James Madison University

22nd Annual  VAPT Come Play with Us!! Conference

Children of Fury and Fawns in Gorilla Suits: Play Therapy Interventions for Aggressive Behaviors


Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience with Traumatized Children

Presented by: David Crenshaw, PhD, RPT-S

May 18 and 19, 2018
James Madison University
Festival Conference & Student Center
1301 Carrier Drive
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


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Come learn and practice evidence-informed play therapy interventions for helping children, tweens, and teens! Guided by our talented presenter, we will explore integrative techniques and frameworks for children whose relationships are disrupted by aggressive behavior and the impact of trauma.

Internationally recognized author, presenter, and play therapist Dr. David Crenshaw will share clear and compelling information, describe instructive case examples, and lead us in the playful practice of techniques during two full days of learning. The workshops will be of interest to beginning, intermediate and advanced child, adolescent, and family therapists across a variety of theoretical orientations. The workshops are designed to complement and build on each other for a two-day sequence and may be also be attended singly.

We hope you can join us!

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for mental health professionals and therapists working with children and adolescents navigating emotional and behavioral disturbances or trauma. 

  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Couple and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Therapeutic Day Treatment Providers

Participants in the field of mental health can earn up to 12 continuing education units from the following professional organizations; NBCC, ASWB, APA, and APT. Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. APT Approved Provider 98-040.

Want to attend at a reduced rate?  Join the Virginia Association for Play Therapy!

Go to the Association for Play Therapy site at http://www.a4pt.org to complete the membership application online and pay your dues. (You may provide my name as your “sponsor’ in the application).  You can then register for this conference with the reduced rate. Hooray.

The Self Esteem Shop will be on-site! Play therapy materials will be available and you will will have the opportunity to find precisely the children’s books, puppets, miniatures, or professional resource you want. You can shop and get recommendations for resources from the Self-Esteem staff and your colleagues at the conference.

ADA/504 Accommodations
If you have special needs, please contact Anne Stewart: stewaral@jmu.edu or 540.908.8288.

Inclement Weather
A refund will be provided if the program is cancelled by the Virginia Association for Play Therapy.  If the workshop must be cancelled, we will try to notify the participants by email and/or post an announcement on the VAPT Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Virginia-Association-for-Play-Therapy/234395618441?fref=ts
If you are not sure if there is a delay or cancellation, consult the VAPT FB page or call 540.908.8288 for a message.


A registration fee refund will be granted if a written request is received by May 10, 2018. An administration fee of $25 will be retained.  Notify Anne Stewart at stewaral@jmu.edu

Thanks to our supporters!

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Virginia Association for Play Therapy and the Institute for Continuing Education. Additional support is provided by the James Madison University Department of Graduate Psychology.

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