Annual Play Therapy Summer Institute

June 1-5, 2015

The NW Center for Play Therapy Studies is pleased sponsor its annual Play Therapy Summer Institute workshops June 1-5, 2015. For further information or a conference brochure, contact us at 503-554-6104, or send an email message to


Monday, June 1, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Scott Riviere

Counseling professionals often approach work with adolescents in the same way as with adults. Combined with a negative view taken of adolescents by much of society and the developmentally sensitive place they have – between childhood and adulthood – teens are often left in an awkward place in counseling. Are they too young for adult therapy, too old for play therapy, or just too cool to play? This workshop will help participants learn how to connect with teenagers and understand common developmental misconceptions that often encourage negative stereotypes. Developmental stages of communication will be reviewed and interventions will be discussed to assist participants in developing an appropriate approach to treatment. This will include connecting with the depressed teen, combining behavior modification techniques with play therapy for the teen with disruptive behavior problems, and resolving teen issues of trauma. Come prepared to learn and play!


Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S is the Director of K.I.D.Z., Inc., Louisiana's first Play Therapy Institute, where his practice is limited exclusively to children and adolescents and their families. During his 20+ years of practice, he has worked in various clinical settings and has extensive training in the field of Play Therapy. He has served on various committees for the Association for Play Therapy and is currently serving on the APT Board of Directors. He has created several therapeutic products for mental health professionals and is a published author and frequent guest on various media outlets. Mr. Riviere has also produced a series of parent training videos titled Positive Parenting. He is an active speaker at national and state conferences.



Tuesday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cary McAdams Hamilton

Through lecture, demonstration and participant activities, this workshop will focus on the use of expressive interventions with military veterans. There needs to be focus and purpose in the utilization of using various non-verbal expressive activities with the veteran population, who are struggling with a variety of diagnostic challenges. Expressive and projective interventions help to break down the barriers and boundaries endemic to clients from a military background – providing them additional options for processing their trauma or vicarious trauma – methods beyond traditional talk therapy. During the workshop, methods of play therapy, sandtray therapy, and art expression will be demonstrated, to promote the healing of clients and improvement of relationships and cognitive functioning.


Cary McAdams Hamilton, MA, MFT, LMHC, CMHS, RPT-S is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with diverse experience working in private practice, non-profit mental health service providers, juvenile justice, public education, residential treatment center and county assistance programs. She is focused on working with children, adolescents and their families. Cary is the President of Olympia Therapy and is the director of and adjunct professor for the play therapy certification program at Antioch University, Seattle. She also holds an adjunct position at Brandman University in Lacey, WA and was previously an adjunct professor at George Fox University in Portland, OR.Cary is a published author and frequent presenter.



Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (must register for the full day)
Franc Hudspeth

Medicated Children & Teens in Play Therapy: Understanding the Intersection of Play Therapy, Neurobiology, & Psychopharmacology
This workshop provides play therapists with an understanding of the intersection of neurobiology and psychopharmacology in children and adolescents. It also provides ways to utilize play therapy to meet the unique needs of medicated children and adolescents in play therapy.

Diagnosis in the Playroom: Play Therapy and the DSM-5
This workshop will explore the changes in the DSM-5, the impact on children and adolescents, and how this affects the diagnosis and treatment planning process for play therapists. There will be a focus on significant diagnostic changes, and common emotional and behavioral issues that play therapists should focus on – both in and out of the play therapy setting.


Franc Hudspeth, PhD, LPC, NCC, R.Ph., RPT-S, ACS is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Director of the Institute for Play Therapy at Henderson State University. He's the editor for The International Journal of Play Therapy, as well as president for the Arkansas Association for Play Therapy. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Mississippi in 2009. Dr. Hudspeth is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor, nationally Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Pharmacist.



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

The rise of Childhood Disruptive Behavior Disorders [CDBD] is cause for concern for therapists, and especially children and families. This workshop will discuss and explore the impact of ADHD, OCD, ODD and CD in children. Often, by the time parents seek out therapy services for their child, the family system is discouraged, anxious, and most importantly, ashamed. This often leads to a family system break down and entrance into a shame cycle that also breaks down emotional security and attachment with one another. This workshop will look at how the impact of attachment plays a role in the etiology of CDBD, as well as how to utilize attachment-based play therapy techniques to treat these diagnoses in children, strengthen parent-child relationships, and improve overall self-esteem and confidence – leaving the child feeling ready to take on CDBD and tools to control it!


Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and is currently the President of the Utah Association for Play Therapy. Throughout her career, she has focused on providing therapy to children, teens, and their families. Clair is currently the Clinical Director at Wasatch Family Therapy. She is a sought after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She is the author of My Many Colors of Me Workbook. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, Clair frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings and appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues.



Friday, June 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
J.P. Lilly

This workshop will present both a theoretical and technical model of Jungian Analytical Play Therapy for the effective use in play therapy with children in crisis. Concepts from Analytical psychology will be presented to assist attendees in understanding the model's practical application in treating children. The nature of children's play in a play therapy setting is highly symbolic. Children's use toys, behaviors, emotions, and materials in the play therapy room as a means to engage issues with which they are not able to encounter verbally. Whether a child is struggling with issues associated with abuse, divorce, displacement, attachment, or other mental illnesses, the child's psyche can, and does allow for contact with the “complex” issue through the symbolic engagement in play therapy. This workshop will share explore a model from which they can formulate plausible hypotheses regarding a child's symptoms, and how to interpret these symptoms to reveal the child's inner struggle – and how the dynamic nature of play reveals the child's reality. Finally, attendees will learn practical means by which they can facilitate the child's healing by responding in therapeutically healthy ways.


J.P. Lilly, MS, LCSW, RPT-S is a Certified Supervisor of Child Psychotherapists and Play Therapists through the International Board of Examiners of Certified Play Therapists and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor through the Association for Play Therapy. He is a full partner with Sierra Counseling Associates, Inc. in Provo, Utah, and is part-time faculty at Brigham Young University, teaching an introductory graduate course on Play Therapy in the graduate schools of Social Work, Clinical Psychology, and Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a past president and current member of the Association for Play Therapy, a member of the Utah Association for Play Therapy, and the founder and past president of Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. [BACA]. He has presented at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally.


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)
California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)

The fee is $139 per day for each workshop, with a student discount rate of $109 per day.  To register and pay by check, complete the registration page of the brochure or register on-line.  

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