The intersection of infant mental health and play therapy: Exploring development, attachment, and trauma through a relational lens by Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, LICSW, PMH-C, RPT-S

Mar 27, 2021 8:30AM—3:30PM

WAAPT Annual Spring Conference

All Day Saturday Workshop

March 27th, 2021

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 6 CONTACT CE Hours

Registration emails with login and technology instructions, as well as access to the training materials, will go out to all participants no less than 48 hours before the event.

Due to limited availability, payment is due at time of registration.

The intersection of infant mental health and play therapy: Exploring development, attachment, and trauma through a relational lens by Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, LICSW, PMH-C, RPT-S

Workshop length – 6 CE Hours 

Biography – Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, RPT-S, PMH-C, specializes in infant and perinatal mental health. She has extensive training in play and relationship-based therapies. Meyleen is on the Board of the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health, and is the past Chair of the FL Chapter of Postpartum Support International and past President of the FL APT.

Workshop Overview – Infants and young children are fully dependent on adults for their safety and protection. In terms of risk, they represent one of the most vulnerable client populations, amounting to the largest age group of abuse and neglect cases accepted by child protective services. Play therapists working with this age group must consider the ways trauma affects the architecture of the developing brain. A thorough understanding of development and attachment can effectively help play therapists intervene with the infant mental health population. This session will provide a comprehensive understanding of infant mental health basics and prepare play therapists to provide interventions through a relational framework.

Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will apply practical skills to assess development in infants and young children during play therapy treatment

2) Participants will identify three skills for assessing and strengthening the attachment relationship. 

3) Participants will describe the interrelation of trauma and attachment to understand and assess risk. 

4) Participants will demonstrate skills in applying relational play therapy interventions when treating infants and young children who have been exposed to trauma. 

5) Participants will describe how play therapy tools are utilized for observation and reflective practice.

6) Participants will apply cultural humility to increase ethical treatment when working with diverse families.



Washington State Association for Play Therapy is an approved APT Provider.


This program has been approved for 6 CE hours by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.

NASW PROVIDER #1975-331.

Washington State Association for Play Therapy has been approved by NBCC

as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7052. Programs

that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Washington State

Association for Play Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the


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