Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles 2017


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

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These Sessions also Eligible for APT Credit
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THURSDAY, March 30

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Floortime and Healthy Development: An Interactive Treatment for Special Needs Children
Esther 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 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
Eligible for 3.0 Credit/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Understanding Sensory Challenges: Effective Strategies for All Ages
Lori Baudino, BC-DMT, PsyD
 

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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

FRIDAY, March 31

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Expressive Arts and Play for Autism and Special Needs: A Whole Brain Approach
Jane Ferris Richardson, EdD, LMHC, ATR-BC, RPT-S
Karen Howard, RMT, CEAP
Joanne 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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners




10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cultivating Resilience in Children & Adolescents through Play Therapy & Creative Arts
David 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. 

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


 


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Healing Their Fury: Research-Informed Play Therapy with Aggressive Children
David A. 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.” 

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



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Teaching Wisdom Skills to Children & Adolescents
Shani 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, counseling, and education. Appropriate for creative and helping professionals who work with or children or adolescents. 

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




5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
LESSONS FROM MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD
A Film by Judith A. Rubin
Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC
Jodi Smith, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT, Discussant

Immediate 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. 
 
Dialogue following the screening will explore and expand on the parallels between the Neighborhood "land of make believe” and the play, art, and treatment rooms, and how the lessons Rogers taught continues to inform our thinking and approaches in the fields of creative arts, play therapy, and child psychotherapy.
 

Eligible for 1.5 Credit/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

 

SATURDAY, April 1

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Play Therapy through a Jungian Lens: Exploring the Inner Lives of Children & Adolescents
Maxine McCleery Bowden, 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.

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

 


10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Music and Play: Channeling Childhood for Therapeutic Gain
Becky 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: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tech Gone Wild: Sexting, Porn & Cyberbullying in Play Therapy and Counseling
Leslie Baker, MA, MFT, NCC
Mary 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.

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


SUNDAY, April 2

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Art-Based Therapy for Children Incorporating Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
Rebecca Bokoch, MA
Noah 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.


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

 

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sandtray Basics: Creating Miniature Worlds in Play Therapy & for Personal Growth
Leslie Baker, MA, MFT, NCC
Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S

Are you interested in improving your therapeutic skills for working with children, teens, and families? Have you ever wondered about becoming a play therapist? This 3-hour play therapy workshop virtually explodes with techniques drawn from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including: psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, storytelling/bibliotherapy, family play therapy, and the expressive arts. Come sharpen your skills in working with children, teens, and adults in clinical and other settings through case examples,videos, and experiential exercises that can be implemented immediately. No previous play therapy experience required, just the desire to play and learn!


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

 


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Let's All Play! Techniques for Counselors, Therapists, Educators & Others
Leslie Baker, MA, MFT, NCC
Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S

Sandtray therapy is a powerful therapeutic technique through which clients of any age can create an imaginal world using sand and miniatures—and sometimes water— within the “protected space” of a shallow wooden tray. In this primarily experiential workshop, participants will learn basic sandtray theory in addition to how to create, explore, and witness sandtrays as they are used in healing and personal growth. Differences in using sandtray in play therapy and other work with children, teens, and families will be discussed, as well as how to integrate sandtray into various theoretical approaches. This 3-hour workshop is designed for clinicians and others who wish to explore Sandtray Therapy as it is used in play therapy and the expressive arts in treatment. No prior sandtray or play therapy experience is necessary.


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


Other Sessions of Interest (Not Eligible for APT credits)

THURSDAY, MARCH 30

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Disrupting Disruptive Student Behaviors with Compassion & Art Therapy
Suzanne Silverstein, MA, ATR
Genia Young, ATR-BC, LMFT


 

SATURDAY, APRIL 1

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Engaging Resistant Adolescents: Practical Strategies for Clinicians and Others
Deb Brass, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Social, Emotional and Cognitive Growth through the Arts: The Key to Kids
Erica K. M. Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC



SUNDAY, APRIL 2


10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
Humor in the Hospital: Empowering Hospitalized Patients
Zachary Steel 

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Establish Rapport with At-Risk Youth Using the enACT Method
Bradford Bancroft, RDT, LMFT
Diana Feldman
Miles Grose

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Building Resiliency in Kids through Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagination
Charlotte Reznick, PhD


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