Annual Play Therapy Summer Institute

June 2-6, 2014

The NW Center for Play Therapy Studies is pleased to sponsor its annual Play Therapy Summer Institute workshops on June 2-6, 2014. For further information or a conference brochure, contact us at 503-554-6104 or email
5/30/14:  Monday's workshop is now full and registrations are no longer being accepted. 


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Dr. Sue Bratton

Monday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Within a humanistic, developmental, culturally-responsive, and evidence-based framework, participants will explore the use of play therapy for young children with a history of interpersonal trauma and attachment disruptions. Impact of preverbal trauma and insecure attachment due to abandonment, loss of a caregiver, family violence, and abuse will be highlighted. Neuroscience research and findings from the presenter's research and meta-analytic studies on the effects of play therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (a play-based approach for involving families in their child's therapy) will be summarized to provide a strong research rationale for the cross-cultural use of this integrated approach in school and community settings. Based on the presenter’s personal experience, specific skills and strategies for working with this population of children and their caregivers as well as cultural considerations will be demonstrated through video case examples.

Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S is Professor at The University of North Texas, Past President of the Association for Play Therapy, and Director of the UNT Center for Play Therapy with over 20 years of experience as a university professor, researcher, and clinician. Dr. Bratton is a nationally and internationally known speaker and author with over 60 publications in the areas of child counseling, play therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) including recently released two-DVD set, CPRT in Action. Her most recent books are Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model, Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual, Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Practitioners, and Integrative Play Therapy. Dr. Bratton is Past President of the Association for Play Therapy [APT], recipient of the APT 2007 Outstanding Research Award, the 2011 Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor Award, the 2013 ACA Best Practice Award, the 2013 AHC Humanistic Educator/ Supervisor Award, and the 2014 ACA Extended Research Award.

5/30/14:  Limited seats available. Email to confirm a seat prior to registering.


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Dr. Garry Landreth

Tuesday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This interactive and exploratory workshop will focus on a variety of seldom examined issues that emerge in play therapy relationships: Play therapy as a process of living out beliefs about a child rather than applying techniques, methods or skills; the play therapist as a person of commitment and passion; expectancy versus expectations; intangibles that impact possibilities and progress in play therapy; returning responsibility to children.  In this workshop, a way of Being With a child will be explored that transcends the circumstances of the child's life and touches the inner person of the child that is waiting to come forth and be experienced. This workshop will challenge you to look within and to examine your core beliefs about children and the therapeutic process.  Workshop activities will include experiential learning about yourself, videos of Dr. Landreth's play therapy sessions, and the art expressions of a child who was dying.

Garry L. Landreth, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, internationally recognized for his work promoting the development of child-centered play therapy, is a Regents Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counseling and founder of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Dr. Landreth presents internationally, and his more than 150 journal articles, books and videos include the 2014 DVD CPRT In Action: Four Couples In A CPRT Group, and the 2012 3rd edition of his award-winning book Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. Dr. Landreth’s other recent books are Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model and an accompanying Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual. His CPRT Model received the 2010 Best Practices in Parent/Family Education Award. Dr. Landreth is Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy (APT). He received the APT Lifetime Achievement Award, the APT Research Award, and the Virginia Axline Distinguished Professional Award for his work in conceptualizing and advancing the child-centered approach to play therapy. Dr. Landreth is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Roehampton in England.



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Dr. Dee Ray

Wednesday, June 4, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How do we know play therapy is working? How do we improve as play therapists? These are crucial questions in play therapy that will be addressed in this workshop. Participants learn to identify how a child progresses through play therapy, learn markers of progress and how to use these markers to help children progress more effectively through the play therapy process. Additionally, this workshop will address how play therapists develop and can be supervised over time to become more effective in their roles. Participants will learn skills to help them facilitate play therapy successfully and how to use their experiences to become advanced play therapists. Pragmatically, this workshop will cover documentation, practical and conceptual issues in progress, therapist development over time, and supervision of self and others in play therapy. Experiential exercises and discussion will be part of this hands-on workshop.

Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S is Professor in the Counseling Program and Director of the Child and Family Resource Clinic at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Ray has published over 60 articles, chapters and books in the field of play therapy. Dr. Ray is author of 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 and former editor of the International Journal of Play Therapy. She currently serves on the editorial board for IJPT and Research Committee for the Association for Play Therapy.  She is the recipient of the Texas Outstanding Counselor Educator Award, Outstanding Research Award for Association for Play Therapy, Outstanding Research Award for Texas Counseling Association, and Nancy Guillory Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the Field of Play Therapy from Texas Association for Play Therapy.




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Dr. Evangeline Munns

Thursday, June 5 , 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will review the fundamentals of Theraplay, an attachment based model of play therapy that is applicable to all ages and a wide range of emotional, behavioral and social difficulties. It will include its theory, primary dimensions (structure, engagement, challenge and nurture) and related research. A case presentation will illustrate the use of Theraplay with an extremely aggressive child and his parents. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice some Theraplay activities. Dress comfortably. 

Evangeline Munns, PhD, CPsych, RPT-S is a certified clinical psychologist, a registered trainer/supervisor with the Theraplay Institute in Chicago, and a registered play therapist-supervisor. She has presented workshops on play therapy across Canada, United States and internationally. In recent years, much of her time has been spent in training and supervising therapists in Theraplay, nondirective and filial play therapy. With over forty years of experience working with children and their families, she offers a rich knowledge in the children’s mental health field. Dr. Munns has written numerous articles on Theraplay and has edited two books entitled Theraplay: Innovations in Attachment-Enhancing Play Therapy and Applications of Family and Group Theraplay. She received the Monica Herbert award from the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT), and was recently listed by the CACPT as one of the 5 top play therapists in Canada.



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Dr. Jessica Stone

Friday, June 6, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Many offices and agencies have shelves filled with expensive games sold specifically for therapeutic use, many of which are gathering dust. Therapists often say that games are good “icebreakers” but not very useful therapeutically. This workshop is designed to help participants understand how a variety of board games can be successfully utilized in a developmentally appropriate and therapeutic manner. These concepts will be explored in both academic and fun experiential ways.  In addition, we will discuss how these concepts apply to the current gaming trends and the future.  At the end of the day participants will be armed with confidence to use games with clients using a structure both in session and when speaking with parents.

Jessica Stone, PhD, RPT-S is a Licensed Psychologist and Regsitered Play Therapist-Supervisor who works in private practice in Fruita, CO. She has been providing psychological services to children, teens, adults, families, and prospective parents since 1994. Services provided include consultation, short and long term therapy, play therapy, psychological testing and supervision of other therapists. Dr. Stone has been involved with the Association for Play Therapy in numerous capacities since 1993. From 2002-2006 she served on the Board of the California Association for Play Therapy, including being Branch President. She has presented nationally and internationally, and has been published in the field of psychology and play therapy.


The NW Center for Play Therapy Studies and George Fox University will offer 6.0 contact hours of Continuing Education (CE) for each workshop day. The following approvals are available:
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Association for Play Therapy (APT [provider #03-124])
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

The fee is $129 per day for each workshop, with a student discount rate of $99 per day. Print a BROCHURE HERE if you would like to mail a check or purchase order with your registration, or REGISTER HERE with a Visa or MasterCard. 

Please note: Monday's workshop is now full and registrations are no longer being accepted.  Limited seats are available for the Tuesday workshop.  Email to confirm a seat prior to registering for Tuesday. Space remains available Wednesday through Friday.  Thank you.  

Attendance is limited, so early registration is recommended.

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