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Play Therapy Basics & Beyond
World of Divorce


Ethical Issues in Play Therapy, Fri, Sept 19

Presented by Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, RPT-S, Professor of Counseling, Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and Director of the NW Center for Play Therapy Studies at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. CEU's APT-approved; pending NASW approval. REGISTER here. 8:30a-4:30p

ORAPT Member $135, non-member $160, students w/ ID $115. CEU's approved for NASW, APT. 

In a world of increasingly complex clinical practice, play therapists need to be aware of their legal and ethical responsibilities. These responsibilities not only apply to children, but also to their legal guardians. This workshop will focus on legal and ethical issues that are unique to working with children, including confidentiality, informed consent, client records, and mandated reporting. Additionally, this workshop will include discussion of the Play Therapy Practice Guidelines published by the Association for Play Therapy. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to apply these practice standards through small group practice to insure quality play therapy practice with children and families.

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

  •    Understand and apply ethical standards related to informed consent in the play therapy process.
  •    Identify confidentiality in the play therapy process in regard to minor clients and legal guardians.
  •    Discuss and apply ethical decision-making in regard to mandated reporting, client records, and consent in the practice of play therapy.
  •    Discuss and apply ethical issues related to the Association for Play Therapy’s Play Therapy Practice Guidelines, as well as other organization’s ethical codes and state statute.

In addition to his leadership at the NW Center for Play Therapy Studies, Dr. Sweeney maintains a small private practice and is an international presenter. He is author or co-author of several books, including Play Therapy Interventions with Children's Problems, Counseling Children Through the World of Play, Sandtray Therapy: A Practical Manual, The Handbook of Group Play Therapy, and Group Play Therapy: A Dynamic Approach. Dr. Sweeney and his wife live in Portland, OR, near their four adult children.



Sept 12-13 & 26-27--Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond (McMinnville, OR)

Fri/Sat, September 12-13 & 26-27, 8am-5pm 

Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond with Dawn Williamson, LCSW, RPT-S. Juliette's House--Child Abuse Intervention Center (McMinnville, OR).

Workshop series introduces the fundamentals of play therapy + advancements in clinical practice, including historical foundations, theoretical models, familial, cultural, and ethical considerations. Experiential learning approaches will illustrate essential concepts and enhance learner understanding. $275 professionals, $100 students (lunch on your own); $25 additional for CEU's. Registration: Becca Williams, Lutheran Community Service Northwest,, 503-472-4020


Fall 2014 Play Therapy Consult group: Portland

Wendy Miller, PsyD, RPT-S offers an on-going consultation group Tuesdays at 12noon, starts September 30, 2014. Group meets every other week, minimum 10-week commitment. Contact Dr. Miller for details.

Wendy M. Miller, Ps.D. RPT-S
Licensed Psychologist
2732 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

July 2014 Intro to Play Therapy, Trauma & Attachment 

Instructor:  Mary Hammond MA LPC RPT-S DCEP

Course Description: This workshop introduces the profession of play therapy. Students explore common models of play therapy: client-centered, developmental, Jungian, Gestalt, attachment, energetic. Students experiment with play therapy materials and methods, discuss incorporating play in the therapy room, and deciding when to add play to therapy with children.  Special focus on play therapy in the treatment of trauma and attachment disorders is included.


Play Therapy and Mindful Movement: Building Connection and Self-Awareness in the Therapy Space

McMinnville Community Center
600 NE Evans Street, McMinnville, OR 97128

4 Elements Yoga Shop and Studio, 424 NE 4th Street, McMinnville, OR 97128

Amy Halloran-Steiner, LCSW, CADC I

1. Understand Dan Siegel's definition of the mind, apply it to play therapy
2. Practice mindful meditation to aid connection with play therapy clients
3. Distinguish between thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and behaviors.
4. Practice mindful movement to help clients calm, ground, and connect.
5. Provide a framework for play therapists to choose appropriate interventions.
6. Learn 5 new mindfulness play therapy techniques to use with clients.
Amy Halloran-Steiner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Teacher of Yoga Calm®. She is a graduate of Portland State University and has worked with children for over 20 years. Amy has been in private practice since 2006 in McMinnville, where she also teaches yoga to children and families. Amy sees her professional role with young clients as a village member who supports their growth and strengthens the link between their inside selves and their outside lives. She has stumbled upon the powerful forces of nature, breath, movement, fantasy and laughter, and she helps clients braid these forces into a rope that provides a lifeline when plain talking fails. In a training capacity, Amy loves to share with colleagues her own eclectic mix of activities to help young people know and trust themselves and to help bring light and energy into the therapy process.