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    • 16 Aug 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Childhelp, 2120 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Addressing Intimate Partner Violence with Children in Play Therapy

    Presented by Angela Catena, Ph.D., LMHC

    This workshop explores the effects of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on children, attachment styles, and caregiver relationships. Basic statistics addressing the prevalence of IPV exposure and effects on children will be discussed and interventions, both introductory and advanced, will be introduced to use in conjunction with already existing play therapy methods. A case study will be introduced and participants will discuss incorporating new skills into their existing practice.         


    Participants will:

    • gain a better understanding of the prevalence of intimate partner violence, its effects on children, and how this may be displayed in the play room
    • receive guidelines suggested by the American Counseling Association, including best practices, for play therapists working with children who have encountered IPV
    • learn how to incorporate various approaches into their play therapy repertoire when working with children exposed to IPV within the home.
    • learn how to adapt the Social Information Processing Model of Trauma to meet the needs of their children clients in play therapy sessions after being exposed to IPV.
    • become more familiar with resources and services available for children and families of IPV.

    Level of training: Foundational

    2 CEUs toward the Techniques/Methods Content Requirement

    About our presenterAngela Catena is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University.  Her areas of interest include professional identity development and advocacy, LGBT issues in counseling, and working with individuals affected by intimate partner violence. 

    AZAPT Members $35

    NonMembers $45

    Check in at the door begins at 6:00 p.m.

    AZAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. Our provider number is 97-035. AZAPT maintains responsibility for the program.

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, Cortez Clinic, 505 S. Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303

    Sensory Processing and Trauma: A Handful of Play Activities
    Presented by Juliet Fortino, MC, LPC, RPT-S

    Come explore an overview of Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Disorder. This training will explore how sensory behaviors manifest in the play room. This course will cover how trauma impacts sensory functioning and the behaviors exhibited for these children in the play therapy setting. Sensory-based play therapy activities will be explored for use in the play room.

    Level of Training: Foundational/Intermediate

    About our presenter: Juliet Fortino, MC, LPC, RPT-S works with Children and Families involved with CPS and the various child mental health agencies in the Tucson community in a private practice setting. She has 17 years experience working with child trauma, abuse, attachment, and play therapy. Juliet is the current president of the Arizona Association for Play Therapy. Her practice is in Tucson.


    Participants will be able to:

    1. Understand sensory processing and the how dysfunction manifests in behaviors seen in the play therapy room.
    2. Understand the relationship between trauma and sensory processing and the impact this has on play therapy.
    3. Learn the general types of sensory processing and it's use and function in children's bodies and how this impacts a play therapist.
    4. Explore strategies and techniques that you can utilize in the play room when working with children with sensory processing difficulties.

    All are welcome!

    The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. 

    3 CEU's

    ***Registration at the door begins at 8:45 a.m.***

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    • 9 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Childhelp, 2120 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Culture, Metaphor & Play: Finding Resilience through the Storms

    Presented by Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D.

    Trauma and attachment have been major focuses in our field of child, adolescent, and family play therapy in recent years. However, one area often overlooked is the Socio-cultural view of trauma and attachment and how "historical oppression" has impacted healing children, adolescents, and families. Utilizing the principles of the resiliency-focused StoryPlay model, this experiential play therapy workshop will provide participants with a socio-cultural lens through which to expand their ability to develop and utilize culturally respectful metaphors and creativity into their play therapy practice. Through individual and group exercises along with discussions, participants will explore their own beliefs, spirituality, cultures of origin, stories, and traditions, and how they impact the Play Therapy work that they do with their clients. Additionally, in light of the natural and man-made disasters in recent years, two “culturally collaborative” models will be presented that have been used for community healing. Inherent in these models are philosophies of Milton H. Erickson, Native American, Hawaiian, and other trans-cultural teachings.

    Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

    • Learn how to develop a positive therapeutic attachment in the first play therapy session.
    • Identify five cultural elements that impact our work as Play Therapists.
    • Utilize cultural values to create a collage or sand tray in the play therapy session.
    • Create a storytelling metaphor that can be used with children and adolescents dealing with Historical trauma.
    • Learn one cultural StoryCraft that can promote healing in play therapy.

    Level of training: Intermediate

    3 CEUs toward the Techniques/Methods Content Requirement

    About our presenterFounder of StoryPlay® Global, award-winning Play Therapist, author of eight books, and considered an expert in metaphorical interventions, Dr. Joyce Mills is an internationally recognized storyteller, consultant, workshop leader, program development specialist, and keynote speaker to medical, psychological, and educational organizations. With “resiliency” and “creativity” at its heart, Dr. Mills developed StoryPlay®, a new Ericksonian Indirective model of Play Therapy helping children, adults, families, and communities heal from trauma and disaster.  In addition to her training programs, Dr. Mills is in private practice and the director of The StoryPlay® Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, Co-Director of the Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therapy and Adjunct Professor at Argosy University – Phoenix. Dr. Mills is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a registered Play Therapy Supervisor, and on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Turtle Island Project.  Her books include: Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within (Second Edition); Reconnecting to the Magic of Life; Butterfly Wisdom; Little Tree, Gentle Willow; and Sammy the Elephant and Mr. Camel

    AZAPT Members $45

    NonMembers $55

    Check in at the door begins at 8:40 a.m.

    AZAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. Our provider number is 97-035. AZAPT maintains responsibility for the program.

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