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Upcoming Seminars

Welcome to the Institute for Play Therapy! We hope you will take a look at our upcoming seminars and consider joining us in learning from one of our excellent speakers. Although we highly value the benefit of in-person trainings, we also periodically provide online trainings that meet APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy: It's More than Just Worksheets

Lisa Remey

Speaker: Lisa Remey, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, IPT-CST

Date: Friday, July 7, 2023

Time: 9am - 4:30pm CST (in person at TXST)

CE Credit: 10 hours (6 contact; 4 non-contact)

This seminar will explore the foundations of cognitive behavioral play therapy (CBPT), applying the basic tenants of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to play therapy sessions.  CBT is historically an empirically supported approach yet is often challenged regarding its effectiveness when working with children.  This seminar will identify common misconceptions regarding cognitive-behavioral play therapy while applying developmental theory to work with children and adolescents. Therapists will explore and learn how to integrate CBPT theory in their play therapy sessions. Play therapy techniques for early childhood through adolescence will be the focus. Training will consist of assigned reading, lecture, case examples, discussion, and experiential learning to increase understanding of play therapy through a cognitive behavioral lens.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify three myths of CBT and how they are related to CBPT
  2. Discuss and apply developmental theory and considerations when using CBPT with children and adolescents
  3. Describe how thoughts, feelings and behavioral concepts are reflected, modeled and integrated in play therapy session using both directive and nondirective approach
  4. List 5 cognitive behavioral play therapy techniques
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of aspects to consider in selecting cognitive behavioral play therapy interventions
  6. Identify 3 ways to bring awareness to cognitions in a play therapy session


Tentative Schedule: 

  • 9am-10am - Foundations of CBPT
  • 10am-11am - Myths and Facts of CBPT
  • 11am-11:15am - Break
  • 11:15am-12:15pm - Child Development & CBPT
  • 12:15pm-1:15pm - Lunch
  • 1:15-2:15 - Directive and Nondirective CBPT
  • 2:15-3:15 - CBPT Facilitative Responses & Techniques
  • 3:15-3:30 - Break
  • 3:30-4:30 CBPT Techniques, Q&A

Supporting Gender Expansive Children in Play Therapy

Dr. Kimberly Jayne

Speaker: Kimberly Jayne, PhD, LPC (OR), LPCC (NM), NCC, RPT-S

Date: Friday, August 18, 2023

Time: 1pm - 4pm CST (online via Zoom)

CE Credit: 4 hours (3 live webinar; 1 non-contact)

Gender identity development is a dynamic process that impacts children in and out of play therapy. Through this workshop, participants will explore how gender identity develops in childhood and intersects with other identities and cultural experiences. Play therapists will identify how they may create and sustain a gender-affirming play therapy practice. Participants will build knowledge and skills to support and advocate for an expansive web of gender identities and expression through intentional use of language, toys and materials, therapeutic responses, and play therapy interventions. Beyond the playroom, play therapists will learn to how to work effectively with families to support gender-expansive and transgender children.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to describe key concepts and experiences related to gender identity development in childhood.
  2. Participants will be able to identify attitudes, language, processes, toys, materials, and therapeutic responses and interventions that support and affirm children’s gender identity development in play therapy.
  3. Participants will be able to apply knowledge and skills for working and advocating effectively with families to support gender-expansive and transgender children.


Tentative Schedule: 

  • 1-1:40 - Introduction, acknowledgements, activity
  • 1:40-3:00 - Lecture and discussion
  • 3-3:10 - Small group activity
  • 3:10-3:50 - Lecture & discussion
  • 3:50-4:00 - Q&A, additional resources

Cancellation Policy

Nonrefundable fees: There is a $35 nonrefundable fee for administrative costs associated with processing each payment. 

Cancellations: Written cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the training will receive a refund minus the nonrefundable fee. Cancellations within two weeks of the training, after the training, or no shows will not receive a refund.

The Institute for Play Therapy reserves the right to cancel a seminar if there are fewer than 8 participants registered as of 14 days before the start of the seminar. In the case of cancellation, we will refund registration fees in full or the participant can choose to apply funds towards an alternate seminar.

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