Oregon Association for Play Therapy


August Training 2018


Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond

Dates: Friday August 17th &

Saturday August 18th


Friday August 24th &

Saturday August 25th

Time: 8am-5:00pm (all 4 days)


1075 SW Cedarwood Avenue
McMinnville, OR 97128

Phone: 503-537-3927

Workshop Overview:

This is a 4 day (August 17-18, 24-25, 8am-5pm) intensive play therapy workshop covering basic components of play therapy as well as an in-depth look at history, theories and application of play therapy including modalities, techniques and experiential skill development.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Compare essential theorists and organizations that helped to shape the field of play therapy
  • Review one’s own theories of practice
  • Have a working knowledge of Child Centered Play Therapy as applied to case examples and through role plays
  • Have a working knowledge of Jungian Analytic Play Therapy as applied to case examples and as observed through APT History Speaks
  • Have a working knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy as applied to case examples and through role plays
  • Have a working knowledge of Gestalt Play Therapy as applied to case examples and through role plays
  • Have a working knowledge of Adlerian Play Therapy as applied to case examples and through role plays
  • Have a working knowledge of the history of the Association for Play Therapy by way of  APT History Speaks and discussion (Schaefer and O’Connor)
  • Be familiarized with both the founders of Play Therapy and of the Association for Play Therapy, and how to become an APT member, Registered Play Therapist, School Based Play Therapist and//or a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. And know how to become active in local state branches of APT
  • Differentiate between developmental stages of children, adolescents and young adults
  • Differentiate between developmental stages of children’s play
  • Have a working knowledge of the history of play, types and functions of play across the lifespan
  • Identify and differentiate the stages of play therapy process and apply this to work with individuals, groups and families through the lens of cultural diversity and ethical and professional practices
  • Practice rating the play therapy room environment for awareness and welcoming of cultural diversity
  • Be reminded of the importance of self-care and wellness for the play therapist
  • Demonstrate basic play therapy skill as demonstrated through role play and optional video assignment. 
  • Have exposure and understanding of the presenter’s play therapy room philosophy and practice with numerous case examples and videos provided.


   Professionals:      $400

   APT Members:          $300

   Graduate students/recent graduates:  $200


30 CEU's provided.


Dawn Williamson, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor specializing in clinical practice with those who have experienced trauma. She received her MSW in 1991 from Portland State University where her areas of focus were child sexual abuse and play therapy practice. She originally received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Montana and retains a strong foundation in the generalist perspective. Dawn also teaches both at the PSU School of Social Work and the PSU Trauma-Informed Services program.  

To Register for this training, please email Dawn Williamson at dawnjwilliamsonlcsw@gmail.com




September Training 2018 


Child and Family Trauma: Working with Parents and Children in Play Therapy

Date: September 28th, 2018

Time: 9am-4:00pm


OSU Cascades Campus: 1500 SW Chandler Ave, Bend, Oregon 97702

(Specific room announced at a later date)

Workshop Overview:

Play therapists often receive referrals where there has been trauma to the whole family. The parent(s)’s priority may be to find help for the child(ren). However, the family’s emotional experience, especially in crisis, is closely interconnected. As well, young children in distress are often resistant to leaving their parents’ proximity to enter the playroom. This workshop addresses the question of how to provide a therapeutic experience for all family members, using a play therapy approach that integrates family systems theory.

Videotape will be presented from one year of the family play therapy of a father and son who have witnessed the murder of their wife/mother. The workshop will explore both developmental and systemic issues, as well as the process of healing from trauma.  This unique case can provide a doorway to use similar techniques in the wide range of child and family issues that we see in our own practices.  

The challenges that this case presents are many:

  • what does the child understand of the event he has witnessed?
  • what can he comprehend about aggression and death at this early age?
  • what would ‘making peace’ with this loss mean for a 3 year old?
  • what does the father need in his grieving process?
  • is it appropriate for father and son to be together or separate for therapy?
  • to what degree can father and son’s healing take place within the structure of play therapy?

Drawing on Jungian theory, family systems theory and child directed play therapy practices, this presentation will address the questions faced by the therapist and the parent as they work together to provide a safe environment for the child’s expression of both his inner and outer experiences of his mother’s death in play. The issue of developmental stages in trauma work with young children will be addressed. This workshop will also highlight the essential part played by the father and extended family in this child’s healing. As well, we will be exploring the basic tenets of family systems theory and looking at how our own family dynamics and themes can both hinder and improve our ability to work with two generations together.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Revisit basic principles of intrapsychic and systemic theory and identify four that can be drawn on to build a foundation for the integration of play and family therapy.
  • Identify family situations which suggest that bringing adults and children into the therapy space together would be helpful or counter-indicated at the present time.
  • Learn five techniques for working therapeutically with the whole family together.
  • Using experiential exercises,  examine our own family themes that might arise, in order to draw on the learning within our own family systems to enhance our work with families
  • Become more comfortable and skilled with the option of using both play and talk with families in the therapy room.
  • Gain  familiarity of childrens’ grieving process at different stages of development.


    Members of COAP* and ORAPT:    

      Received before  6/15/18:  $75     After: $95


      Received before  6/15/18: $150    After: $170

       * Membership in COAP is limited to active and retired psychologist and psychologist residents residing in Central Oregon.


6 CEU's provided.


Mary Anne Paré, M.Ed., presented for COAP in October 2013 and received rave reviews from her workshop participants!  She is a child and family therapist who began her career as a child care counselor in the 1970’s, working in residential settings, treatment centers and group homes. While working with children who were both within and separated from their families, she recognized the necessity of understanding family systems in order to work effectively with children and youth. Further training included Pacific Coast Family Therapy Training Institute and a Masters in Family Counseling from the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as seven years of weekly supervision in play and family therapy.

Recognizing the value of both therapeutic approaches, Mary Anne developed an integrated model of playing and talking with parents and young children together, which has been a special focus in her practice, as well as in the training and supervision of family and child therapists.

For twenty five years, Mary Anne has been presenting workshops in Canada and in the US on play therapy, family therapy, and the integration of these two therapeutic modalities.  

Ongoing Trainings


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