Oregon Association for Play Therapy


April Training 2018 


"The Culturally Competent Play Therapist"

Date: April 14th, 2018

Time: 9am-4:30pm

Location: Corban University in Salem, OR

Learning Objectives: 


1. Attendees will demonstrate understanding of how play therapy influences a child's cultural development.

2. Attendees will learn how to use play therapy to assess the differences between individual cultural development and family and group identity development.

3. Attendees will use intersectionality to examine how systems of poverty and oppression impact a child's self-perception and self-agency in and outside of the play therapy room.

4. Attendees will analyze key ethical and legal issues related to common practices in play therapy, considering multiculturalism and crossculturalism. 


$95 Students

$115 ORAPT Members

$150 Non-Members

+$20 for registrations after 4/7/18


6 CEU's provided.


Dr. Michelle Cox has been a counselor educator for 15 years, teaching in live, hybrid, and online programs. Currently, she serves as the Coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization and Associate Professor in the Sport and Performance Psychology program at the University of Western States in Portland, OR.  Dr. Cox was an Associate Professor at George Fox University, where she taught for seven years, and has also taught for Oregon State University and Liberty University online. Dr. Cox has served at a Subject Matter Expert, developing classes on multiculturalism and cross-culturalism, for four universities throughout her career. Dr. Cox has a MA in Counseling from GFU, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences with doctoral minors in both Counseling and Gerontology from Oregon State University. Dr. Cox engaged with dementia patients during her doctoral work at OSU. However, the intersection between play and cultural values became more salient after her husband, Paul, was diagnosed with Young-Onset Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Cox then focused her academic research on client-communication through play for those unable to speak or communicate accurately through language. She examines the impact of sociology, ecology, attachment, development, and culture on play behaviors.


Ongoing Trainings


ORAPT is co-sponsoring trainings by: 
Firefly Institute of Research and Education:
Play Therapy and Professional Clinical Training