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Play Therapy Basics & Beyond
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Conference: Integrating Evidence-Based Interventions Into Your Play Therapy

When: Friday, May 14, 2010 from 9 am to 4 pm
Where: George Fox University, Portland Center, Room 281, 12753 SW 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97223 
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Play Therapy is a dynamic, creative style of psychotherapy that is designed to honor and foster each child’s growth and psychological health while actively, often indirectly, dealing with past trauma and current behavioral struggles.  With the variety of currently available evidence-based play therapy interventions, clinicians can be challenged in their play therapy work to achieve a creative and useful balance between providing safety and consistency through the use of structure while accommodating the child’s own spontaneity and natural curiosity and inherent growth potential.  This workshop is designed to maximize your therapeutic creativity while respecting current learning and research on individual and group play therapy.

In our workshop, participating clinicians will:

  •  Increase their knowledge and understanding of research about evidence-based practices in a variety of play therapy settings
  •  Learn how to integrate and apply the implications of that research in their own play therapy work
  • Develop new techniques and approaches that they can easily incorporate with children, both individually and in groups
  • Design effective interventions that balance the use of structure with nondirective play therapy techniques in both group and individual sessions
  • Practice play therapy techniques to increase confidence and solidify understanding of the concepts as they apply in multiple treatment modalities
  • Develop brainstorming and consulting skills to better communicate with colleagues and supervisors to manage ongoing therapeutic challenges
  • Effectively communicate with families and others (caseworkers, teachers) how play therapy works and can be useful with children

James Gurule, MA, LPC, a Humanistic-oriented psychotherapist, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years of experience working with children and families in community mental health.  In addition to family therapy, he provides weekly play therapy sessions for children, both individually and in a variety of groups.  James currently works as a Clinical Supervisor and is a senior clinician with LifeworksNW’s Child and Family Services outpatient program.  He provides weekly individual and group supervision to multiple staff and student interns, and is the primary psychotherapist in the center’s Treatment Foster Care program.  In addition to his full time clinical work, James has taught counseling, psychotherapy techniques, and ethics since 1998 as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

ORAPT will provide 6 contact hours of Continuing Education (CE) through NASW and APT. ORAPT is an APT approved provider. Provider #99-054.


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