Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

* Free Parking at Metropolitan Parking Garage

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Niki Picogna 
MD/DC Association for Play Therapy 
Use of Digital Tools in the Play Therapy Process


Jessica Stone, Ph.D., RPT-S is a Licensed Psychologist, RPT-S, and co-creator of the Virtual Sandtray App, who works in a private practice setting in Colorado. She has provided psychological services to children, teens, adults, families, and prospective parents since 1994.  Dr. Stone has been involved with the Association for Play Therapy in numerous capacities for more than 20 years, including serving as CALAPT Branch President. She has presented nationally and internationally, and has been published in the fields of psychology and play therapy.


Rachel Altvater, Psy.D., LCPC, RPT is a Licensed Clinical  Psychologist in Virginia, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, Registered Play Therapist, and Certificed Clinical Trauma Professional, who works as a clinician at the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, VA.  She presently serves on the MD/DC Association for Play Therapy board as the Outreach Coordinator and on the Association for Play Therapy Leadership Committee.  Dr. Altvater completed her doctoral dissertation, published her research in the International Journal of Play Therapy, and provides training locally and nationally on the topic of technology use in play therapy.


Participants will learn about how the therapeutic needs of their clients can be met through the appropriate use of digital tools in play therapy.  Children’s play has transformed in the past decade, due to a sociocultural shift towards technology.  It is important for child mental health professionals to understand how these changes impact childrens’ lives, along with play therapy treatment.  This training will provide a literature review and information about current standards and ethics regarding incorporation of technological interventions in play therapy treatment.  Attendees will be able to learn and use various innovative new tools, including the Virtual Sandtray App (VSA).  Participants will have the ability to engage in active discussions and experiential learning with technological interventions.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

    1. Understand the new age world of technology for children and how this influences play therapy.
    2. Identify research findings relative to positive and negative impacts of technology on child’s play and incorporation in play therapy sessions.
    3. Recognize the current standards and ethics to consider when incorporating technology in play therapy.
    4. Explore numerous digital play therapy interventions
    5. Analyze and discuss the use and experience of digital tools to foster comfort in practical application
    6. Obtain the knowledge and tools necessary to discuss digital play therapy interventions to caregivers and collateral contacts
    7. Understand the growing body of research supporting the appropriate use of digital tools

      Cancellation Policy: 

      For 100% refund, written cancellation must be received at least 14 days prior to the training. Otherwise, a credit will be given for a future training.  If you do not notify a board member prior to the training of your intent to cancel, you will not receive a refund or credit. 

      Cost: (6 CEs and light refreshments during registration included in cost)

      $100 for APT members* and $125 for Non-APT members.

      *For more information on how to become an APT member, click here.

        Continuing Education:

        This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886773312-2165) for 6 continuing education contact hours. Other professions such as professional counseling, school counseling, psychology, marriage and family therapy, and nursing readily accept NASW contuning education contact hours. Please consult with your boards directly to verify their continuing education requirements. MD/DC Association for Play Therapy is an APT Approved Provider #17-522 and maintains responsibility for the program.