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VAPT 2020 Spring Conference

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown

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Richmond, VA 23219

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Spring 2020 Conference

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Session #1: Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Registration: 5:30 p.m. | Snack Included

3 Hours of Play Therapy Supervision, full attendance required.

Play Therapy Group Supervision with Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S, ATR

Dr. Gil is a lecturer, writer, and clinician of marriage, family and child. She is on the board of a number of professional counselling organizations that use play and art therapies, and she is the former president of the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Dr. Gil is the senior partner of the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also the director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy based in northern Virginia.

This group supervision is an opportunity for participants to present clinical cases with specific supervision questions for discussion by Dr. Gil. Depending on the cases, able to two or three cases will be discussed. If you would like to present a case, contact Dr. Gil (elianagil@me.com) after you have registered, in order to discuss your case and get guidelines for the presentation. Presenters are encouraged to bring in videotape, pictures of sand trays, or art work (with client permission). A maximum of 40 people for this supervision. First come, first serve.

A certificate for the Supervision Session will be issued by Dr. Gil to participants at the end of the session

Session #2: Friday, March 27, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

CE credit: 6 hours, full attendance required.

Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Working with Traumatized Children: Integrated, Trauma-informed Approaches Using Play and Expressive Therapies

Presenter: Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S, ATR

This workshop will provide participants with current information regarding how to work with traumatized children using an integrated, trauma-informed model, guided by current scientific knowledge as well as research. This integrated approach (called Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy) is relationship-based, employs a systemic lens, and values principles of child-centered play therapy, coupled with Herman’s treatment phasing, Perry’s sequential delivery, expressive techniques, as well as cognitive-behavioral methods. The goal of this workshop is to give participants a structured way of offering assessment and treatment services with the overriding goal of helping children restore a sense of control and mastery, either naturally through post-trauma play, or through guided activities designed to “tickle the defenses.” This approach is informed by a comprehensive assessment process, designed to identify the children’s support system, ensure a positive environment, and guide parents or caretakers to support the therapy process. This approach provides children with ample possibilities to communicate either through behavior, metaphor, symbol work, dramatic play, or verbal communication.

Lunch Included

Session #3: Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

CE credit: 3 hours, full attendance required.

Co-Regulation in Play Therapy: Harnessing the Power of Relational Neuroscience to Improve Your Practice

Presenters: Robin Wiley, LPC, RPT-S and Sarah Harig, LPC, RPT

Robin Wiley, LPC, Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor, has worked in a variety of settings including Residential Treatment programs as a mobile play therapist to children who had witnessed domestic violence to currently working for a local CSB and d she owns HeartSpace Counseling in Roanoke, VA. Heartspace is a group practice providing quality services to children, adolescents and their families.

Sarah Harig, LPC, Registered Play Therapist, currently works as a counselor at Family Service of Roanoke Valley in Roanoke, VA, a providing services to children, adolescents, and families. She also serves as the VAPT Roanoke and New River Valley Chapter Co-Chair and Adjunct Professor in the Counselor Education Department at Radford University.

Relational Neuroscience offers play therapists an important framework for understanding the brain in the context of relationships, bringing greater understanding about why play therapy works. This presentation will review current research in Relational Neuroscience and the ways in which play therapists can utilize this knowledge to confidently lean into allowing the relationship to facilitate the power of play therapy.

Lunch Included if Attending Both Morning and Afternoon Sessions

Session #4: Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

CE credit: 3 hours, full attendance required. Qualifies for Ethics CE’s.

Addressing Diversity in Ethical Decision Making: Utilizing the Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down to Explore and Apply Diverse Perspectives with Play Therapy

Presenter: Maggie Parker, Ph.D.

Maggie Parker is an Assistant Professor in Counseling and Human Development at the George Washington University, where she teaches Play Therapy, Ethics, and Child development. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Virginia Play Therapy Association, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Supervisor in Virginia, is a Child Centered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and is awaiting confirmation of her RPT-S.

This is an active and experiential session for play therapists regarding a scenario surrounding potential child abuse and neglect. Participants will be expected identify a course of action in response when working with play therapy clients. The presenter will guide the participants through steps included in ethical decision making models, such as gathering information, identifying stakeholders, discussion with peers, consultation with ethical codes, and legal statues in play therapy cases. Many ethical decision making models do not include cultural differences and considerations, and this presentation will highlight the many ways in which culture can influence clinicians understanding of ethical decisions, the family's experiences in counseling with identified issues, and the ways in which clinicians arrive at ethical decisions. The presenter will also introduce and reference throughout the presentation Garcia, Cartwright, Winston, and Bozuchowska's transcultural integrative model for ethical decision making in counseling to further examine the ways in which culture and ethics intertwine in play therapy.

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HANDOUTS: In an effort to reduce paper waste and be more “green,” our policy is to email all handouts. Please include a valid email address with your registration to receive the handouts.

PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for this conference, you are giving permission for VAPT to use any photographs that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as VAPT deems appropriate and desirable. Photographs may be used on the VAPT website, social media pages, and/or newsletter for any purpose. By completing the registration, you are also consenting to waive any rights to the photographs indefinitely. If you do not wish to have your photo used, it is your responsibility to notify VAPT of your request to be omitted.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than March 1, 2020. Cancellations are subject to $50 processing fee. Substitutions, allowing someone else to take your spot, may be made in writing for no additional cost. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.

Continuing Education: This program is co-sponsored by the Virginia Association for Play Therapy and The Institute for Continuing Education. The Conference offers a total of 12.00 contact hours (6.00 hrs. for March 27; 6.00 hrs. for March 28). The supervision session scheduled for March 26, 2019, offers 3.00 hrs. of APT supervision credit.

Continuing education credit is awarded on a daily basis, with full attendance required for the days attended. The CE processing fee is $30.00, for mental health professionals, and is payable at the time completed CE paperwork is submitted to The Institute for Continuing Education. Application forms and other required CE materials will be available on site. If you have questions regarding the program, continuing education learning objectives, presenters, contact The Institute at: 800-557-1950 / email: instconted@aol.com

NOTE: To receive continuing education credit, applicants must complete all CE materials, sign in/out at designated locations, and submit an evaluation form for the sessions attended. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if the Ethics Workshop scheduled for March 28th meets the regulations of their licensing/certification board for “ethics” hours. NOTE: Supervision Session: A certificate for the Supervision Session will be issued by Dr. Gil to participants at the end of the session.

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counseling/ MFT: The Institute for Continuing Education and Virginia Association for Play Therapy are co-sponsors of this program. This co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. The Institute for Continuing for g Education is an NBCC approved continuing education provider, No. 5643. The Institute for Continuing Education is solely responsible for this program and its content.

Social Work: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. This website will be updated regarding approvals.

Play Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. APT Approved Provider 98-040.

Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the California Board of Nursing, Provider CEP 12646. Nurses are responsible for checking with their state board to determine if credit issued through an approved provider of the CA Board of Nursing is acceptable by their state board.

Non-Credit Events: Breakfast, lunch, reception events, committee/business meetings, networking sessions.

Skills Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Instructional Methodology: May include lecture, demonstration, audio/visual, experiential practice of techniques, large and small group discussion.

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