Illinois Association for Play Therapy 3 Day Annual Conference

Illinois Association for Play Therapy 3 Day Annual Conference

Actions and Detail Panel

$110 – $385

Date and time

Location

Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

178 Forest Ave

Oak Park, IL 60301

View map

Refund policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

2022 IL-APT 3-Day Conference featuring Mary Ruth Cross, LMFT, NCC, RPT-S & Leslie Baker, LMFT, CGT, NCC, RPT-S

About this event

The Illinois Association for Play Therapy is excited to offer a three-day training opportunity for mental health practitioners and graduate students featuring Mary Ruth Cross, LMFT, NCC, RPT-S & Leslie Baker, LMFT, CGT, NCC, RPT-S . CEs will be available for Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Play Therapy* with 6 CEs offered for each day of attendance. Day 1 includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch and light snacks. Days 2 and 3 include continental breakfast and light snacks. Lunch breaks on days 2 and 3 make an excellent time to network with other therapists and check out our vendors. Don't miss out on this fantastic three-day conference for therapists presented by the Illinois Association for Play Therapy. Register today!

*Please note that play therapy credit is only awarded to mental health professionals.

Day 1: Suicide Assessment, Treatment & Prevention: Restoring Hope to Youth in Play Therapy

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | CE Hours: 6 contact hours

Workshop Description:

Participants will learn to assess for suicide risk applying integrated attachment-based play therapy treatment and suicide prevention tools. Participants will explore play-therapy interventions for assessment, treatment and prevention and ways to support the prevention and reduce suicidal behaviors.

Understanding how to assess for suicide risk, provide integrated attachment-based play therapy treatment and suicide prevention tools is crucial in assisting youths with the treatment and prevention of suicidality. It is often thought that suicide only affects adults however “the suicide rate increased for persons aged 10–19 years by 56% between 2007 - 2016". Results from the 2019 Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System show that 18.8% of high school students seriously considered attempting suicide. Studies indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with distress, anxiety, fear of contagion, depression and insomnia in the general population leading to increased mental health crisis. According to Leo Sher, (2020) research “the COVID-19 crisis may increase suicide rates during and after the pandemic. Play therapists and school counselors working with youth will focus on the use of integrated attachment-based play therapy approach. We will submit the basics of suicide prevention, assessment of suicide risk, and feature the use of play therapy interventions to assist youth in decreasing suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Play Therapy offers interventions to reach youth with a neuro-sequential developmental approach to healing brain trauma through the sequence of engagement developed by Dr. Bruce Perry, (2009). Participants will explore the use of play-therapy interventions, and expressive modalities with youth who suffer from suicidal ideation and other behaviors. This workshop will introduce play therapy interventions at each stage of the bottom-up approach. This workshop will review vulnerable populations including and how to assist all at risk youth with their unique needs.

Learning Objectives:

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

1- Describe 3 risk factors to identify suicidal behavior in youth in play therapy settings.

2- Describe 3 warning signs to identify suicidal behavior in youth in play therapy settings.

3- List 1 or more assessment tools for youth coping with suicidal thoughts/ideation and/or suicidal behaviors that can be integrated into play therapy.

4- List 2 or more play therapy -based prevention strategies for youth coping with suicidal thoughts/ideation and/or suicidal behaviors.

5- Examine and apply at least 3 play-based strategies for working with youth with suicidal ideation and/suicidal behaviors.

6- Identify at least 5 myths about assessment and treatment of suicidality in youth.

Theoretical Basis:

Prescriptive Play Therapy

Therapeutic Powers of Play Addressed:

This workshop focuses on the Therapeutic Powers of Play - Increasing personal strength. Working with youth to assess for suicide is a key in the prevention of suicidal behavior. Once we understand the risk level of a youth, we can implement play therapy interventions to take action from crisis intervention to treatment of suicidal ideation. Using the core agents of change within the therapeutic powers of play interventions will incorporate the following: increasing problem solving, resiliency, self-regulation and increasing self-esteem can all positively impact a youth's protective factors in the prevention of suicidality.

