Friday, November 6, 2020 at 8:30 AM EST
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 4:30 PM EST

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Quinn Smelser 
MD/DC Association for Play Therapy 

MD/DC APT Virtual Live Conference: Cultivating Cultural Humility in Play Therapy Supervision & Treatment 

Please join the MD/DC Association for Play Therapy for our Fall 2020 12-Hour Virtual Live Conference on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 8:30 am-4:30pm and Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 8:30 am-4:30pm. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 12 CONTACT CE Hours and is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 12 continuing education hours upon receiving post-test and course evaluations.

Continuing Education: 

There will be 2 sessions to attend and there will be 6 CEs available for each session (12 CEs total) upon receiving post-test and course evaluations. This program is Approved by the National Association for Social Workers (Approval # 886773312-5502)  for 12 continuing education contact hours upon receiving post-test and couse evaluations. The Maryland/DC Association for Play Therapy is an APT Approved Provider 17-522 and maintains responsibility for the program.


Workshop fees with CE Cost included: 

$105 for one day; $200 for both days. Current MD/DC APT members will receive a special 5% discount code via email.  

Cancellation Policy: 

Due to the limited amount of registrants allowed, once registered and paid, there will be no refunds granted.  

Schedule for both days: 

8:30am  Registration

9am-10:30am Synchronous webinar

10:30am-10:45am Break

10:45am-12:15pm Synchronous webinar

12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch

1:15pm-2:45pm Synchronous webinar

2:45pm-3pm Break

3pm-4:30pm Synchronous webinar

Sessions, presenters, descriptions, and zoom link are as follows: 

Friday Session:

Cultural Humility and Play Therapy Supervision Exploration, Expectations, and More

Presented by: Xanthia Johnson, LPC, LCPC, ACS, RPT-S 

Description: The term cultural humility as opposed to cultural competence is now evolving as a more appropriate term to describe how play therapists and other mental health providers should approach race, class, and gender. These topics should be regularly explored or addressed under play therapy supervision to enrich learning. This program will focus on these reflective, growth-oriented discussions while also incorporating culturally sensitive play therapy-based experientials for use in play therapy supervision and practice. 


  1. Identify three relevant cultural theories that serve as the foundational base for culplay therapy supervision and practice. 

  2. Analyze three cultural supervision models that can be used to explain the importance of cultural humility in the play therapy supervisory relationship.

  3. Demonstrate three techniques for tracking developmental stages of supervisees as related to cultural humility in play therapy skills and techniques.

  4. Discuss three ways to develop a supportive structure for the play therapy supervisors' expectations of supervisees. 

  5. Apply three culturally sensitive play therapy-based activities in play therapy supervision and practice. 

Xanthia Johnson is the founder and CEO of Urban Playology, a boutique private practice in Washington DC. Urban Playology provides transformative psychotherapy and expressive arts therapies to women of color, families of color, and queer folk of color. She is a licensed play therapist supervisor in DC & Maryland. She is an approved clinical supervisor in both jurisdictions. Xanthia has earned post graduate credentials for trauma focused CBT from the Medical College of South Carolina and Georgetown University. She taught for 12 years in the graduate clinical program at Trinity Washington University. Xanthia has over 20 years of experience providing trauma resilient play therapy to children and families in DC. She is co-founder of the Compassionate Anti-racism project. The project helps white people and organizations who are ready to have courageous conversations about race learn how to leverage their privilege to humbly support people of color. Xanthia actively practices and teaches cultural humility in play therapy supervision.

Saturday Session:

Play Therapy for LGTBQ+ Youth and Families

Presented by: Dr. Quinn Smelser, NCC, LPC, RPT

Description: This program will focus on the intersection of play therapy with gender and sexual identity development. The training will highlight how play therapy inherently encourages gender and sexuality exploration. Techniques to assess and treat for traumatic experiences this population has experienced will be shown, practiced, and discussed. Presenter will facilitate a conversation about this emerging area of need and discuss ideas for play therapists to better advocate for these children. 


  1. Define at least two constructs of gender and sexual identity development for play therapists to consider.

  2. Demonstrate two examples of how play therapy and gender and sexuality exploration can be viewed as compatible for play therapists.

  3. Identify two myths that play therapists may have about gender and sexual identity development and exploration in therapy.

  4. Provide two reasons explaining the importance as play therapists of supervision, continuing education, and advocating for children who are gender-non-conforming.

Quinn K. Smelser, PhD, NCC, LPC, RPT graduated with her doctorate in counseling from The George Washington University and is a licensed counselor in Texas and Virginia working on transferring licensure to Maryland. She has specialized play therapy and trauma training and is also a Registered Play Therapist and National Certified Counselor. She has had the honor of being supervised by Dr. Eliana Gil, Dr. Linda Homeyer, Dr. Mary Morrison-Bennett, and Dr. Elizabeth Kjellstrand-Hartwig. Quinn is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Loyola University Maryland where she teaches school counseling students and will begin offering play therapy courses. She lives in Maryland and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Play Therapy, Chi Sigma Iota, and a volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign and The Trevor Project.