We hope that everyone who attended our 2017 conference had a fun and enjoyable time. Dr. Rick Gaskill was a great and knowledgeable speaker. He provided a great deal of information on the importance of play therapy and how it impacts the brains of the children we serve. The vendors had such fun toys and products to fill our offices and several people went home with lots of free prizes!! Stay tuned for information on our 2018 conference with speaker Dr. Kim Vander Dussen.
On the second day of our conference, past president Heather Maritano pinned 4 new RPTs! Please help us congratulate Amy Miller, BoHyun Park, Kristin Hughes, Lisa Harris and Sandy Tucker.
The 2018 conference will be June 21 & 22. The speaker will be Dr. Kim Vander Dussen. We hope to see you there. Please visit this page often for updates and other important information!
Play Therapy Course
Course number: EDUC-W 505 32189, Wed 5-8 Indianapolis campus
Students who plan to work with children and families need multiple tools in order to serve this population effectively. Talk therapy does not work with large segments of the population, including children under the age of 8, children with developmental disabilities, and many people affected by early relational trauma. This strongly experiential course will equip students with the tools to work successfully with clients non-verbally using creative evidence-based modalities. We will explore typical and atypical brain development, play therapies, and expressive arts therapies with individuals, families, and groups. The course is appropriate for any graduate student who plans to conduct counseling with young people. Successful completion of the course provides 45 clock hours of education towards the Registered Play Therapist credential from the Association for Play Therapy.
Catherine Tucker, PhD, LMHC, RPTS, is the current president of the Association for Child & Adolescent Counseling (a division of ACA) and is research director for The Theraplay Institute. She is an international speaker and trainer with over a decade of experience in teaching graduate-level university courses and continuing education workshops. She maintains a private practice, and has worked in community mental health and in the public schools as a counselor.