Day One Schedule

8:30AM -9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00AM - 12:00 PM Morning Session

12:00PM-12:30PM IL-APT Annual Business Meeting

12:00PM- 1:30PM Lunch Provided or Lunch on your own

1:30PM-4:30PM Afternoon Session

Day 2: Spark it up: Playful Approaches for the Treatment of Compassion Fatigue & Burnout for Play Therapists

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | CE Hours: 6 contact hours

Workshop Description:

It’s time to SPARK IT UP! Examining key indicators of burnout and compassion fatigue to treat and prevent burnout and compassion fatigue. Ignite the spark of self-care by applying research-based interventions; play therapy and expressive arts, creating effective play therapists.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented stress on the mental health of clients and therapists alike. It is challenging to not only provide quality care and treatment for clients but for the play therapist to prevent burnout and/or compassion fatigue they may be facing. An effective play therapist must be able to listen and attend deeply to clients’ painful narratives, how youth are acting and behaving, interpreting play behavior in the treatment room and understand the unique diversity that is presented. This attunement with the youth is necessary for effective therapy however without care, this can also cause compassion fatigue and/or burnout for a play therapist. Working with Non-Profits, insurance companies, schools and organizations that have lessening resources and offer fewer supports for counselors can contribute to burnout. These and other issues put play therapists at risk for developing burnout and/or compassion fatigue which in turn can increase the risk of creating harm to the client. This workshop provides assessments, indicators of burnout and compassion fatigue, applying play therapy-based interventions to treat and prevent burnout and/or compassion fatigue. We will incorporate play therapy and expressive arts throughout the workshop to re-ignite the spark within to remind us of the love for our work. This workshop will also review current research, law and ethics and diversity issues. We will examine current research on diversity in relation to compassion fatigue and burnout with a focus on understanding issues that are influenced by different categories of diversity such as age, gender, race and culture.

Learning Objectives:

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

1- Identify at least 3 indicators (behavioral, psychological and/or physical) for play therapist burnout and/or compassion fatigue.

2- Identify 2 assessment tools for the assessment for play therapist burnout and/or compassion fatigue.

3- Identify 3 play therapy - expressive art-based interventions for the treatment for play therapist burnout and/or compassion fatigue.

4- Apply 3 play therapy-based prevention strategies for burnout and compassion fatigue.

5- Identify 2 or more culturally specific concerns related to the identification and treatment of play therapist burnout and/or compassion fatigue

6- List 2 of the dimensions of the bio-psycho-socio-spirito-cultural model as applied to play therapy.

Theoretical Basis:

Integrative Play Therapy

Therapeutic Powers of Play Addressed:

Spark it up focuses on two of the powers of play Fostering Emotional Wellness and Increasing Personal Strengths. (Schaefer, C. E., & Drewes, A. A., 2014). Fostering emotional wellness includes applying some of the 20 core agents of change in this area. For example, Spark it up, includes the use of catharsis in a song/body movement intervention, which also creates positive emotions. Other play therapy interventions will include stress inoculation and stress management to prevent and manage burnout and compassion fatigue. Increasing personal strengths is demonstrated in the core agents of change from problem solving, discovering new ways to cope in a Play therapy practice, agency, or school setting, to learning tools to assist in self-regulation to manage the Stress Response System. As play therapists are able to increase personal strengths, they can increase self-esteem and resiliency in the prevention and coping skills for burnout and/or compassion fatigue so many face in the world of Covid-19.

Day Two Schedule

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Session

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch on your own

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon Session

Day 3: Expressive Therapies in Play Therapy: Integrating Self Expression into Play Therapy

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | CE Hours: 6 contact hours

Workshop Description:Play Therapy has been shown to be the most effective way to treat mental health issues in youth (Bratton et. Al.) Integrating play into our work with youth requires advanced training in specific areas such as: understanding developmental levels of play, integrating directive versus non-directive strategies, and understanding how to engage youth to explore all areas of themselves and their world. This workshop will explore expressive strategies for understanding and helping youth. This will be a highly interactive and experiential experience for all participants.

Children in therapy often have difficulty understanding emotions and verbalizing feelings. It is more common for children coping with difficulties to act out their feelings rather than express feelings appropriately. This can result in maladaptive behavior patterns and difficulty relating to others. Play therapists must draw upon alternative approaches to assist youth throughout the treatment process. Expressive therapies assist to establish trust, self-expression, abreaction, catharsis, stress management and many other key elements of a healing relationship. This workshop will provide an overview of creative approaches in play therapy including art, music, sandtray, drama, poetry. The expressive arts continuum allows the clinician to view the process of creating on different levels. Experiential hands-on activities will introduce the use of expressive therapies as applied in play therapy. Both direct and indirect methods will be addressed. Participants will partake in activities that include drawing, guided imagery, music, storytelling and metaphor, expressive digital interventions, puppetry. Comfortable clothing is suggested. Activities will occur as time permits.

