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UCF Center for Play Therapy Research and Training 2nd Annual Play Therapy C...

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University of Central Florida

Morgridge International Reading Center

4143 Andromeda Loop

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Join us for this interactive, advanced play therapy workshop! During the two-day conference, participants will gain valuable knowledge that will be additive to their play therapy toolbox. Dr. Dee Ray will go beyond the basics on play therapy. She will inform practitioners about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) roles and effects while identifying strategies to treat children, teach attendees common themes in play therapy to conceptualize progress, and actively engage participants in using skills learned to incorporate immediately into their practice.

Day One: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Child-Centered Play Therapy

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic experiences that occur in a child’s life prior to the age of 18, such as abuse or negative environmental conditions. ACEs may include neglect, abuse, poverty, domestic violence, and parental disruption, among other environmental traumas. Research indicates that when children experience multiple ACEs, there is a higher likelihood of mental health disorders, substance abuse, and physical ailments. Agarwal (2015) found that ACEs increased risks of emotional challenges and disruptive behaviors in children, with the number of ACEs correlated with severity of various psychiatric and physical disorders. The effects ACEs have on children increase if the experiences are reoccurring, chronic, or there are multiple experiences (Agarwal, 2015). Grasso et al. (2016) found that the earlier events occur, the more likely children are to present with post-traumatic stress symptoms.

This workshop will build on previous APT education session regarding the process of CCPT with children who experienced multiple ACEs. Using the most recent resources and latest play therapy research with ACEs, this workshop will inform play therapists about the role and effects of ACEs, the relationship between ACEs and trauma, and how play therapists can respond most effectively to children who have experienced multiple ACEs, specifically using therapeutic relationship to address attachment and resilience. The presenter has engaged in an ongoing research agenda related to the effects of ACEs on child behavioral problems and development, as well as the impact of child-centered play therapy for children who have experienced multiple ACEs.

Objectives for ACE workshop:

  1. Participants will be able to define adverse childhood experiences and list 4 possible ACEs.
  2. Participants will be able to identify two ways ACEs affect brain development.
  3. Participants will be able to list 3 CCPT skills that positively impact children with ACEs.
  4. Participants will be able to identify 3 modifications to CCPT to uniquely treat children with ACEs.
  5. Participants will be able to identify two educational points to review with parents of children who have experienced multiple ACEs.
  6. CEUs: 6

Day Two: Playful Meanings: Understanding Patterns & Themes in Play Therapy

In Child-Centered Play Therapy, the healing factor is identified as the relationship between play therapist and child. Relationship is based on clear communication between therapist and child, yet the child communicates through play. This workshop will offer a process for identifying common themes in play therapy that will help the play therapist learn to communicate more effectively with the child in session and with parents and schools outside of session. The presenter will lead the participant through a systematic method of identification and use of themes to enhance the play therapy process. Additionally, the presenter will actively engage the participant in using theme skills for practice immediately upon completion of the workshop. In addition, the workshop will facilitate skills on how to use play themes to determine therapeutic progress and ascertain the need for termination.

Objectives for Playful Meanings workshop:

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 20 possible themes in play therapy
  2. Participants will identify the three main components of identifying themes.
  3. Participants will be able to match themes with observed play.
  4. Participants will learn to communicate themes through responses in play sessions.
  5. Participants will learn to communicate themes to parents in parent consultations.
  6. CEUs: 6

About the Facilitator:

Dr. Dee Ray

Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Counseling Program and Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Dr. Ray has published over 100 articles, chapters, and books in the field of play therapy, specializing in research specifically examining the process and effects of Child Centered Play Therapy. Dr. Ray is author of A Therapist’s Guide to Development: The Extraordinarily Normal Years, Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice, Child Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual, and co-author of Group Play Therapy and Child Centered Play Therapy Research. She is a founding board member and past president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, as well as current board member of the Association for Play Therapy. She is founding editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, American Counseling Association Fellow, and recipient of the American Counseling Association Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award, Association for Humanistic Counseling Educator Award, Association for Play Therapy Outstanding Research Award, Top 25 Women Professors in Texas Award, and many others. Dr. Ray supervises counseling services to community clients at her university clinic and leads a school outreach program providing play therapy to hundreds of children each year.

Two day conference registration:

  • Professionals: $250
  • ACA/APT members: $215
  • Students: $130

One day conference registration:

  • Professionals: $135
  • ACA/APT members: $120
  • Students: $75
*Refunds available through March 31, 2019; one day conference registration may be applied to two day conference fees through March 31, 2019 only.

Conference Hotel

Courtyard Orlando East/UCF Area

12000 Collegiate Way

Orlando, FL 32817

Conference group rate: $129/night (includes breakfast)

(Book by May 9, 2019 to secure the special conference rate)

Book your group rate for UCF Play Therapy Conference

Guests may also call the hotel directly at 407-277-7676 and book with a Front Desk agent. Request the UCF Play Therapy group rate.


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