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Designing an Evidence-Based Play Therapy Program
Designing an Evidence-Based Play Therapy Program


When:  Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Embed Evidence–Based Interventions in Fun, Everyday Activities
Play therapy is a highly effective vehicle for promoting cognitive, physical, social–emotional, and language development.
 While it continues to evolve at breakneck pace alongside advances in technology, its core concepts remain simple, adaptable, and budget–friendly for parents and clinicians alike. Best of all, play therapy feels natural for clients, allowing you to embed evidence–based interventions in everyday activities. This program will show you how to incorporate play into a child and family's daily routine, as well as enhance parental engagement in the process and improve compliance with therapy outside of sessions.
 In this hands–on seminar, we'll explore the essential "how–to" details of play therapy, walking through individual and group sessions and connecting each step with supporting research and child development theory, from room setup and activity/toy selection to your role as a coach and facilitator. Discover effective ways to individualize approaches according to client and family needs, such as when working with clients who demonstrate challenging behaviors or have sensory processing/communication deficits. We'll also discuss how to provide play therapy with the same level of structure and accountability found in traditional skill–based training, showing you how to operationalize general tasks that are often poorly defined, from conducting parent consultations to measuring and documenting progress for parents and third–party payers. Case studies throughout the seminar offer relevant practice examples, illustrating how to carry out effective sessions while responding to a range of variables and challenges.
 By the end of the day, you'll come away with a toolbox filled with ready–to–use techniques that can be immediately implemented in your work with children and clients of all ages. Whether you're searching for guidance on how to incorporate play therapy into your practice or a refresher on the latest methods and techniques, this course is designed for you.

What You Should Bring:

  • Attendees should dress comfortably.

  • Bring any techniques and success stories you've had in your practice.

  • Compare the stages of development from birth through young adulthood.

  • Identify the different types of play, and analyze the relationship between play and development.

  • Demonstrate how to apply hands-on techniques to enhance your treatment sessions.

  • Describe applications of the latest research on play for treatment sessions.

  • Demonstrate positive/appropriate uses of 'screen time' for children.

  • Explain how to better facilitate parent interaction and enhance development through play.

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Speech–Language Pathologists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Rehab Directors

  • Educators

  • Early Childhood Staff

  • Early Childhood Special Education Teachers

  • Psychologists

  • Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Social Workers

  • Counselors


SUSAN HAMRE, MA, CCC/SLP, is an ASHA-certified speech/language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience, specializing in autism interventions within home, school, hospital, and community settings. Since earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Northern Michigan University, she has owned and managed a private practice in Santa Fe for more than 25 years, serving individuals from infancy to adulthood, with an emphasis on developmental disabilities, ASD, and various other challenging conditions.

Additionally, Ms. Hamre is the director of the Autism Training Center at Giant Steps (a therapeutic day school for individuals with ASD) near Chicago, Illinois. She is a frequently requested speaker who has provided numerous continuing education trainings across the country on ASD. In her spare time, she has made five Operation Smile mission trips — four to the Philippines and one to Africa. While those trips were medical in nature (cleft lip and palate), on every one of those trips, Ms. Hamre helped identify the existence of probable autism, steered families in the right direction, and supported medical personnel in discovering how best to work with this unique population. Those situations underscore her belief that with trained eyes, the unique set of characteristics that cloak ASD can be not only spotted at a very young age, but worked with successfully in all sorts of environments — even when the same language is not being spoken.


Financial—Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education
Nonfinancial—No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist

Counselors: This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Marriage & Family Therapists: This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants
Vyne Education, LLC. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Intermediate, Category 1: Domain of OT, 2: Occupational Therapy Process.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: Maryland: This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.6 CEUs.

Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6 CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.

Social Workers
Vyne Education, LLC. provider #1005, "formerly Cross Country Education" is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved period 1/27/2018-1/27/2021). Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at for more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for social workers.

Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists
This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

This educational offering may qualify toward your professional development requirement. The educational offering consists of 6 clock hours. Use this information and your board rules and regulations to calculate professional development/continuing education credit.

Other Professions
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

All Professionals: In order to process continuing education, please bring the appropriate license/certification number to the seminar.

Certificates, Educational Offering Completion Requirements: Certificates will be awarded upon receipt of payment and successful completion of the educational offering and evaluation form.

Amended Certificates: Please note that the credit hours listed above are offered by Vyne Education and/or boards/associations for a full day's attendance. In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling Vyne Education.

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