June 2021 NorCal 2 Day Play Therapy Conference with Lisa Dion


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The California Association for Play Therapy Northern Conference Presents:

Presented by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Earn 12 Contact CEs

June 25-26, 2021 – 9:30am-4pm PST


Day 1: Working with Aggression and Intensity in the Playroom

Workshop Description  Aggression is a part of play therapy and knowing how to make it therapeutic is often a challenge.  Using neuroscience, come learn how to help your child clients work through their aggression and intense play leading to healing and transformation. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify strategies for maintaining regulation in the midst of intense play, aggression and death in the playroom 
  • Identify at least 2 strategies for working with aggression in the playroom without experiencing nervous system shut down leading to vicarious trauma 
  • ExplainDescribe the link between a child’s dysregulated states of the nervous system and aggressive and traumatic play 
  • Demonstrate at least 2 strategies for setting boundaries without shaming or shutting down a child’s play 
  • Define “emotional flooding,, and identify at least 2 strategies to employ when this happens in a play therapy session 
  • Examine the Synergetic Play Therapy concept of “The Set Up” in the playroom as a way to understand what the child is trying to communicate 

Day 2: Playing Perfectly: A Play Therapist’s Guide for Working with OCD in Play Therapy

Workshop Description  From perfectionism to anxiety to selfdoubt, the world of a child struggling with OCD can be incredibly overwhelming. Come explore how to support these children in play therapy and discover how their need for perfection is in fact perfect.

Learning Outcomes

  • List the symptoms of OCD and how they present themselves in play therapy
  • Describe OCD and perfectionism as a strategy to regulate the nervous system and how to support the child’s need for regulation
  • Describe the possible connection between OCD and a child’s genius and the implications of this when working with OCD in play therapy
  • Identify how play therapy helps a child with OCD and perfectionism learn how to regulate through their anxiety and need for perfectionism. 
  • Discover ways to help a child integrate and manage some of the fears that may be driving the perfectionistic behaviors 
  • Describe how a therapist’s own perfectionism in a play therapy session can hinder or support a child’s play therapy process

Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 12 hours of contact continuing education credit per day for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs and LPCC’s. The California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider # 00-094). Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 6 CONTACT CE Hours. The California Association for Play Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychologists may receive 6 hours of continuing education credit for this workshop. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now recognizes APA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs. The California Association for Play Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.

Who Should Attend: Social Workers, Marriage, Family & Child Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, School Counselors, Psychologists, Students, and Interns.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Cancellations & Refunds: Requests for refunds must be made in writing by e-mail to calapt@calplaytherapy.org. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the training to receive a refund. There is a $25.00 administrative fee for refunds. There are no refunds for cancellations after the deadline, however, registration may be transferred to another individual. There are no price breaks for partial attendance.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by presenters at the CALAPT events do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CALAPT Board of Directors or its membership. CALAPT reserves the right to make changes to the conference schedule, speakers and presentation, if this becomes necessary.

If you have a disability and need accommodations per ADA/504, please provide notification 2 weeks prior to the workshop date.

Contact us at calplaytherapy@gmail.com with any event or registration related questions or to request more detailed learning objectives. Hope to see you at the event!


REGISTRANTS: On the day of the event, follow the instructions below.  If you have any issues, please contact web@calplaytherapy.org.

  • Log into your CALAPT account at https://calplaytherapy.org/login/ 
  • Once logged in, you can access the course in My Courses 
  • Access the Zoom link in the first lesson.  Click “join meeting.” It is suggested you use the Zoom app rather than a browser for improved connection
  • You will then be put in the waiting room until the training starts at 9:30am PST.  *Please login early to avoid being late due to tech issues.
  • Important note:  For security reasons, you must first be logged into your CALAPT account in order to access the zoom meeting
  • After the event you can return to the course on the CALAPT website to complete your evaluation and post-test and get your CE certificate.  If your certificate appears blank, try logging in with a different browser (ex. Chrome)
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