Designing an Evidence-Based Play Therapy
Evidence-Based Interventions in Fun, Everyday
Play therapy is a highly effective vehicle for
promoting cognitive, physical, social-emotional, and language development. While
it continues to evolve at breakneck pace alongside advances in technology, its
core concepts remain simple, adaptable, and budget-friendly for parents and
clinicians alike. Best of all, play therapy feels natural for clients, allowing
you to embed evidence-based interventions in everyday activities. This hands-on
course will show you how to incorporate play into a child and family's daily
routine, as well as enhance parental engagement and improve compliance with
therapy outside of sessions.
This seminar explores the essential "how-to" details of play therapy, walking
through individual and group sessions. Connect each step with supporting
research and child development theory, from room setup and activity/toy
selection to your role as a coach and facilitator. Discover effective ways to
individualize approaches according to client and family needs, including those
who demonstrate oppositional behaviors or sensory processing disorders. Learn to
provide play therapy with the same level of structure and accountability found
in traditional skill-based training, from conducting parent consultations to
measuring and documenting progress for parents and third-party payers. Case
studies throughout the seminar offer relevant practice examples, illustrating
how to carry out effective sessions while responding to a range of variables and
By the end of the day, you'll come away with a toolbox filled with ready-to-use
techniques to immediately implement in your work with clients of all ages.
Whether you're searching for guidance on how to incorporate play therapy into
your practice or a refresher on the latest methods and techniques, this course
is designed for you.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Describe the stages of development from birth
through young adulthood
- Define the different types of play
- Analyze the relationship between play and
- Explore hands-on techniques to enhance your
- Investigate the latest research on play and
how to apply it to your treatment sessions
- Evaluate how to facilitate parent interaction
and enhance development through play
What You Should Bring
Attendees should dress comfortably.
Bring any techniques and success stories you've had in your practice.
HEATHER MACK, PT, DPT, PCS, is a licensed
physical therapist and ABPTS certified pediatric clinical specialist, practicing
in school-based physical therapy, early intervention, outpatient, long term
acute care, and home health therapies. An APTA credentialed clinical instructor,
she is an adjunct faculty member for Saint Francis University's Physical Therapy
Program and is on the clinical faculty for Saint Francis University's Residency
Program. In addition, she serves as Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association's
pediatric special interest group chair.
Dr. Mack earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Chatham University and her
Bachelor of Science in Health Physical Education and Sport-Athletic Training at
Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about helping families
learn and engage in a variety of types of play to enhance development and
function. She pursues this passion in her spare time as well, volunteering with
Dreams Go On Therapeutic Riding Center in Hollidaysburg, PA, where she assists
the horseback riding instructor with techniques to enhance each rider's session.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Physical Therapists
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Early Childhood Special Education Teachers
- Early Childhood Staff
CREDITS - Seminars approved by:
The American Occupational Therapy Association,
Inc. - Cross Country Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing
education. This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs
does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical
procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 1: Domain of
OT, 2: Occupational Therapy Process.
Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy - This program has been
submitted to the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy for 6 continuing
American Speech-Language Hearing Association - Cross Country Education,
LLC is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education
activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information
for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider
approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or
clinical procedures. This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate
level; Related area).
Educators Statement - This educational offering may qualify toward your
professional development requirement. The educational offering consists of 6
clock hours. Use this information and your board rules and regulations to
calculate professional development/continuing education credit.
General Statement - This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing
education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards
and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of
completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing
Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy - This program has been
submitted to Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy for 6 contact hours for
PTs and PTAs.
Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, Physical Therapy
Advisory Committee - This program has been submitted to the Oklahoma State
Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision for pre-approval of 6 contact hours.
Tennessee Physical Therapy Association - This program has been submitted
to the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for 6.0 contact hours.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in:† 7:30 AM††† Seminar Class 8:00 AM -