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2021 Virtual Conference Workshop

January 29 - January 30

$50 - $190

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Play Therapy Clinical Theories: Understanding the Role of Attachment Theory and Ethics in Family Play Sessions

Presenter: Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S


Workshop Overview: Clinical theory guides conceptualization of client work, informs treatment planning decisions, and keeps therapists aware of their roles. However, most clinicians come into contact with play therapy clinical theories early in their graduate training when they have the least understanding of client work and the most anxiety about the profession. This can lead to a possible pattern of avoiding further contact with contemplating the complexities of theoretical orientations. This training will intentionally review prominent play therapy clinical theories, providing opportunities for clinicians to have an embodied understanding of the similarities and differences of these models. The training will also integrate advanced concepts from attachment theory and relational neuroscience into the different clinical approaches for executing family play sessions. This will occur through lecture and case studies, but will heavily feature engagement in experiential activities, especially sandtray therapy. Time will also be devoted to engaging in dialogue about ethical considerations for this work.

Presenter Bio: Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, has 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of mental health settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, and attachment-informed family work around the globe. In addition to maintaining a small clinical practice, Marshall also conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals who are pursuing EMDR certification and RPT status, often with a particular focus on the use of sandtray therapy. Marshall has published in professional journals and magazines in addition to contributing to the books Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment and EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach.


Friday, January 29
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Lisa Dawson, LPC-S, RPT-S is presenting “Taking a Closer Look: Internal Bias in Play Therapy Ethics and Supervision.”
(3 CEs FOR LPC, LCSW, LMFT, AND APT approved)

1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S is presenting “Play Therapy Clinical Theories: Understanding the Role of Attachment Theory and Ethics in Family Play Sessions.”
(3 CEs FOR LPC, LCSW, LMFT, AND APT approved)

Saturday, January 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Marshall Lyles continues presenting “Play Therapy Clinical Theories: Understanding the Role of Attachment Theory and Ethics in Family Play Sessions.” 

(6 CEs FOR LPC, LCSW, LMFT, AND APT approved)


Registration Fee

Student $50
Members $109
Nonmembers $190

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received at least 5 days prior to OKAPT conference are refundable. Cancellations received less than five days before the OKAPT conference will receive no refund but may receive a credit toward next year’s conference unless extreme circumstances exist. In this case, a letter explaining the extreme circumstances will be submitted to the OKAPT Board for consideration of a refund or credit. No shows will receive no refund or credit. You must be present for the entire training to receive credit. Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. If OKAPT needs to cancel the conference, we will make every attempt to let paid registrants know as soon as possible. All paid registrants will receive a full refund or full credit towards next conference. Weather Cancellation Policy: Should a course need to be cancelled for bad weather, all paid registrants will be notified as soon as possible. Re-schedule date will be provided and full credit given. This policy is in place only if OKAPT cancels due to weather.

OKAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer content specific to play therapy. APT Approved Provider 00-091.


January 29
January 30
$50 - $190

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