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Past WVAPT Conferences

Spring 2021 Conference

2021 Conference Brochure
2021 WVAPT Brochure.pdf
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Spring 2019 Conference


Spring 2018 Conference


Fall 2016 Conference

2015 Conference

The Trouble With Trauma

This presentation is designed to increase awareness of the practitioners’ ability to understand the impact of trauma on the developing brain of young clients. Trauma can result in distortion of thought and compromised ability to use words to process the young child’s trauma. Play therapy addresses these challenges in the very young client and allows the child’s natural first language, the language of play, to be used for healing.


Thanks to all who attended! We "Played our way back from OZ!!!" The 18th annual Spring WVAPT Play Therapy Conference was a smashing success! We learned about the Three C's of Self Care through experiental activities that helped us all to heal and learn! The values of Connections, Communication, and Collaboration in the self-care process are just as essential as the breathing and self-awareness we learned for ourselves and to share with others.

Please enjoy the pictures and experiences we shared! Visit our facebook profile at WVAPT! Just type  WVAPTinto the search bar!

2015 WVAPT Conference Accomplishments


  • 13 CEU's provided for social work and counseling
  • Membership meeting concluded
  • 2016 Conference options identified
  • WVAPT future plans brainstormed
  • 4 New memberships completed
  • 3 New board members committed
  • Board role elections scheduled for spring 2016 
  • Personalized customer service provided

2014 Conference

2013 Conference

15th Annual WV Association for Play Therapy Conference focuses on the “Building Blocks of Play Therapy” 2013

This year’s conference took place on April 13-14 on the beautiful campus of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV and provided valuable information on many topics including motivating resistive clients, using books in therapy, and building resilience with children of divorce.


WV APT member Theresa Williams, LPC, APS, RPT/S opened the conference by sharing information including creative play therapy strategies to engage resistive clients, and Phyllis Hasty, MSW, LICSW,RPT/S finished the day with information about using books in therapy and identified specific books that enhance communications and expression of feelings in play therapy.


Cynthia Reynolds, Ph.D,PCC-S,CSC,RPT/S from our sister branch in Ohio concluded the conference with a 2 part series on building resilience in children of divorce.   This seminar included 6 Play Therapy interventions (individual and group) to develop resiliency in children of divorce.

While the great information presented and the 12 CEU’s provided are great reasons to attend the WV APT conference, these are not the only reasons you should consider attendance. The annual conference is a great time to meet other professionals in your area. Many of us work in private practice or work in agencies or organizations where we are the only person who is working with children. In these situations it can be helpful to have a personal network of support of professionals who are using the power of play to heal children. The annual conference is also great fun and an excellent opportunity to practice the new techniques being taught.


If you missed this year’s conference, make plans now to attend next year on April 19-20, 2013.

2012 Conference

APT will ROCK Cleveland during the 2012 Annual Conference Oct 9-14!

Join us at the 2012 APT Annual Conference.  We will be traveling together and sharing hotel costs so don't miss this great oportunity to attend while the conference is on the East Coast!!!  You can register at


Keep an eye out for more information in the upcoming newsletter.  Not on our mailing list?  Send a request to


Association for Play Therapy (APT)
APT promotes the value of play, play therapy, and
credentialed play therapists. It supports those programs
that promote the understanding and valuing of the effective
practice of play therapy, recognition of diversity in play
therapy, and development and maintenance of a strong
professional organization. For more information and to
register online, visit

2012 Conference Goals
Counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and
family therapists, and other mental health professionals
within and outside of the United States will:
• Earn continuing education credit for licensure and play
therapy credentialing purposes.
• Learn more about play therapy research, theories, and
techniques, and how play can help them to better
communicate with and treat developmentally
appropriate clients, particularly children.
• Browse exhibits for play therapy books and videos, toys
and games, and other products and services.
• Attend special receptions, forums, and other activities.
• Play and network with those who practice, teach,
research, and supervise play therapy.


Join the Association for Play Therapy Today!

Join NOW by clicking on the Play Therapy logo below!

Click above to learn how to become a Credentialed Registered Play Therapist & Registered Play Therapist Supervisor today!



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