This year’s Hawaii Association for Play Therapy (HAPT) 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually and is cohosted with Sandplay Therapists of Hawaii (STH). Together, we are excited to welcome our very special guest speakers Lorraine Freedle, PhD, ABPdN, CST-T, Ellen H. Saul, MS, LP, CST-T and Nancy Hawkins, PsyD, LP who will offer two intensive days of training.
To meet the guidelines set forth by the Association of Play Therapy (APT) for virtual training during the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be limited to a total of 80 participants split into two tracks. All participants will have the opportunity to complete both featured workshops. In an effort to accommodate our local members, registration will open first to the Hawaii community. On February 1, 2021, the remaining seats for our conference will be open to practitioners in other geographical locations.
Due to the limited number of openings for this year’s conference, we encourage everyone interested in attending to register as soon as possible. You won’t want to miss this exciting event!
Conference Fees for Two Workshop Days:
**Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 10 CONTACT CE Hours
Important Dates for Registration:
Title: “Beyond Words: Enhancing Clinical Practice through Sandplay Therapy”
Lorraine R. Freedle, PhD, ABPdN, CST-T is a pediatric neuropsychologist, international sandplay therapy teacher (STA/ISST), and trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). She is the Clinical Director of Pacific Quest, a holistic outdoor behavioral health program in Hilo, Hawaii where she also maintains a private practice, Black Sand Neuropsychological Services- http://lorrainefreedle.com/ . She is on faculty at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM and the Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate Program at the Trauma Research Foundation (Bessel van der Kolk’s series). Dr. Freedle has published numerous professional journal articles and chapters in the areas of sandplay, neuropsychology and trauma and is an award-winning researcher for her studies of sandplay therapy with adults with traumatic brain injury and youth with co-occurring trauma and addiction. She currently serves as President of Sandplay Therapists of America and Research Editor for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a realm beyond spoken words, Sandplay Therapy provides an enriched sensory, symbolic and relational experience that allows children and adults to safely and effectively address a range of clinical problems. As we shape sand, play freely, tell our story through symbols, and self-reflect in the presence of an attuned therapist multiple brain systems are activated and synchronized. We are able to reach the depths of our problems in our psyche, soul, and nervous system.
This workshop explores the theoretical foundations and practical applications of Jungian Sandplay Therapy in the context of this world crisis and the changing environment of psychotherapy and play therapy practice. The latest advances in research will be presented. Through case studies, demonstration of methods, experiential exercises and a review of the evidence base, participants will explore how Sandplay Therapy can be effectively used to enhance clinical practice.
Title: "In Touch Again: Repairing Broken Attachment with Play Therapy Strategies”
Ellen H. Saul, MS, LP, CST-T (STA & ISST) is a licensed psychologist and international sandplay teacher (STA/ISST) with over 30 years of experience in mental health agency and private practice settings. Ellen specializes in play therapy, Kalffian sandplay therapy, attachment work and trauma; she is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and is trained in EMDR (Level 2). She has studied with Dr. Agnes Bayley and incorporates “In Touch Again” attachment repair play therapy strategies in her work. She has written for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. She currently serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees for STA.
Nancy Hawkins, PsyD, LP is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and has lived and worked in the Minnesota American Indian community for over 30 years. Nancy’s work has centered on working with children and adults with attachment disruption as well as with issues related to substance abuse, and historical trauma. Nancy has consulted for several American Indian substance abuse programs, provided training for foster parents and created a curriculum for American Indian childcare workers. Nancy is currently employed by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and maintains a small private practice. She uses many hands-on, experiential materials, including Kalffian sandplay, in her work.
Based on the ‘In Touch Again’ approach of Agnes Bayley, multisensory play therapy activities that follow stages of brain development will provide participants with a framework for assessing what may be missing in the path of attachment of their clients across the lifecycle. We’ll explore specific strategies to allow/enable/empower children and adults to repair traumatic experiences or experience missing developmental pieces in the context of relationship. Participants will learn, through didactic and experiential presentation, how to integrate this work with clients of all ages and different clinical needs in counseling, play therapy, and other approaches. We’ll also reflect on the experience from mindfulness and somatic perspectives. Areas covered in this 5-hour workshop will include the use of transitional objects, reawakening the senses, containment of feelings, and working with historical trauma. This training is appropriate for mental health professionals.
Nancy Hawkins, PsyD, LP
Lorraine R. Freedle, PhD, ABPdN, CST-T
HAPT/STH 2021 Conference
March 5-6, 2021
"Awakening the Senses through Play Therapy and Sandplay"
Ellen H. Saul, MS, LP, CST-T