* This is a virtual workshop.  Those who are registered will be sent the link to join the workshop. *

Level: Introductory

Theoretical Basis: Child Centered

About the Presenter:
Anita Trubitt has a wealth of experience working with children in play therapy and family therapy and as a Custody Evaluator or a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to children whose parents were in litigation over custody. She has sometimes been referred to as “The Divorce Doctor.” In 1996 she and a colleague, Carla Sharp, started a branch of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) in Hawaii, and she has since contributed many workshops and trainings for HAPT, as well as presenting at many conferences on the mainland and in England and Canada.

This training will introduce participants to both the non-directive and the more structured models of play therapy. It is designed for the professional or student who has had limited or no formal training in the field of child play therapy. It is intended for practicing child and family therapists and therapists in training who want to explore the possible inclusion of play therapy into their practice with children.

Participant Objectives:
Upon completion, participants will:

  1. Be able to explain the difference between non-directive or child-centered play therapy

  2. Gain some familiarity with the major leaders of non-directive play therapy.

  3. Understand the uses of the Kinetic Family Drawing (KFD), how to introduce it to the child, and what elements to look for in its interpretation.

  4. Consider the incorporation of two additional play therapy modalities—the Two Dollhouses Game for the individual child and the Family Construction Activity.

  5. Gain a familiarity with the stages in play therapy, common themes in play therapy, and appropriate play materials for the playroom.

This training is free for HAPT and HCA members and will also be free for anyone who is not a HAPT member but joins the Association for Play Therapy (APT) as a professional or a student.  Please go to www.a4pt.org to join APT, which will also make you a member of HAPT.

The fee will be $50 for anyone who would like to attend but is not a HAPT or HCA member.

Questions re: training please email HAPTgroup@gmail.com

The Hawai`i Association for Play Therapy Presents:

A Review of the Basics in Play Therapy

Saturday, April 27, 2024

10:00am to 12:00pm

Presented by:

Anita Trubitt, LCSW, MSW, MEd

HAPT / APT / HCA Members  -  *Free*

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Play Therapy

Hawaii Association