Washington State Association for Play Therapy Spring Conference 2022

Mar 25, 2022 8:30AM—Mar 26, 2022 4:30PM


South Puget Sound Community College 2011 Mottman Rd SW Olympia, WA 98512

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TraumaPlay™: A Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy Model for Treating Traumatized Children

IN-PERSON Event Only


Play therapists must be able to explain our clinical choices all along the continuum of care when working with traumatized children and families. TraumaPlay™ translates evidence informed trauma treatment with children into a sequence of play-based component modules that celebrate the intersection of the neurobiology of play and the neurobiology of trauma, while honoring current evidence-based approaches in the field of trauma. Each component represents an important dimension of play therapy for trauma treatment and articulates both a specific treatment goal and accompanying interventions. The child’s metaphorical use of the playroom is demonstrated through a multitude of case examples and augmented with a variety of prop-based play therapy interventions. This flexible, phase-based model differentiates between goals of trauma treatment that are best accomplished through non-directive play therapy methods and goals that are best served by including attachment focused play therapy approaches that include Parents as Partners, cognitive-behavioral play therapy interventions, sandtray methods and other expressive therapy techniques. Come learn the overarching trajectory for trauma treatment as well as a multitude of practical clinical tools that can be immediately integrated into your practice.

Learning Objectives:

1) List all seven primary components of TraumaPlay™
2) List the three roles of the TraumaPlay™ Therapist
3) Describe several self-directed ways in which children use the playroom to increase their sense of safety and security in play therapy.
4) List three therapist directed activities for enhancing safety and security in play therapy.
5) Describe four play therapy interventions that assess and augment coping.
6) Describe three play therapy interventions that decrease a child’s sense of physiological arousal.
7) Describe six play therapy interventions that help parents co-regulate their children more effectively.
8) Describe three play therapy interventions for assessing and increasing emotional literacy.
9) Explain the two primary attachments roles discussed in the Parents as Partners component of the model.
10) List five play therapy interventions that prompt coherent narrative building in TraumaPlay™.
11) List four prop-based play therapy interventions that help integrate somatic memories during coherent narrative building.
12) Explain several play therapy techniques that assist clients in challenging and restructuring cognitive distortions.

Paris Goodyear-brown

Presenter Bio:

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, is the creator of the TraumaPlay™ model, the founder and Clinical Director of Nurture House, and the Executive Director of the TraumaPlay® Institute. She is an internationally renowned speaker, a prolific author and a master clinician. While she has spent the past 25 years specializing in treating trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, maltreatment and neglect) and attachment disturbances, as well as anxiety disorders. She often provides help for angry, dysregulated and depressed children and teens. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, guest lecturer for several universities in middle Tennessee, and travels around the world helping clinicians, parents, and teachers better serve children from hard places. She particularly enjoys integrating trauma-informed approaches and is an EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist. She also finds great joy in helping other clinicians create safe spaces for children and families. She is a child development expert and frequently provides parent consultation, dyadic assessment and parent coaching to help parents manage and resolve their children’s behavior problems.
With trainings in Morocco, Russia, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Sweden, Istanbul, South Africa, Nepal, Turkey, Malaysia, China and South Korea, as well as frequent domestic presentations, she is best known for developing clinically sound, played-based interventions that integrate the neurobiology of trauma, the neurobiology of play, and the power of one to heal the other. She has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education, serves on the Board of the Tennessee Association for Play Therapy, and served as the Executive Director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center. She provides play therapy and licensure supervision and consults with various school districts, agencies, and mental health organizations to help develop play therapy programs and create more developmentally sensitive programming.
Some of her most recent books include: Parents as Partners in Child Therapy: A Clinician’s GuideTrauma and Play Therapy, Tackling Touchy SubjectsPlay Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach and The Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids and their Helpful Adults. She delights in her husband, her three children, shifting paradigms, and holding hard stories for families in need.

This 2-day, 12CE event will be held IN-PERSON with COVID protocols at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA. Single-day attendance and group rates are not available for this event. We will be providing information about hotel group rates for accommodations. Meals will not be provided, there are many available alternatives for meals near the conference location.

Fee for 2 days(12 CE):
Professional Member- $350
Student/ Senior Member- $300
Student/ Senior non-member-$325
*Register by March 21, 2022

AGENDA For Both Days:

8:30 Registration opens

9:00 Conference starts

10:30 Break

10:45 Presentation

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Presentation

2:30 Break

2:45 Presentation

4:30 Conclusion


Currently, all event attendees must show proof of vaccinations prior to entering the event venue at the registration desk. All attendees must still be wearing masks. WAAPT and South Puget Sound Community College are NOT responsible for any illness contracted at this event. Acknowledgment and waiver must be signed prior to registration.

These restrictions are subject to change based on South Puget Sound Community College and Thurston County’s guidelines.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WAAPT will follow the guidelines of South Puget Sound Community College and Thurston County. If South Puget Sound Community College cannot host WAAPT due to the pandemic and guidelines issue by Thurston County, the conference will be converted to a virtual format and will be rescheduled or refunded. WAAPT will inform conference registrants and will offer full refunds to those who cannot attend the rescheduled dates. If you are unable to attend the conference due to illness refunds may be available post-conference. Please contact WAAPT at info@wa4pt.com.


SPSCC 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512-

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WAAPT has a special group rate with Olympia Hotel $99 night

Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake

2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia WA, USA T +1 (360) 252 0978  M +1 (360) 918 6937

Your guests can start making your reservations either by calling 800-206-9339 and letting them know you are with the Association of Play Therapy group or by clicking on the booking link below. Please have your guests make their reservation no later than March 17th in order to guarantee the group rate. Association of Play Therapy Booking Link

La Quinta  4600 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501 (360) 352-5433


Most hotels in the area under $150 a night.