A. LOVE is a Many-Splendored Thing: Recognizing and celebrating social diversity within family systems, LGBTQ+ clients, and humanistic play therapy service


Debra Doubrava, PhD., LPC, RPT-S

Participants will explore themes of awareness, acceptance, and love in socially inclusive psychoeducation and humanistic play therapy services with families who expand traditional views of the nuclear family and with LGBTQ+ clients who challenge binary ideas around sexuality and gender.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the differences between sex, gender, gender dysphoria, gender expression, and sexual orientation

  2. Examine common biases, misperceptions and stereotypes associated with these concepts in order to provide socially competent family and play therapy services

  3. Identify socially inclusive and affirming intake procedures, professional practices, psycho-educational and bibliotherapy resources that honor social diversity and LGBTQIA+ issues in play therapy services for all age

  4. Assess the use of Axline’s CCPT Principles and Kottman’s Crucial Cs in performing humanistic play therapy services that promote awareness and acceptance  within socially diverse families and clients with LGBT+ issues

B. Play Therapy with Children who Don’t Play – Treating Children on the Autism Spectrum


We learned that Dr. Yvonne Reedy, has been battling with a serious medical issue.  She has a lengthy recovery ahead of her and will therefore not be able to present at the conference this year. She sends her deepest regrets for not being able to conduct this workshop. She hopes to present this workshop at our next conference in April 2020.

Please join us in sending positive healing energy, well wishes and prayers for a full recovery and good health moving forward for our own Dr. Reedy.

Yvonne Reedy, PhD, RPT-S w/ co-presenter Penny Kline, LSW

Many children on the spectrum do not know how to play and do not understand empathic responding. This workshop will cover play therapy techniques designed to connect with children on the spectrum and will explore why they respond.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify symptoms of autism, with examples

  2. Explain which  play therapy interventions are likely to be successful in addressing specific symptoms of autism

  3. Design a prescriptive play therapy treatment plan to address the needs of hypothetical child working in small groups

C. Little Hands, Big Feelings: Play Therapy for Little People

Elizabeth Craft, LCSW, RPT-S

Some play therapists are a little uncomfortable working with very young children.  This workshop might just make those little ones your favorite populations!  Topics will include basic CCPT principles, working with parents, limit setting, mirroring and attunement, developmental theory, and sensory work. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and describe the developmental norms of 3-5 year olds and how these norms inform the play therapy process

  2. Examine, practice and demonstrate basic Child Centered Play Therapy skills such as reflecting feelings, tracking and limit setting

  3. Explain and practice skills of attunement and mirroring, and be able to describe why these skills are helpful to play therapy with small children

  4. Explain strategies of working with parents of small children in the play therapy setting, and  create a plan to implement this knowledge into play therapy work with this population

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