Learning Objectives:

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

1- Identify at least 3 key components of the expressive arts continuum as applied to play therapy. 2- Utilize at least 3 strategies to help youth process and work with the expressive strategies they have created.

3- Identify 3 storytelling styles to aid youth in working through issues within play therapy.

4- Examine and apply at least 2 storytelling interventions to engage youth in expressing themselves in play therapy.5. Explore and apply at least 2 uses for collage within play therapy.

6- Identify 2 pros and 2 cons for the use of telehealth in play therapy and expressive therapies.

Theoretical Basis:

Prescriptive

Therapeutic Powers of Play Addressed:

Integrating expressive strategies within play therapy utilizes the therapeutic powers of play through fostering emotional wellness, enhancing social relationships, and increasing personal strengths. The creative process that is inherent in the expressive arts in play therapy allows for that which is hard to speak to be heard non-verbally. This deep level of self-expression helps to create change through creative problem solving with direct and indirect teaching and externalizing in a safe way what the unconscious process is thereby allowing the youth to improve self-esteem, garner empathy and improve social competence.

Day Three Schedule

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Session

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch on your own

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon Session

About our Speakers

Mary Ruth Cross, LMFT, NCC, RPT-S is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a National Board-Certified Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor. She has been in the field of mental health for over 30 years. Mary Ruth is the CEO/Owner of Treehouse Family Counseling Services in San Ramon, CA where she and her clinical staff work together using play therapy to address the problems of children, teens and their families. Mary Ruth is also the owner of Academy for Play Therapy Training where she provides clinical training in play therapy. Mary Ruth also supports the play therapy community through Cross Play Therapy Consulting where her tailor- made program supports clinicians working towards full credentialing as a play therapist through the Association for Play Therapy. Mary Ruth has been the President of the California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) as well as the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of CALAPT. She also serves on the Conference and Awards Committees for APT. Mary Ruth is co-author of a children's book called "Snug and Rug and the No Good Very Bad Thing". A story of soothing and calming after a traumatic event. “

Leslie Baker, MFT, NCC, RPT-S, is a licensed a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 30 years of experience in mental health. She is the owner/director of Therapy2Thrive® Marriage and Family Counseling Center, Inc. where she provides clinical services and supervision. She is a Certified Gottman Therapist. Leslie is author of Healing Feelings: A Healing Story for Children Coping with an Adult’s Mental Illness and co-author of Snug and Rug and the 'No Good Very Bad Thing' A story of coping, calming and courage for children. She is a guest author of ‘Therapy in the Digital Age’ in Integrating Technology into Modern Therapies: A Clinician’s Guide to Developments and Interventions edited by Jessica Stone, PhD. She is a local, national, and international speaker.

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Just a few miles west of Chicago’s Loop, in beautiful and historic downtown Oak Park, The Nineteenth Century Club is located on Forest Ave, just one half block from Lake Street and is within walking distance of the Green Line. A large public parking garage is adjacent to the Club for a reasonable price.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please reach out to our event coordinator Gloria M. Cockerill - ilaptvicepresident@gmail.com

What's the refund policy?

Refund of ticket price minus any service fees retained by our payment processor is available on or before July 14, 2022.

Continuing Education Information

The Illinois Association for Play Therapy is an authorized CE provider for: Association for Play Therapy* (APT Approved Provider #99-076); NBCC (ACEP # 5897); State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Social Workers (# 159.001204), Marriage & Family Therapists (#168.000234), and Counselors (#197.000278). ILAPT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

*Please note that play therapy credit is only awarded to mental health professionals.

Where can I stay during this event?

We have reserved a small block of rooms at The Carleton of Oak Park Hotel.

Please call the hotel directly at (708) 848-5000 to make reservations and mention the Group Name: IL Association for Play Therapy to receive the discounted rate. Reservations can't be made online to receive the group rate.

All reservations must be made by July 3, 2022 to receive the discount.

Share with friends

Save This Event

Event Saved