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Theories in Play Therapy

February 23-24, 2024 - IN PERSON 

Theories in Play Therapy

Friday, February 23, 2024 (1:00 – 6:30 pm)

Saturday, February 24, 2024 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Registration: $300.00

Early Bird Rate, before February 20, 2024 - $270

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Theories, theories, and more theories! Where does your philosophy of treatment land with theories of play therapy? Visit the ten seminal theories to find out how each was developed and participate in activities that represent each theory. Included will be Adlerian, Child-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, Developmental, Ecosystemic, Filial, Gestalt, Jungian, Object-Relations, and Theraplay. This course is interactive and structured to be inclusive of different learning styles.


  1. Identify at least 3 different theories of play therapy.

  2. Identify the theory of play therapy that best fits your overall philosophy.

  3. Identify at least 3 theorists in play therapy.

  4. Identify methods of play therapy that are most effective for trauma &/or attachment work.

  5. Identify at least 3 reliable resources to use for locating reliable and accurate play therapy research.

  6. Define prescriptive play therapy.

  7. Identify and discuss themes present in children’s play in play therapy.

  8. Describe a child and diagnoses that may not be appropriate for play therapy.

  9. Identify how to involve families in at least 3 play therapy theories.

  10. Identify effective ways to provide self-care & prevent burnout.

  11. Identify at least 5 approaches to coping with work stressors to avoid burnout for play therapists.

  12. Participate in play therapy activities designed to be representative of each theory​

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Shall We Play A Game?

March 15, 2024 - IN PERSON 

Shall We Play a Game?

with NanDee Walker, LPC-S, NCC, Registered Play Therapist™ and Melissa Winterscheid, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™

Friday, March 15, 2024 (8:45 am - 12:00 pm)

Northeastern State University - Broken Arrow, OK

3100 E New Orleans, Broken Arrow, OK 74014

Registration: $100.00

Early Bird Rate, before March 10, 2024: $75.00

Registration opening soon!




Join us to enhance your play therapy skills and have fun! Through interactive weaving of theoretical applications and identifying play dynamics utilizing games, therapists will learn how to augment connection, processing, and explore executive functioning skills with clients of all ages.

1.    Identify and demonstrate theoretical and practical application of everyday games into play therapy practice and skill sets.
2.    Role play therapeutic play therapy responses during game play to assist and express understanding of the value of everyday games in meeting treatment goals.
3.    Demonstrate an understanding of games for specific play therapy theoretical orientations and individual treatment goals.
4.    Identify play therapy goals utilizing everyday games for individual and group treatment modalities.

Skill Level:  Beginner and Intermediate; Clinical Play Therapy Skills

NanDee Walker, LPC-S, NCC, Registered Play Therapist™ has worked with children and their caregivers for 20 years.  NanDee graduated from Northeastern State University and has been a supervisor and play therapist in the Tulsa community for the past 7 years.  NanDee has developed and led consultation groups to support therapists through supervision. NanDee is a published author with a deep love for the written word in all its forms.

Melissa Winterscheid, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™ provides training within the counseling, play therapy, and sand tray community.  Melissa has served on local, state, and national counseling committees, and currently sits on the Oklahoma Play Therapy Association board.  Melissa has practiced in school-based therapy for 11 years and maintained a private practice for 5 years.  Melissa is a gifted teacher and trainer who enjoys talking about 'all the things' with fellow therapists and supervisors.



Level I Theraplay and MIM

April 9-12, 2024 - IN PERSON

Level One Theraplay and MIM

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Learning Objectives

    1. Differentiate three play, attachment-based theories and how they support the work of Theraplay
    2. Define how children with various attachment styles present in play therapy sessions
    3. Explain the benefits of using the MIM in your play therapy practice
    4. Arrange the MIM play therapy assessment tool
    5. Analyze the MIM at a beginning level to benefit families in play therapy
    6. Construct a play therapy treatment plan based upon the MIM analysis
    7. Classify three play therapy goals to be achieved during a MIM feedback session with parents
    8. Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy
    9. Indicate one play-based activity from each dimension: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge.
    10. List three possible ways of adapting Theraplay into play therapy treatment to meet the needs of a child with complex trauma
    11. State how to guide parents to participate in a Theraplay, a modality of play therapy, in the treatment session
    12. Specify how to prepare parents to use Theraplay play therapy techniques at home to further therapeutic goals
    13. Express how various parent attachment styles present in play therapy sessions
    14. Demonstrate adapting Theraplay play therapy techniques to three different populations of families
    15. Apply Theraplay techniques to work through resistance in play therapy sessions
    16. Practice how to adapt Theraplay activities for children of different ages
    17. Explain how to prepare for termination of Theraplay treatment
    18. Evaluate how the clinician is impacted by the functioning of parents and children in play therapy sessions
    19. Identify two types of clients for whom Theraplay would not be an appropriate play therapy modality

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Mindfulness and Body Regulation Techniques in Play Therapy

April 19, 2024 - IN PERSON

with Julie Reising, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™

Registration and More Information Coming Soon!



Playful Solutions for Using EMDR with Children and Teens for Play Therapists and Child Therapists

July 11-13, 2024 - IN PERSON

with Ann Beckley-Forest and Annie Monaco

Thursday/Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Registration and More Information Coming Soon!



More Courses to be Announced

Additional courses will be added soon!

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Phone:  918-453-3093
APT Approved Provider 17-514
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