Make plans to attend the AutPlay® Collaborative Conference in Springfield, Missouri September 22nd and 23rd, 2017.
Our annual AutPlay Collaborative infuses play therapy and autism with professionals and parents through trainings, presentations, and networking opportunities. A truly unique experience that aims to increase participants knowledge and expertise in autism and developmental disorders.
If you are a mental health provider or school counselor who works with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dysregulation Issues, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, or Developmental Disabilities, this conference is perfect for you! The AutPlay Collaborative aims to highlight the blending of play therapy and behavioral treatment approaches for children and families affected by neurodevelopmental disorders. Our presentations cover a range of issues such as parenting strategies, sensory issues, and anxiety reduction. Our collaborative conference is open to professionals and parents and offers CE Hrs for professionals. Check back for more information about the 2017 Collaborative.
Schedule (topics and presenters)
Friday September 22nd, 9:00am – noon
Workshop: Autism Plays: Play Therapy Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Presenter: Robert Jason Grant Ed.D, (LPC, RPT-S, CAS)
Description: Participants will explore and experience play therapy interventions and strategies designed to effectively address key struggle areas for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Evidence based play therapy practices will be presented along with strengths and limitations of play therapy models.
Objectives: 1) Participants will learn about strengths and limitations in implementing play therapy approaches with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. 2) Participants will be able to identify several play therapy interventions to use with children with autism spectrum disorder. 3) Participants will be able to identify at least three play therapy approaches that are considered evidence based for working with children with autism spectrum disorder.
Friday September 22nd, 1:15pm – 4:15pm
Workshop: The Play Therapists Awareness and Parent Engagement in Working with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Presenter: Elizabeth Obrey, (Author, Family Advocate)
Description: This workshop will highlight the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder. Typical autism presentation will be examined and how professionals can more effectively work with children and their parents understanding the unique features that manifest with autism spectrum disorder. Play therapists and other professionals will learn how they can engage with and support parents and the family system affected by autism spectrum disorder.
Objectives: 1) Participants will gain a basic understanding of autism spectrum disorder and how it impacts the family system. 2) Participants will learn how play therapists and professionals can better connect with and engage parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. 3) Participants will learn how and why to take a supporting role of advocacy for those who are emerging at self-advocates and their families.
Saturday September 23rd, 9:00am – noon
Workshop: Sandtray Across the Spectrum: Helping Clients with Differing Developmental Needs.
Presenter: Amy E. Flaherty, (LPE-I, RPT)
Description: Sandtray therapy is a powerful play therapy tool for all populations, ages, and developmental levels. This unique and fun method of play therapy can be used with all clients- even those who are on the autism spectrum or have other special needs. Learn about the neuroscience of why sandtray play therapy works with the special needs population. This presentation will also address specific questions and techniques about how to best use the sandtray with non-neurotypical clients.
Objectives: 1) Understand why sandtray works with all ages from a interpersonal neurobiological perspective. 2) Identify 3-5 concerns and solutions when working with the special needs population in the sandtray. 3) Create an individual sandtray to experience the power of sandtray therapy even when words are not available
Saturday September 23rd, 1:15pm – 4:15pm
Workshop: Using Sensory Strategies in Play Therapy.
Presenter: Amy Vaughan, (OTD, OTR/L, BCP)
Description: This session is designed to enhance cognitive-behavioral intervention by expanding on the use of sensory strategies in order to increase behavioral outcomes and relational interaction. Participants will practice identifying sensory strategies that highlight client strengths and can be used to build future behavioral and relational. Participants will also learn to better recognize sensory barriers during treatment that need to be accommodated. Participants will practice using a tool for positive sensory-behavior intervention planning that identifies targeted behaviors and re-frames them into positive behavioral goals.
Objectives: 1) Give examples of how to utilize favorite things (repertoire of reinforcement) to increase a child’s developmental progress and influence quality of life factors. 2) List the four main functions of behavior and apply them to a specific sensory-behavioral scenario. 3) List at least 5 red-flag sensory symptoms that can impact treatment progress if left unaddressed. 4) Distinguish between effective and ineffective methods of increasing a child’s social engagement based on a child’s identified sensory processing strengths and barriers. 5) Identify benefits of using positive behavior planning as a process for developing positive, measurable intervention goals and practice using a tool to help develop positive intervention strategies.
Continuing Education: This training is relevant for Mental Health Professionals including: Registered Play Therapists, Licensed Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Psychologists, Certified Counselors, and School Counselors.
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC): This conference is approved for 12 CE hrs applicable to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Robert Jason Grant Ed.D # 6595 (the parent company of AutPlay Therapy) is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Attendees wishing to receive NBCC continuing education hours must meet the guidelines established by NBCC.
Association for Play Therapy (APT): This conference is approved for 6 CE Hrs applicable to the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Robert Jason Grant Ed.D # 12-318 (the parent company of AutPlay Therapy) is an APT-Approved Continuing Education Provider. Attendees wishing to receive APT continuing education hours must meet the guidelines established by APT.
International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES): This conference is approved for 12 CE Hrs applicable to IBCCES Certified Autism Specialist and Autism Certificate credentials. Robert Jason Grant Ed.D # CE159432 (the parent company of AutPlay Therapy is an IBCCES-Certified Training Partner. Attendees wishing to receive IBCCES continuing education hours must meet the guidelines established by IBCCES.
State Board Licensure Requirements for Counselors and Social Workers: Most state boards recognize NBCC and APT approved continuing education hours. Participants are encouraged to check with their state board for licensure to verify CE Hrs.
Cancellation Policy: Registration for trainings may be cancelled with a full refund up to 24 hours after registration/payment has been made. Registrations cancelled after that time will not receive a refund but participants may obtain credit for a future training.