Resilience in Children & Adolescents through Play Therapy & Creative ArtsDavid Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S
This half-day workshop is an introduction to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), developed by Bruce Perry, MD, through play, art, music, and somatosensory activities. By examining modern attachment theory and neuroscience, the presenter will discuss how play therapy and the expressive arts can be valuable tools in cultivating resilience for children and adolescents. NMT allows our clients to explore their inner worlds at their own pace, and with spontaneity and freedom. After an informational overview and presentation of case studies in sand, art, somatosensory activities, and play therapy, participants will be introduced experientially to directive and non-directive forms of play and arts interventions to deepen their understanding how they can be integrated with the NMT approach in the clinical setting.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmMusic and Play: Channeling Childhood for Therapeutic GainBecky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC
Music is the language of childhood, and play is its job. Both help kids build therapeutic relationships, increase communication, and help them reach their goals. In this 3-hour workshop, we will engage in music and play activities that can: 1) help set children at ease in new or challenging environments, 2) build trust between therapist or professional and child, 3) enable alternative types of communication, and 4) create a safe space for discussing life issues. Moreover, these activities generate opportunities for increasing self-esteem, building social skills, gaining confidence, and identifying (and even expressing) complex emotions. Special considerations will be presented for working with children who have special needs, including those diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Participants should be prepared to sing, move, play—and be a little silly—as we each harness our inner child to find developmentally appropriate ways to help our youngest clients meet their full potential. This workshop is directed towards professionals with child and play therapy practices, as well as educators, and anyone who works with children.
Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, NursingEligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCCThis session not eligible for APT credits
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmTeaching Wisdom Skills to Children & AdolescentsShani Robins, PhD
In order to meet the monumental challenges of life, children and adolescents are in dire need of skills typically associated with wisdom in later life, such as empathy, compassion, mindfulness, gratitude, humility, realism, emotional intelligence, and forgiveness. Dozens of recent school-based and clinical studies have demonstrated that these skills can indeed be taught to children and adolescents. This workshop will provide a conceptual overview of each of the wisdom skills and their clinical and classroom applications. In addition, you will experience the use of multimedia materials, such as visual illusions, video clips, and humor, to facilitate effective teaching. Moreover, participants will practice applying these skills to everyday situational challenges in their child and play therapy practice psychotherapy,counseling, and education. Appropriate for creative and helping professionals who work with or children or adolescents.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmHealing Their Fury: Research-Informed Play Therapy with Aggressive ChildrenDavid Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S
Aggression in children is multi-determined and not fully understood. This half-day workshop will provide a summary of current knowledge about contributing factors and how this research foundation informs the interventions to be described and/or demonstrated. There will be hands-on opportunities to try out some of the play therapy strategies and experiential learning activities to help ground the concepts. An integrative approach (inspired by Helen Benedict and Eliana Gil), consisting of both Child-Center Play Therapy (non-directive) and directive strategies, will be explored, based on clinical experience in both private practice and residential treatment settings working with “fawns in gorilla suits.”
5:45 pm - 7:15 pmLessons from Mister Rogers' NeighborhoodA Film by Judith A. RubinJudith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BCJodi Smith, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT, DiscussantImmediate Past President, California Association for Play Therapy
A new film directed by art therapy pioneer Judy Rubin — the Art Lady during the early Neighborhood years — in collaboration with the Fred Rogers Company, brings Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003) and his work alive for us once again. Fred Rogers, American cultural icon, was a composer, author, puppeteer, ordained minister, and student of child development. He created the scripts and music for every episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which ran for decades on public television. His "lessons" were timeless teachings developed through his study and consultation with mental health experts. Fred's talents and authentic personality enabled him to convey psychological concepts in ways that were both appealing and accessible to people of all ages and experiences. His creative approach to communicating with children in particular remains relevant to counselors, play therapists, and healing professionals in every discipline 50 years since the Neighborhood's modest beginnings in Pittsburgh, PA.
Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hour: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, NursingEligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCCThis session not eligible for APT credits
10:00 am - 1:00 pmEngaging Resistant Adolescents: Practical Strategies for Clinicians and OthersDeb Brass, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Adolescent and teenage populations are among the most avoided client populations in clinical and human service agencies, due to the population's perceived resistance to treatment. The physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growing pains of this stage of development famously heighten insecurities, self-conscious frustrations, and feelings of vulnerability that can cause adolescents to resist engagement in honest self-expression and self-examination. However, clinicians who are trained to attune to their own experiences and processes during this age can gain tremendous insight into how to reach and engage teenagers and adolescents in clinical and educational settings. Through the examination of literature, case studies, and their own collective personal experiences, participants in this session will learn practical directives and arts-based techniques that can help them circumvent unnecessary struggles and discover ways to engage teenage clients through creative activity. NOTE: Participant self-examination will be encouraged during interactive components of this workshop and participants are urged to be mindful of their own comfort and capacity for this type of exploration within a professional conference setting.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmPlay Therapy through a Jungian Lens: Exploring the Inner Lives of Children & AdolescentsMaxine Bowden, MA, LMFT, RPT-S
This 3-hour workshop will introduce Jungian concepts such as the Self and the unconscious, archetypes, libido, symbols, the shadow, persona, and individuation, making them relevant for play therapists and other professionals working with children and adolescents ages 5-18. We will emphasize experiential activities designed to clarify and amplify different ways for working with youngsters in counseling and psychotherapy using a Jungian approach. They will include spontaneous drawing, dream work, sandplay, and mask making, as time allows.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmSocial, Emotional and Cognitive Growth through the Arts: The Key to KidsErica K. M. Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC
Delve into research-grounded strategies for maximizing connection, emotional health, and academic success in children through visual art, music, and movement. Whether you work with children in professional settings or at home, this workshop will not only teach you innovative arts-based strategies for surviving day-to-day challenges, but also will inspire you to tap into your own creative resources to thrive in your work with children. This training is designed for the needs of therapists working in a variety of disciplines. Interested others are welcome to attend, as well.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmTech Gone Wild: Sexting, Porn & Cyberbullying in Play Therapy and CounselingLeslie Baker, MA, MFT, NCCMary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S
As possibilities in social media and mobile technology continue to expand, the 21st-century family must confront a whole new set of challenges that include online pornography, excessive texting, gaming and computer use, sexting, bullying, and other inappropriate and harmful uses of technology. Moreover, therapists are increasingly sought out to assist families in managing these issues. This workshop will provide an overview of the various technology-related behaviors that can lead to a higher risk of victimization and conflict. Participants will learn about assessment tools, play therapy & art-based family & individual therapy techniques to help families address these issues safely and effectively. Participants will create one assessment tool and two family or individual play therapy interventions during the workshop. The workshop will also review current research, laws and ethics, diversity issues, and prevention skills to assist family members toward healthier use of technology.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Art-Based Therapy, Mindfulness & Self-Compassion for ChildrenRebecca Bokoch, MANoah Hass-Cohen, MA, PsyD, ATR-BC
Experience a group curriculum on self-compassion, mindfulness, and art-based therapy for children ages 5 to 12. The workshop will begin with a brief review of the literature in this subject area and an explanation of the rationale for this approach, followed by the experience of three sessions of the six-week curriculum and a reflective discussion process. The curriculum is appropriate for professionals with child and play therapy practices, as well as educators and others working with children. No previous art or meditation experience is required.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmEstablish Rapport with At-Risk Youth Using the enACT MethodBradford Bancroft, RDT, LMFTDiana FeldmanMiles Grose
Learn fun and creative ways to establish trust and dialogue empathically with vulnerable youth. Through theater games and role play, learn how to provide support with safe emotional boundaries for helping them understand their emotions and perform the change that they wish to become. The enACT Method has been successfully implemented with young people in New York City for over 25 years. Whether caregiver, teacher, therapist, or parent, participants will acquire tools to implement in their daily work and daily lives.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmMedical Clowning: Empowering Hospitalized Patients through Improv & PlayZachary Steel
Writer and medical humanitarian Norman Cousins once described laughter as “a metaphor for the full range of positive emotions.” Research has shown that through their impact on the immune system, positive emotions can boost the body’s capacity to heal. We will provide a comprehensive look at medical clowns—trained professionals who serve to provide children and adults with a sense of authority and control in a hospital environment that, by its nature, disempowers the patient. We will discuss how medical clowns increase communication between medical staff, children, and caregivers, as well as decrease tension and anxiety often resulting from physically intrusive procedures. Through active listening, environmental awareness, and improvisation, the clown meets patients "where they are" and forms a bond. From there, the clown assists patients to escape from the isolation of post-trauma or pre-operative anxiety, and back into the social world of play and hope. This interactive workshop will include active participation to demonstrate some of the medical clowning techniques discussed.
