Modern Play Therapy Practice for COVID-19 and Beyond
Dr. Rachel Altvater
The schedule will consist of lecture, discussions, and experiential work
45 Minutes – Navigating the tele-play therapy platform & incorporating technology into play therapy
- General guidance
- Increasing comfort
- Speaking with parents
- Diversity factors
- Ethical considerations
- Managing challenges
45 Minutes - Conceptualizing problem behaviors through theoretical foundation
- Exploring directive / non-directive approaches
- Helping people to understand what is occurring for a client through a particular theoretical lens (e.g., psychodynamic framework will focus on early childhood and attachment experiences) - this will lead clinicians to understanding which interventions to use that matches their primary orientation
90 Minutes – Digital tool interventions
- How to choose digital tools to meet theoretical foundation and client needs
- Transitioning digital tools back to the play therapy office
- Experiential activity and discussion
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Describe chosen core theoretical framework for play therapy practice and apply clinically sound tele-play therapy interventions based on theoretical framework and client problem behavior.
- Identify two diversity factors and two ethical considerations when navigating the tele-play therapy platform.
- Demonstrate application of digital tools via tele-play therapy and transition of these interventions back to in-office play therapy sessions.
General Course Information
Example: This course is limited to 40 participants and is designed to facilitate experiential work, group discussion, and review the present literature and practice regarding technology and play therapy. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their specific needs and clinical questions. Participant feedback and participation will be sought out throughout the training.
Clinical case discussions will adhere to HIPPA regulations regarding client confidentiality.
Target audience is all mental health professional disciplines
The program is Beginning Level
This event is co-sponsored by Starbright Training Institute and the Institute for Continuing Education. Starbright Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Provider No. 96-029).
Additional CE units, not specific to play therapy, will be provided through the Commonwealth Educational Seminars (www.commonwealtheducation.com). There is an additional $25 fee for social work, counseling, MFT, and psychology CEs and checks are made out to Starbright Training Institute (or cash paid at training, no credit cards).
For information about continuing education credit, fees, and deadlines for cancellations/refunds, please see https://starbrighttraininginstitute.com/. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
Myriam Goldin, LCSW, RPT-S is Director of Starbright Training Institute.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: your name, email, and phone. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.
Accommodations for the Differently Abled
Starbright Training Institute’s training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations please contact the Director of Starbright Training Institute. See contact information above.
Course Instructor Contact Information
Name: Rachel Altvater, Psy.D., RPT-S
Bio: Dr. Rachel Altvater is a Licensed Psychologist in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, Registered Play Therapist–Supervisor, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is the owner of Creative Psychological Health Services, a psychologist at Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Maryland, and the President of the Maryland/DC Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Altvater published two articles in the International Journal of Play Therapy on her research of technology use in play therapy and is a contributing author in Integrating Technology in Modern Therapies: A Clinician’s Guide to Developments and Interventions. She is the recipient of the 2019 Emerging Leader Service Award from the Association for Play Therapy, the 2018 Outstanding Play Therapy Research Award from the Maryland/DC Association for Play Therapy, and the 2018 Distinguished Alumna of the Year from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. Campus.
Phone: (443) 478-3619 (work cell)