Fall 2016 Conference
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.
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.
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 a4pt.org.
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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 www.a4pt.org.
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 NOW by clicking on the Play Therapy logo below!
Welcome to the new WV APT website!
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