This session not eligible for continuing education credits or hours
10:00 am - 5:15 pmPlay Therapy Assessment & Treatment Approaches Featuring Sand, Play, and Art TherapiesEliana Gil, PhD, ATR, LMFT, RPT-S
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 play 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 day-long master class will feature a range of assessment and treatment strategies that utilize expressive arts such as art, sand, and play therapy. Clinical case examples will be highlighted and discussed in small groups.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmBuilding Resiliency in Kids through Mindfulness, Meditation, and ImaginationCharlotte Reznick, PhD
Can you calm a five-year-old's nightmares, a six-year-old's fright of the first day of school, a nine-year-old's terrible temper, or a thirteen-year-old's chronic headaches? Children need to be equipped with skills for survival and growth. In this workshop, we will explore the creative terrain and healing power of children's imagination through nine mindful meditation tools. These easy-to-use, whimsical, and remarkably effective tools facilitate a child's inward journey to a deep and wise place. Coupled with art and journal writing, children learn to harness inner wisdom to understand, heal, and thrive. Whether you are a therapist, health professional, educator, or parent, come learn how to use these creative techniques in a variety of settings to help kids: love, accept, and appreciate themselves; reduce headaches, stomachaches, and tics; overcome fears; manage anxiety; deal with sleep issues; cope with loss; handle anger and frustration; achieve success at school and in sports; live peacefully with siblings and parents; develop their intuition.
Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, NursingThis session not eligible for APT credits2:30 pm - 5:30 pmExpressive Writing as Activism Kathleen Adams, MA, LPCMary Reynolds Thompson, CPCC, CAPF, CJFKate Thompson, MA, CJTPerie J. Longo, PhD, PTR, LMFTIndia Radfar, BA, CAPFIngrid Tegnér, MSW, M/S, CAPF
This workshop brings together many of the faculty from the Expressive Writing track to present ways in which expressive writing can be used as a tool for activism. We’ll see how poetry and metaphor have the ability to shape and shift consciousness. We’ll explore what it is to write on behalf of the natural world and those who live in it and do not have a voice. We will see how—by taking up our pens on behalf of what we love, and what we believe in—we don’t just learn to help and heal ourselves and our clients, but also have an impact on the world.Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, NursingEligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCCNot eligible for APT Credits2:30 pm - 5:30 pmSound, Music & Healing: Science and Clinical Practice In HarmonyTobi Fishel, PhD
This workshop will introduce information from recent scientific reports on the healing properties of sound and music, followed by experiential exercises. Among the instruments we'll explore together are: shakers, drums, koshi wind chimes, half-wing xylophone, Tibetan singing bowls, recorded music, Native American flute, and voice. Special focus will be given to applications of sound and music in the treatment of trauma, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and Alzheimer's disease. This workshop is appropriate for professionals in clinical practice as well as those interested in the personal benefits of using sound and music for wellbeing.
Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, NursingEligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCCNot eligible for APT Credits
THURSDAY, MARCH 30
10:00 am - 5:15 pmRe-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social JusticeAmanda Bechtel, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT Laura Teoli, MS, ATR-BC, LPC Laura Wood, PhD, RDT-BCT, LMHC, CCLS10:00 am - 1:00 pmChallenging Oppression with Expression: RAPtivism, Movement, and MindfulnessMeg Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCATAisha Fukushima2:30 pm - 5:30 pmNarradrama for Neural Re-wiring and Positive ChangePam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT2:30 pm - 5:30 pmRagdolls & Writing: Transforming Trauma, Facilitating GrowthEbony Williams, MFA, MA2:30 pm - 5:30 pmSing for Yourself: A Daily Practice for Freedom of ExpressionKate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT2:30 pm - 5:30 pmJournaling to Clear Life’s Clutter: A Compassionate, Creative ApproachCarolyn Koehnline, LMHC, CJT7:00 pm - 8:30 pmStressbusting: Writing Through Troubled TimesKathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
10:00 am - 5:15 pmBooks by Hand: Holding SecretsLinney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC10:00 am - 5:15 pmPerformance as a Therapeutic Act: Transforming Self-Defeating Life Scripts through Drama TherapyJennifer Stuckert-Knapp, RDT, LMFTArmand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT10:00 am - 1:00 pmDiscovering & Strengthening Parts of Self through Mask Work and EnactmentLaura L. Wood, PhD, LMHC, RDT/BCT, CCLS10:00 am - 1:00 pmMindful Games for Enhancing Attention, Balance and CompassionSusan Kaiser-Greenland, JD10:00 am - 1:00 pmPaper Puppet People, Fairytales, and NeuroscienceLani A. Gerity, DA, ATR Susan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCS10:00 am - 1:00 pmFrom Addiction to Recovery through Music TherapyTim Ringgold, MT-BC2:30 pm - 5:30 pmClay Worlds & Stories for Creating Resilient, Inclusive CommunitiesSusan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCSLani A. Gerity, DA, ATR2:30 pm - 5:30 pmDiversity Awareness in Groups through Role Play & Imaginal EnactmentGary Raucher, MA, RDT/BCT, LMFTDenise Boston, BFA, MA, PhDF. Antonio Ramirez Hernandez, PsyD2:30 pm - 5:30 pmExploring Earth’s Archetypes through Poetry & Image: Reclaiming the Wild SoulMary Reynolds Thompson, CAPF, CPCC
10:00 am - 5:15 pmDrum Circle Facilitation PlayshopArthur Hull, Drum Circle Facilitation Pioneer10:00 am - 1:00 pmAnimal Power in Clinical Work, Education & Spiritual DevelopmentLinda Barnes, MS
10:00 am - 1:00 pmListening to Clay: Janie Rhyne's Gestalt Art ExperienceJosie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT10:00 am - 1:00 pmMusic and Play: Channeling Childhood for Therapeutic GainBecky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmIntroduction to the Therapeutic Uses of PhotographyRobert Irwin Wolf, MPS, ATR-BC, NCPsya, LP, LCAT2:30 pm - 5:30 pmTransformation of Failure & Self-Blame: Techniques from Theater of the OppressedBrent Blair, PhDMady Schutzman, PhD2:30 pm - 5:30 pmManaging Conflict, Embodying New NarrativesBobbi Kidder, MA, RDT, BCTColin Ward, PhD
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
10:00 am - 5:15 pm Taming the Bully Within through Inner Family HealingLucia Capacchione, ATR, REAT, PhD 10:00 am - 1:00 pmDigital Media Arts: Therapeutic Interventions for Adolescents and OthersJeffrey L. Jamerson, MA, PhD
10:00 am - 1:00 pmEating Disorders: From Fear to Conscious EmbodimentMarybeth Weinstock, PhD, BC-DMT
10:00 am - 1:00 pmIntegrating Empathic Listening & Creative Expression: The Art of CouncilCamille AmeenJared Seide
10:00 am - 1:00 pmTokens of Esteem and Affirmation: Artist Challenge CoinsGretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmDigital Storytelling as a Therapeutic InterventionJeffrey Jamerson, MA, PhD
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmEco-Art Therapy: Expanding Your Practice through Connection with NatureEllen Speert, ATR-BC, REAT
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmMask Making: A Multicultural ProcessJudy Leventhal, LCSW
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