HAPT 2020 Annual Conference

Day 1

Title: Crisis and Acute Play Therapy Interventions following Tragic Events.

Large-scale traumatic events befall many children and adolescents, and play therapists are often called upon to assist survivors and indirectly exposed children. Prepare yourself to respond by learning practical tips for disclosing disastrous events to children, providing parenting interventions, offering developmentally and culturally sensitive interventions, and using play therapy coping and psychoeducation activities that correspond to Psychological First Aid modules.

Learning Objectives:

  1. After the session, participants will be able to name the US best practice standard protocol for crisis intervention following disasters and terrorism.
  2. Following the presentation, participants will be able to identify at least three play therapy techniques corresponding to modules in the protocol identified above
  3. After attending the seminar, audience members will be able to describe why active efforts not to think about the traumatic event are unlikely to be effective.
  4. Following the presentation, participants will be able to describe mindfulness-based interventions
  5. After the seminar, audience members will be able to name 3 components play therapists can use when disclosing tragedy to play therapy clients or mass-scale disaster survivors

Day 2

Title: Too Tired to Play: How Play Therapists Can Overcome Secondary Traumatic Stress

In recent decades, a body of evidence has emerged on the indirect effects of repeated exposure to traumatic events as part of one’s work. Day after day, play therapists’ passion for their work drives them to their play therapy rooms, where they vicariously share the painful experiences of young clients and their families. Play therapists, who often work with vulnerable and traumatized children may be at particular risk for developing distress, trauma-related reactions, or a sense of powerlessness as a function of their work. Another emerging body of research suggests that vicarious exposure to trauma may also promote some professionals’ posttraumatic growth. If you adore your work but want practical tips to remain energized for your work, this presentation is for you! The seminar is designed to provide an uplifting perspective, promote posttraumatic growth, bring a sense of closure through didactic and experiential activities, unite play therapists in their shared mission, and replenish and renew play therapists’ strength for the important work of play.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Play therapists will be able to define secondary traumatic stress
  2. Play therapists will be able to identify three factors associated with secondary traumatic stress
  3. Participants will be able to identify three ways in which their play therapy practice makes them vulnerable to experiencing vicarious distress or traumatization
  4. Attendees will be able to name at least three strategies play therapists can implement to prevent or reduce the negative effects of secondary traumatic stress.
  5. Play therapists will be able to define posttraumatic growth
  6. Play therapists will identify how processing is related to posttraumatic growth

Select Rate/Option

One Day - Select Day Attending

Friday, February 21, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Psychological First-Aid Trauma Interventions and Play Therapy:

Healing Our Clients, Healing Ourselves

Pagoda Hotel
1525 Rycroft St, Honolulu, HI 96814

Play Therapy

Hawaii Association


Presented by:

Janine Shelby, PhD., RPT-S

Continuing Education

This event is sponsored by the Hawaii Association for Play Therapy.  Each day offers 6.0 contact hours, with full daily attendance required.  CE Credit is offered for Play Therapy (APT provider 99-053) and Social Work (NASW).  In the state of Hawaii, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists may use Social Work CE credits toward licensure renewal credits.  There will be no fee for these continuing education credits.