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Attachment-Based Play Therapy for Emotional, Behavioral & Sensory Challenges

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor


DATE and time: July 26-27, 2019, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

LOCATION: Chenal country club, 10 Chenal Club Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72223

CONTINUING education hours available: 12 HRs

cost: ARAPT Members* $195, Non-MEMBERS $295, Students $95

*To join the Arkansas Association for Play Therapy, people must be members of the Association for Play Therapy and select Arkansas as their state branch. For more details and to join as a member, click here.

Summary of Workshop

This workshop will give participants a clear understanding of attachment theory and child development in order to decipher when treatment is necessary and help parents recognize that some of the behaviors their child is exhibiting are part of basic childhood development. We'll demonstrate how to integrate play therapy theories and incorporate creative strategies including sandtrays, bibliotherapy, mindfulness, and other expressive arts therapies through active learning and hands-on exploration. Play therapists and their mental health colleagues will leave with a toolbox filled with ready-to-use activities that they can implement immediately in daily practice with children, and also adapt for work with clients of all ages.  Mindfulness, nature-based activities, bibliotherapy and self-care will be included. Attendees should get ready to learn and have fun!

Learning Objectives:

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Demonstrate at least 3 play therapy assessment activities that can be useful for setting therapeutic goals and treatment planning for your clients. 

2) Describe 4 play therapy techniques that can be used to form healthy attachments, attunement, and regulation in play therapy clients.

3) Discuss the efficacy of using play therapy to treat behavioral symptoms seen in infants and young children.

4) Identify 3 ways sandtray play therapy can quiet a child’s nervous system when dealing with sensitive issues.

5) Describe how play therapy can reframe trauma experiences, increase self-regulation and connect to a mind/body awareness.

6)  Summarize the importance of therapeutic touch and discuss ethical issues related to implementing therapeutic touch in play therapy.

7) Apply play therapy skills to build resilience through development of relationship and self-esteem.

8) Define the Therapeutic Powers of Play and learn how they are an essential part of the healing process.

9) Determine the benefits of mindfulness and play therapy for children to regulate emotions and feel empathy.

10) Identify 3 ways bibliotherapy can be integrated into your play therapy practice.

11) Learn clinical and developmental theories that enhance our understanding of our clients, families and self.

Speaker Biography

Tammi Van Hollander is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy and she has presented play therapy workshops throughout the country. Tammi is a sought-after presenter who has done numerous podcasts and webinars, and she is the author of a multi-sensory children’s book titled “Casey’s Greatness Wings: Teaching Mindfulness Connection and Courage to Children.”

Refund / Cancellation Policy

A refund of the registration fee will be made if requested at least 24-hours prior to the conference. An administrative charge of $40.00 will be retained on all refunds. ARAPT reserves the right to cancel this conference in the event of unforeseen circumstances, and an attempt will be made to notify registrants at least 10 calendar days before the start of the conference, with the full registration fee returned. In all instances, ARAPT’s liability is limited to refund of registration fees only.

Special Accommodations

Please feel free to inform ARAPT of any accommodations that need to be made in accordance to the American Disabilities Act at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Contact Information

For questions related to the conference, please email us at

Approved Provider Status

The Arkansas Association for Play Therapy (ArAPT) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6346. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identi􀃚ed. ArAPT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. ArAPT is also an APT Approved Provider (07-199).

APT Approved Provider 07-199

APT Approved Provider 07-199

NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider 6346

NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider 6346