Designing an Evidence-Based Play Therapy
Embed Evidence–Based Interventions in Fun,
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 program will show you
how to incorporate play into a child and family's daily routine, as well as
enhance parental engagement in the process and improve compliance with therapy
outside of sessions.
In this hands–on seminar, we'll explore the essential "how–to" details of play
therapy, walking through individual and group sessions and connecting 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,
such as when working with clients who demonstrate challenging behaviors or have
sensory processing/communication deficits. We'll also discuss how to provide
play therapy with the same level of structure and accountability found in
traditional skill–based training, showing you how to operationalize general
tasks that are often poorly defined, 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 that can be immediately implemented in your work with children and
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
•Compare the stages of development from birth
through young adulthood.
•Identify the different types of play, and analyze the relationship between play
•Apply hands–on techniques to enhance your treatment sessions.
•Examine the latest research on play and how to apply it to your treatment
•Demonstrate positive/appropriate uses of "screen time" for children.
•Explain how to better facilitate parent interaction and enhance development
What You Should Bring:
•Attendees should dress comfortably.
•Bring any techniques and success stories you've had in your practice.
SUSAN HAMRE, MA, CCC/SLP, is an ASHA-certified
speech/language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching, and
research experience, specializing in autism interventions within home, school,
hospital, and community settings. Since earning her Bachelor's and Master's
degrees at Northern Michigan University, she has owned and managed a private
practice in Santa Fe for more than 25 years, serving individuals from infancy to
adulthood, with an emphasis on developmental disabilities, ASD, and various
other challenging conditions.
Additionally, Ms. Hamre is the director of the Autism Training Center at Giant
Steps (a therapeutic day school for individuals with ASD) near Chicago,
Illinois. She is a frequently requested speaker who has provided numerous
continuing education trainings across the country on ASD. In her spare time, she
has made five Operation Smile mission trips — four to the Philippines and one to
Africa. While those trips were medical in nature (cleft lip and palate), on
every one of those trips, Ms. Hamre helped identify the existence of probable
autism, steered families in the right direction, and supported medical personnel
in discovering how best to work with this unique population. Those situations
underscore her belief that with trained eyes, the unique set of characteristics
that cloak ASD can be not only spotted at a very young age, but worked with
successfully in all sorts of environments — even when the same language is not
Financial—Receives a speaking honorarium from Cross Country Education
Nonfinancial—No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
•Physical Therapist Assistants
•Occupational Therapy Assistants
•Early Childhood Staff
•Early Childhood Special Education Teachers
•Marriage and Family Therapists
CREDITS - CE Approvals
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 Intermediate, Category 1: Domain of
OT, 2: Occupational Therapy Process.
American Psychological Association - Cross Country Education is approved by the
American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for
psychologists. Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for this program
and its content. This program offers 6 CE credits for psychologists. Full
attendance is required to receive credit for psychologist, variable credit for
partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.
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).
Association of Social Work Boards - Cross Country Education provider #1005, is
approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association
of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
program (an approved provider since 1999, approved period 1-28-15 to 1-27-18).
Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers
will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for participating in
this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state
jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for
licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for more information.
This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for social workers.
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
ASWB - NJ CE Course Approval - New Jersey Social Worker pending approval.
New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners - This program has been
submitted for 6 continuing education credits to the New Jersey State Board of
Physical Therapy Examiners for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy
Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy - Cross Country Education is
seeking Direct Access approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical
Kentucky Board of Licensure of Marriage & Family
Therapists - Application has been submitted to the Kentucky Board Of Licensure
Of Marriage & Family Therapists for pre-approval of six clock hours.
Kentucky Physical Therapy Association - This program has been submitted to the
Kentucky Physical Therapy Association for approval of 6 contact hours.
North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners - NCBPTE approval by virtue
of approval by The New York State Education Department, Office of the
Professions, State Board for Physical Therapy licensure board or state APTA
chapter Approval good through 8/31/2018.
South Carolina Board of Examiners for LPC, AC & MFT - Cross Country Education is
an approved sponsor with the South Carolina Board of Examiners for LPC, AC and
MFTs (Provider #104). This program is offered for 6 continuing education 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 -