Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies

Annual Fall Play Therapy Conference

November 3, 2017

Registration is closed, as the conference is at capacity.

Healing from the Effects of Interpersonal Trauma: An Integrative Play Therapy-Family Therapy Approach for Young Children

Friday, November 3, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sue Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Neurobiological and developmental aspects of interpersonal trauma will be discussed in support of an integrated, research-informed, humanistic, and culturally responsive approach to facilitating healing in children who have experienced early interpersonal/ relationship trauma. Through experiential activities and case/video examples, Dr. Bratton will illustrate the timing and course of the therapeutic process grounded in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT).

Learning Objectives

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Name two neurodevelopmental considerations in providing play therapy for children with a history of early interpersonal trauma.
  2. Discuss two rationales for using an integrated CCPT/CPRT approach for this population of children.
  3. Discuss the course of the therapeutic process grounded in CCPT and CPRT.
  4. Discuss two guidelines for clinical decision-making regarding timing of play therapy and family work for this population.
  5. Name two strategies for successfully involving caregivers in the play therapy treatment process.
  6. Name two important play therapy treatment outcomes of caregiver involvement.


Bratton Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S is Professor of Counseling at the University of North Texas and Director of the UNT Center for Play Therapy – the largest center for play therapy training and research in the world. Sue has over 25 years of experience as a practitioner and researcher, and is an internationally known speaker and author. She has over 100 publications in the areas of child and play therapy and family counseling – including Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model, Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual: A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model for Training Parents, Integrative Play Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Effective Practice. Sue is an active social advocate for children at the local, national, and international level, particularly underserved minority populations who have experienced traumatic experiences. Sue is also a Past President of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and recipient of the 2016 APT Lifetime Achievement Award.

Continuing Education

George Fox University's NW Center for Play Therapy Studies will offer 6.0 contact hours of Continuing Education (CE) for each workshop day. The following approvals are available:

  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider 03-124)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

George Fox University/NW Center for Play Therapy Studies has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4447. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. George Fox University/NW Center for Play Therapy Studies is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. George Fox University/NW Center for Play Therapy Studies provides CE through the Association for Play Therapy [APT Approved Provider 03-134] and retains sole and ultimate responsibility for the quality, conduct of, and record-keeping for such programs.This program is pending approval from NASW [Approval # 88-6411347] for six (6) continuing education contact hours.


The Graduate Department of Counseling at George Fox University is pleased to be the home of the Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies (NWCPTS). Under the direction of Dr. Daniel Sweeney, the NWCPTS is the largest university-based center focused on the study and promotion of play therapy in the northwest United States.

The mission of the Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies is to promote the healthy development and welfare of children and families through the process of play and filial therapy. In support of the relational, psychological and spiritual wholeness of children and families, the center seeks to fulfill this objective through the provision of play therapy, training, supervision, and learning resources for students and mental health professionals in the community.


The fee is $139 per day for each workshop, with a student discount rate of $99 per day. Attendance is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Registration after 10/20/17 is $155.00 each day. Cancellations must be received in writing 7 days prior to the conference to receive a refund, and are subject to a $25.00 processing fee. No refunds will be made after 10/27/17. In the unlikely event of a workshop cancellation, the NWCPTS is only responsible for a refund of the workshop fee.

Conference accommodation information will be sent with registration confirmation.

For further information, contact us at 503-554-6104 or email