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Play Therapy Basics & Beyond
World of Divorce


Coos Bay Conference

Play Therapy Basics and Beyond

A professional development and continuing education course with 28 CEUs. Learn about the essential elements and principles of play therapy, including history, theories and application, modalities, techniques, and experiential skill development. Applicability to a variety of ages and developmental stages will be included. Case studies will be viewed through the lens of several different play therapy theorists. Special attention will be given to the basic elements of play therapy, history of play, themes of play, play therapy toys and room set ups. Cultural and ethical considerations will be taken into account. The format of this workshop includes lecture, discussion and experiential hands-on learning. Completion of this course will result in 28 continuing education hours that may be applied towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist.

Thursday, March 17, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, March 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 19, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 20, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Southwestern Oregon Community College campus

Coos Bay, Oregon

Presenter: Dawn J. Williamson, LCSW & Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor Dawn has been in private practice since 1995 and taught a variety of different courses at Portland State University, including topics related to play therapy and trauma informed services.

Fee: $440 (lunch on your own)

Registration Deadline: March 8, 2016

For more information, please contact Heidi Luckman or Dawn J. Williamson at

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New Registration Fees

In order to more effectively serve ORAPT members and those students who are working hard to becoming counselors, we are happy to offer a new registration scale for our conferences. We hope this encourages you as you practice and promote play therapy in your area! If you have not already, become a member of ORAPT and enjoy the benefits of collaboration and learning with others who believe passionately in it!

Students: $50 ($65 at the door)
Members: $80 ($95 at the door)
Non-members: $140 ($155 at the door) 


Recognizing and Responding to Very Young Children's Mental Health Issues and Those Issues' Implications for Later Play Therapy


Thank you for your interest in this presentation. Due to limited room capacity, we are unfortunately SOLD OUT. If you have registered and realize that you can not attend, please let us know so that we can let the first on the waiting list have your coveted spot.

Friday, February 26, 20168:30am - 4:00pm

Presenter: Redmond Reams

6 hrs CEUS (APT approved, NASW pending)

Event location: 
Firefly Counseling Services, PC
4950 NE Belknap Ct, Suite 205
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Participants will:
  • have increased understanding of the unique worldview of infants and toddlers
  • gain awareness of different treatment approaches used with this population and their families
  • gain awareness of the intervention system for infants and toddlers and the role of mental health therapists
  • have more knowledge of how mental health issues starting in young childhood can manifest in interactions and symbolic play in later play therapy

 $15 early bird registration discount! 


Save the Date - May 2, 2016

Join us for a conference with PAM CROWE where she will lead us in a discussion on using Play Therapy with children who have experienced sexual and emotional abuse. 


Handle with Care: Using Play Therapy to Address Anger in Children 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Catholic Community Services
3737 Portland Road NE
Salem, OR 97301

Dr. Julie Lerwick will be presenting on the important and relevant topic of how to use play therapy for children who are overcome by their anger. Through group interaction and practical education, attendees will leave better equipped to:
1. Identify modalities appropriate for inviting children to externalize their inner emotions through play therapy.
2. Implement play therapy interventions to foster emotional  containment and regulation in child clients.
3. Recognize secondary emotions that can manifest as anger in the play therapy process.
4. Understand and apply common and hidden causes of anger in children and teens at each developmental stage in the practice of play therapy.

Dr. Lerwick holds a Ph.D. in Counseling from Oregon State University and is a Nationally Board Certified (NCC) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Her research, conducted at Oregon
Health & Science University Department of Neurological Surgery, was in pre-operative anxiety reduction using a play therapy intervention. Honors and awards during her doctoral studies include the National ACES Emerging Leader Award, joining the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and earning the Summa Cum Laude academic distinction. She completed her Master’s degree at George Fox University and Bachelor’s degree at Puget Sound Christian College. In addition, Dr. Lerwick has served at local universities as a part-time professor of counseling and psychology, is an approved clinical supervisor for Oregon licensee candidates, and enjoys mentoring beginning counselors. She maintains a clinical practice in the greater Portland area at Northwest Psychological Center, P.C. and although she welcomes all ages into her practice, she especially enjoys working with toddlers and teens!