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  JUNE 17 - 18, 2016

  East Stroudsburg University

Conference Schedule


Friday, June 17, 2016      Diane Frey presents "Play Therapy Interventions with Adolescents and Adults"

Saturday, June 18, 2016  Attendees choose a morning workshop and an afternoon workshop


8: 00 AM  -   8:45 AM      Registration / Vendors open

8: 45  AM –   9:00 AM     Welcome and Announcements

9:00   AM – 10:30 AM     Morning Session

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM     Break / Vendors open

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM     Morning Session continues

12:15 PM –   1:45 PM     Lunch Break / PA APT General Board Meeting (Friday) / Vendors open

1:45   PM –   3:15 PM     Afternoon Session

3:15   PM –   3:30 PM     Break / Vendors open

3:30   PM –   5:00 PM     Afternoon Session continues


About Diane Frey


Dr. Diane Frey is Professor Emeritus at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she is also a psychologist in private practice. Over the past 46 years she has used play therapy with clients ranging in age from 2-85.
Dr. Frey has served on the board of the Association for Play Therapy and has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Play Therapy. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy.
Dr. Frey is the author, co-author of 17 books and has written numerous chapters on play therapy.
An internationally recognized speaker and consultant, Dr. Frey has lectured on a variety of play therapy topics.
Dr. Frey is a native of Pennsylvania and she is looking forward to meeting with the Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy!



18th Annual Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy Conference: 

Growing Up With Play Therapy



              Friday, June 17, 2016


              Six-Hour Workshop: 

              Title:  Play Therapy Interventions with Adolescents and Adults

              Presenter: Diane E. Frey, Ph.D., RPT-S




Play therapy provides an alternative intervention that captures the desire of human beings to be expressive, regardless of their age.  This presentation describes some of the lifelong benefits of play, demonstrates different modalities that can be used, including music, art, sand play, journaling, puppets, and board games and cards, and involves the audience in practicing the playful techniques that they can incorporate into their own work.


Participants will:


  1. identify at least two developmental tasks of adolescence and adulthood that are likely to respond to the use of expressive techniques in play therapy

  2. identify at least five demographics and presenting problems of adolescents and adults that are suitable for intervention with expressive play therapy

  3. determine what sorts of toys and materials are most appropriate for use with adolescents and adults

  4. learn characteristics of individual clients and presenting problems that may contraindicate the use of expressive play therapy

  5. participate in role plays and use of techniques to enhance their learning



Saturday, June 18, 2016

AM Three-Hour Workshops












AM 1 - Adapting Popular Games to Play Therapy Techniques 

Presenter: Diane E. Frey, Ph.D., RPT-S


There are many helpful purposes for games in therapy:  build rapport, increase tolerance for frustration, help in decision making or problem solving, and give the therapist opportunity to offer positive reinforcement.  In this workshop, participants learn the rationale for adapting at least 20 popular games into play therapy techniques, create adaptations to games, and learn to identify appropriate populations and presenting problems for game play.  


Participants will:


  1. identify appropriate popular games for adaption into play therapy techniques and demonstrate understanding of best ways to adapt those games

  2. be able to name at least 6 positive outcomes from using adaptations popular games in play therapy

  3. determine what populations and presenting problems are most likely to respond to game play in therapy




AM 2 - That’s A Fantastic Idea: Activities for Family Play Therapy

Presenter: Jacqueline L. George, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT



Play therapy offers an opportunity for every family member, including the youngest children, to identify and express their feelings in healthy ways and to work though difficult issues. Combining family therapy with play therapy ensures that everyone within the family is able to participate in ways that are meaningful to each.  This workshop looks at specific areas that many families struggle with (i.e., teamwork, holding grudges, divorce) and activities for each area are identified.



Participants will:


  1. be able to name at least 15 benefits of family play therapy

  2. engage in activities designed for family play therapy

  3. identify family play therapy activities to address a variety of treatment concerns



AM 3 - The Impact of Gender in Play Therapy with Young Children

Presenter: Kristy A. Brumfield, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S


This presentation will present up-to-date information on the impact of gender on early childhood, specifically on the impact of cultural gender norms and their effect on psychosocial and emotional development. Many characteristics attributed to gender are learned rather than biologically determined.  When discussing girls, the book Cinderella Ate My Daughter will be used to critically review the pop cultural resurgence of princesses on the psychosocial and emotional development of girls.


Participants will:


  1. describe the impact of fairy tales and “princess” movies on the wellness of girls and their families

  2. describe the impact of cartoons, “rough and tumble play,” and the use of aggressive toys on wellness in boys and their families

  3. identify potential benefits of identification with gender-specific playthings, including strengths and weaknesses of gender stereotyped toys in play therapy

  4. discuss pop culture’s effects on children and adolescents, family, and the counseling profession



Saturday, June 18, 2016

PM Three-Hour Workshops:













PM 1 - Play Therapy with Couples

Presenter: Kristy A. Brumfield, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S


Play therapy is not just for little kids!  The power of play can be transformative in the lives of adults and research supports the likelihood that play therapy with couples is an ideal intervention for couples that are open to the process.  Further, research supports that play can improve well being, increase self-esteem, and relieve stress. Play therapy is also a natural and gentle environment, which can increase the couple’s empathy for, and intimacy with one another.



Participants will:


  1. describe the impact of playfulness in the lives of couples

  2. identify potential benefits of play therapy with adult clients

  3. identify specific play and creative strategies to be used in sessions and given as homework to help couples regain the “joy” in their marriages

  4. discuss their own experiences and reluctance related to the use of play therapy with adult clients (especially couples)



PM 2 - Picture This, Picture That: Using Photojournaling in Play Therapy to Process Reactions to Race Based Topics

Presenter: Tina R. Paone, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S


Reactions to controversial topics, such as racial oppression, often emerge due to a disbelief that racism continues to exist in our society or are rooted in clients’ fears of discovering, or exposing to others, their own learned racism. Empirical evidence supports the importance of processing reactions to race-related topics that can truncate growth.Using photo journaling to process these reactions can be powerful, meaningful, and bring to light resistance that might have gone unnoticed by the practitioner or client.



Participants will:

  1. learn a creative way to help process emotional reactions to race-based topics through the use of photojournaling, a nonverbal method of processing though the use of pictures and narratives

  2. gain understanding in the specific use of photojournaling in play therapy

  3. learn ways in which they can incorporate photojournaling with clients to address a variety of issues through play therapy



PM 3 - A Touch of Play in a Busy World: Being Child-Centered in Play Therapy Supervision and Training

Presenter: Debra A. Doubrava, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S


This workshop explores how adding a touch of child-centered play to supervision and training services is not only fun, but critical to facilitate self-care, introspection, and bonding for clinicians. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss how they feel about the pace of their own lives and self-care regime.  We will use playful and creative techniques to foster authentic and compassionate ways of being with one another both within the workshop and in your own professional roles.


Participants will:


  1. identify three basic humanistic principles and the role they played in the foundation of Axline’s Eight basic principles of child-centered play therapy (1947)

  2. discuss the need for child-centered ways of being in a fast paced world

  3. explore how the simplistic philosophy of being child-centered is helpful to role-model self care and compassion as a play therapy supervisor or trainer

  4. practice playful and expressive activities that can be applied to their own professional roles to promote introspection and bonding for play therapists