The World Needs More Play: 2019 Play Therapy Conference

The 8th Biennial Play Therapy Conference The World Needs More Play is presented by the University of Wyoming Rocky Mountain Center of Play Therapy Studies, one of only a few approved U.S. centers for play therapy education through the Association for Play Therapy, APT Approved Provider 10-288.

Every other year, 200 mental health professionals, school counselors, social workers, and early childhood teachers are welcomed to the Play Therapy Conference at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. The hands-on conference includes intensive workshops from renowned experts in play therapy. You can earn up to 24 CEU’s for participating in the entire conference. View the conference website to learn more.

June 26 – 29, 2019
UW Conference Center
Laramie, Wyoming  

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Keynote Presenters

Keynote Presenter – Jeff Ashby PhD., ABPP, RPT-S
Dr. Jeff Ashby is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University. He is the Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience, a Licensed Psychologist, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Jeff lives in Atlanta with his wife and four children (a constant adventure). Learn more.

June 26
8:30 – 12:00 pm – The Ethics of Play Therapy in a Changing World
1:30 – 4:00 pm – Playful Play Therapy Supervision: Approach and Application  
June 27
8:30 – 12:00 pm & 1:30 – 4:00 pm – Sounds Like Fun!! Play Therapy with Pre-Teen and Teen Clients Adventure Based Play Therapy with Teens and Tweens

Keynote Presenter – J.P. Lilly MSW, LCSW, RPT-S  
J.P. Lilly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist specializing in Jungian Analytical Play Therapy. Throughout his presentation, participants will explore the deeper meaning of the child’s play as related to their core issues. A theoretical core will be established from which we can understand the child’s symptoms in relationship to how the child has processed her experiences. The dynamic relationship between the child’s conscious behavior and her deeper, unconscious formulation of complex related material will be presented. This clinical approach emphasizes the use of symbols in the work of children and crosses into both cultural and pan-cultural uses uses of symbols. Learn more.

June 28
8:30 – 12:00 pm & 1:30 – 4:00 pm – Jungian Play Therapy Part 1
June 29
8:30 – 12:00 pm & 1:30 – 4:00 pm – Jungian Play Therapy Part 2

Painting Playshop – Georgia Mann
Georgia Mann is a popular artist of handmade ceramic figures for Sandplay therapists & other play therapies for over 25 years. Since the early 90’s she has been creating uplifting figures of Archetypal images, qualities of Divine Feminine, positive male, and couples relating to life’s transitions. She has co-presented with Dr. Roz Heiko of Cary, NC, in 2008, 2010, & 2012 at the Sandtray Therapists of America National Conferences, adding art experiences to these workshops. View Georgia’s artwork on her website.  

June 28
6 – 8 pm – Painting Playshop (additional $45 registration fee required)  

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