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VAPT Annual Conference

Join us for the Virginia Association for Play Therapy 2023 Annual Conference in Richmond!

By Virginia Association for Play Therapy

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Date and time

May 5 · 8am - May 6 · 4:15pm EDT


Virginia Commonwealth University 907 Floyd Avenue Richmond, VA 23284

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  • 1 day 8 hours
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Day 1: Friday, May 5, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Title: Multicultural Play Therapy: How to Intentionally Design Your Play Therapy Practices and Environment for Cultural Opportunities

This workshop involves interactive exploration applying concepts of cultural humility, cultural comfort, and cultural opportunities in play therapy. This presentation will also address the therapist’s responsibility for providing an environment of inclusivity – the playroom. Dr. Ray will offer steps and materials for best practices to ensure children of multiple intersectional identities feel a sense of safety and belonging in the playroom. Using activities and real-life case examples, Dr. Ray offers practical guidance to engage in cultural opportunities for procedures, play sessions, and parent consultations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define cultural humility, cultural comfort, and cultural opportunities.
  2. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 new structural modifications to their practice for greater cultural inclusivity.
  3. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 responsive techniques to engage in cultural opportunities with children and parents.
  4. Participants will be able to define a multicultural playroom
  5. Participants will identify 7 ways a play therapist can ensure the playroom is culturally-inclusive
  6. Participants will be able to identify toys and materials that are culturally-inclusive and culturally-questionable in the playroom

Continental Breakfast and Lunch included.

This program offers 6.00 contact hours with full attendance required. For complete information on CE credit, see our website at:

Day 2: Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Title: Ultimate Partnership in Play Therapy: Processes and Concepts to Make Your Parent Consultations More Effective

Play therapists often cite working with parents or caretakers as the most challenging aspect of counseling with children. Partnering with parents starts from the first marketing outreach and extends to session-to-session support and education. This workshop will provide play therapists with practices, processes, and skill concepts to use with parents to support children’s progress in play therapy.

Diversity: The presenter seeks to operate from an attitude of cultural humility. In addition to a keen awareness of cultural personal and systemic bias, the presenter integrates the salience of culture in working with parents throughout the workshop through awareness exercises related to bias, modifying concepts various cultural groups, recognizing intersectionality of family and individual identities, and encouraging participants to embrace cultural opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List at least 2 marketing techniques for getting parents on board with play therapy
  2. Describe essential components to a first play therapy consultation
  3. Apply introduction to play therapy techniques for parents
  4. List and describe steps to successful ongoing parent consultations
  5. List and describe at least eight teaching concepts for parents that support child’s play therapy progress.
  6. Apply tools to effectively teach parents play therapy concepts

Continental Breakfast and Lunch included.

This program offers 6.00 contact hours with full attendance required. For complete information on CE credit, see our website at:

VAPT has a sleeping room block at the Delta Hotels Marriott for $159/night or The Graduate Richmond for $199/night.


Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Presentation : 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (includes break)

Lunch: 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Presentation: 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (includes break)

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 15, 2023. 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.


This program is co-sponsored by the Virginia Association for Play Therapy and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program on May 5-6, 2023, 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 $30.00, 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:

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.

Psychology: Not Offered.

Counseling / MFT: For counselors seeking CE credit, The Institute for Continuing Education will submit a co-sponsorship application to NBCC for this program. This website will be updated regarding accreditation by NBCC.

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.

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

Dee C. Ray, Ph.D, LPC-S, RPT-S™, CCPT-S/T, CPRT-S/T is Regents Professor and Elaine Millikan Mathes Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Counseling Program and Co-Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Dr. Ray has published over 150 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 Multicultural Play Therapy, Group Play Therapy, and Child Centered Play Therapy Research. Most recently, Dr. Ray published her book on education, Playful Education: Using Play Therapy Strategies to Elevate Your Classroom which focuses on the significance of teacher-child relationships in the language of play. She is a founding board member and past president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, as well as current chair of the board for 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. Dr. Ray also co-created and oversees the international certification program for Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy. Dr. Ray additionally operates the counseling practice, EmpathyWell, in Highland Village, TX where she facilitates play therapy, training, and supervision.

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