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VAPT 2022 Spring Conference

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Delta Hotels Richmond Downtown

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Richmond, VA 23219

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Spring 2022 Conference

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Session #1: Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Play Therapy Group Supervision (separate registration required)

Presenters: Kristie Opiola, PhD, LPC, Registered Play Therapist™ and Quinn Smelzer, PhD, LPC, Registered Play Therapist™

This group supervision is an opportunity for participants to present clinical cases in relation to childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences. This presentation will allow for engaging discussion and supervision with Drs. Kristie Opiola and Quinn Smelser, both experts in provision of play therapy with childhood trauma. Please come with specific supervision questions for discussion with Drs. Opiola and Smelser. Depending on the cases, two or three cases will be discussed. If you would like to present a case, contact Dr. Maggie Parker (mmparker@gwu.com) after you have registered, in order to discuss your case and get guidelines for the presentation. Presenters are encouraged to email videotape, pictures of sand trays, or art work (with client permission). A maximum of 40 people for this supervision. First come, first serve.

Kristie Opiola, PhD,LPC, Registered Play Therapist™ is an assistant professor at UNC Charlotte, researcher, licensed clinical mental health counselor, and registered play therapist who specializes in play therapy with children and families who have experienced trauma and relational disruptions. She has over 9 years of experience helping parents, teachers, and caregivers. Prior to being a counselor, Kristie has 14 years as a Child Life Specialist working with children and families experiencing acute medical issues.

Quinn K. Smelser, PhD, NCC, LPC, Registered Play Therapist™ is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Loyola University Maryland where she teaches school counseling students and will begin offering play therapy courses. She has published book chapters and articles on play therapy, family therapy, ethical practice, animal-assisted counseling, and spirituality. Quinn presents at conferences nationally on issues relating to ethical practice, child-centered play therapy, trauma informed care for children, LGBT and gender identity, grief and loss, and spirituality. She has specialized play therapy and trauma training and is also a Registered Play Therapist and National Certified Counselor.

Play Therapy Group Supervision with 2 hours of Play Therapy Supervision with full attendance required.

For complete information on CE credit, see our website at: www.vaptplay.org

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Session #2: Friday, May 6, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Healing Attachment and Trauma Wounds Using Expressive Therapies

Presenter: Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™

Attachment and trauma theories present a case for understanding that traumatically held memories, especially those involving caregivers, need to be handled with certain care. Expressive therapies, at their core, present natural opportunities for such trauma-sensitive treatment planning. Attention to material selection and expressive techniques can be used to enhance trauma-informed and relationally-sensitive concepts. This workshop will address these ideas while giving participants ample time for experiential practice.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the trauma-sensitive components of expressive play therapy
  2. Identify considerations for creating a trauma-sensitive expressive play space in your play therapy room
  3. List at least three ways to establish safety in the therapeutic relationship using expressive play therapy
  4. Create trauma-informed treatment plans for expressive play therapy
  5. Discuss play therapy methods for processing different creative art approaches that feature trauma elements
  6. Discuss person of the play therapist themes relevant to maintaining deep trauma work with clients

Continuing Education: This program offers 6.00 contact hrs. with full attendance required. For complete information on CE credit, see our website at: www.vaptplay.org

Continental Breakfast and Lunch included.

08:00 - 09:00 a.m. Registration

09:00 - 12:15 p.m. Morning Session (15 min. Break)

12:15 - 01:15 p.m. Lunch (VAPT Annual Meeting)

01:15 - 04:30 p.m. Afternoon Session Continued (15 min. Break)

Session #3: Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Containment and Grounding in Sand-Based Play Therapy

Speaker: Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S,

This training will overview opportunities for utilizing containment and grounding strategies with common sandtray-based play therapy tools and techniques. Being proficient in regulation strategies allows therapists from all clinical theory backgrounds to assist clients in titrating nervous system ebbs and flows, resulting in wider windows of tolerance. Special attention will be given to noticing how dissociation can present in play therapy and relational methods for being with this nervous system state.

Objectives:

  1. Describe and regulation theory through the lens of play therapy constructs
  2. Explain the concepts of window of tolerance through the lens of play therapy constructs
  3. Discuss polyvagal theory as relevant to play therapy
  4. Describe how dissociation may present in play therapy
  5. Discuss sand-based play therapy techniques for implementing containment work with clients
  6. Discuss sand-based play therapy techniques for implementing grounding work with clients

Continuing Education: This program offers 6.00 contact hrs. with full attendance required. For complete information on CE credit, see our website at: www.vaptplay.org

Continental Breakfast and Lunch included.

08:00 - 08:30 a.m. Registration

08:30 - 11:45 a.m. Morning Session (15 min. Break)

11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:45 - 04:00 p.m. Afternoon Session Continued (15 min. Break)

VAPT has a block of rooms for $159.00 USD per night. Click here to make your room reservation. Reservations must be booked by April 15, 2022.

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 April 30, 2022. 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.

An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 and its variants exists in any public place where people are present. Covid-19 is an extremely dangerous disease that can lead to severe illness and death. While people of all ages and health conditions have been adversely affected by Covid-19, certain people have been identified by public health authorities as having greater risk based on age and/or underlying medical conditions. No precautions can completely eliminate the risk of exposure to Covid-19. Attendees of VAPT events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19 and its variants, and are advised to undertake precautions deemed necessary, to include those recommended by the CDC and the State of Virginia.

Continuing Education: This program is co-sponsored by the Virginia Association for Play Therapy and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program on May 6-7, 2022, offers a total of 12.00 contact hours (6.00 hrs. per day). Full attendance is required for the days you attend. The CE processing fee is $25.00, payable with the return of completed CE documents. CE application forms and other materials will be available on site. If you have questions regarding the program, continuing education, learning objectives, faculty, or grievance issues, 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: The Institute for Continuing Education is not sponsoring the case consultation session, May 5, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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. Not all sessions may be approved for psychology. Non-credit workshops will be clearly noted in the CE packet received at the Conference.

Counseling / MFT: For counselors seeking CE credit, The Institute for Continuing Education will submit a co-sponsorship application to NBCC for this program.

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

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. Not all sessions are approved nursing CE credit.

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, case examples, large and small group discussion


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Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™ lives in the Austin, Texas, area and has over 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of mental health settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, and attachment-informed family work around the globe. In addition to maintaining a small clinical practice, Marshall also conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals who are pursuing EMDR certification and RPT status, often with a particular focus on the use of sandtray therapy. Marshall has published in professional journals and magazines in addition to contributing to the books Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment and EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach. Marshall has also co-authored a book titled Advanced Sandtray Therapy.

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