Colorado Association
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2012 CAPT Fall Conference with Janine Shelby, PhD, RPT-S

  • 21 Sep 2012
  • 8:00 AM
  • 22 Sep 2012
  • 4:15 PM
  • Crosswalk Center (formerly Colorado Community Church); 3651 S. Colorado Blvd; Englewood, Colorado


  • Regular pricing begins Sept. 15, 2012. One-day registrants MUST select which day they will attend.
  • Regular pricing begins Sept. 15, 2012. One-day registrants MUST select which day they will attend.
  • Regular pricing begins Sept. 15, 2012.
  • Regular pricing begins Sept. 15, 2012.

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For complete information about the conference CLICK HERE  to view or print a copy of the conference brochure.

Schedule for both days:

8:00 am Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 Morning Session (10-10:15 am Break)

11:45 am Lunch (on your own) – Map of nearby restaurants

1:00-4:15 pm Afternoon Session (2:15 – 2:30 Break)

Friday 9/21– Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the mental health field’s most effective and researched types of therapy, but its developmental sensitivity has long been questioned by those who work with children. On the other hand, child-focused practitioners also want to ensure that they are offering the most sound treatments for childhood disorders and they benefit from keeping abreast of current research findings in the child psychotherapy field. In this presentation, which is drawn from a UCLA-affiliated graduate training program, play therapy is blended with CBT to create empirically defensible and developmentally sensitive methods for youth and their families. In the presentation, play-based CBT methods for treating depression, suicidality, and trauma will be described. In experiential activities designed to engage the audience, attendees will participate in CBPT techniques that illustrate both CBT and play therapy principles. Attendess will also observe media clips and receive handouts that demonstrate how CBT and play therapy can be effectively combined. The seminar was developed by Janine Shelby, Ph.D., a prominent play therapist, and Michele Berk, Ph.D., a former student of Aaron T. Beck, the founder of CBT.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to implement 5 CBT-based play therapy techniques to assist youngsters.
  2. Participants will be able to name the components of the cognitive triangle
  3. Participants will be able to recite at least 2 diagnoses for which there are high response rates to a CBT.
  4. Participants will be able to differentiate CBT play therapy from other forms of play therapy.

    Saturday 9/22 – Play Therapists in a Strange New World: How to Survive and Thrive with Evidence Based Play Therapy Treatments

    Over the past decade, play therapists have faced increasing challenges as they seek to deliver play therapies. Best practice standards are rapidly evolving without play therapies represented in the guidelines. As CBTs and other EBTs amass solid research results from randomized controlled trials, play therapists do not have such a strong evidentiary base to offer the same level of support for their craft. In some settings, therapists are required to use EBTs in order to receive third party payment for therapy sessions. In this presentation, these issues are discussed, including the pragmatic, legal, ethical, and philosophical aspects of maintaining one’s identity as a play therapist as mental health practice paradigms change. This presentation will offer a balanced discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of EBTs, and will provide dozens of practical solutions for integrating play therapies and play-based methods into one’s play therapy practice. The presenter will offer guidelines regarding when to consider using EBTs (i.e., which disorders warrant considerations of use of EBTs) as well as when children are more likely to benefit from play therapies or EBT/play therapy blends. The presenter will also offer suggestions regarding how to “sell” play therapy methods to agencies, in court, and to third-party payors. Following this, the seminar will focus on several forms of play therapy, play therapy/EBT blends, and play-based techniques that can be helpful in treatment with youngsters. The techniques will be taught via media clips, experiential activities, and didactics.  

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Participants will be able to define evidence-based treatments (EBTs) and name the criteria that play therapies must meet to be considered EBTs.
    2. Participants will be able to name at least 3 EBTs
    3. Participants will be able to describe several sources of direct and indirect empirical support for the use of play therapies and play therapy techniques
    4. Participants will be able to name at least 3 ways in which they can blend EBTs into their own play therapy practice/techniques

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