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Registration for 2018 Annual Conference
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Date: November 2-3, 2018

Location: Simmons Great hall, John Brown University, 2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs, AR 72761

time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS: 6 CE hours per day / 12 CE Hours total

cost:  1 DAY: ARAPT MEMBER $110, Non-member $210, Student member*** $60, Student non-member $110

            2 DAY: ArAPT Member $185, Non-member $285, Student member*** $85, Student non-member $135

***To be a member of the Arkansas Association for Play Therapy, a person must be a “Professional” or “Affiliate” member of the Association for Play Therapy. The free “e-student” membership provided by APT does not include state branch membership.

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Day 1

We are reserving the first day of our upcoming annual conference for multiple workshops featuring local play therapists. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a workshop, please complete the following form on our website

The deadline for submissions is 9/28. Those who are selected to present will be able to attend both days of the conference for free!   

Day 2


Play Therapy Across the Lifespan: Treating Children, Teens, and Adults

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S

Summary of Workshop

Play therapy is not just an effective therapeutic approach for young children, it is also a powerful tool for use with teens and adults as well!  Across ages and stages, play therapy helps clients to bring awareness of feelings, make sense of thoughts and emotions, increase understanding of self and others, and improve social and emotional functioning.  Attend this fun and hands on play therapy training to explore how you can apply play therapy techniques with any client, regardless of age or presenting symptom.   We will explore the power of play, developmentally appropriate play and interventions, how to strengthen self-esteem and self-confidence.  You will leave with a toolbox filled with play therapy techniques utilizing Sandtray, expressive arts, puppets, role playing, and guided imagery (to name a few) that you can use immediately with clients of all ages.

Learning Objectives:

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Describe effective play therapy strategies across ages and stages of development

2. Identify how play therapy impacts neuropsychosocial development

3. Conceptualize attachment patterns to strengthen client’s relationships.

4. Apply skills in engaging parents in family play therapy.

5. Identify two evidence-based play therapy techniques to treat children, teens, and adults

6. Apply effective evidence-based play therapy techniques that can be used immediately with their client populations.

Speaker Biography

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has focused on providing therapy to children, teens, and their families. Before joining Wasatch Family Therapy as the Director of Child and Adolescent Services, she worked in a successful private practice. She is currently the Clinical Director at Wasatch Family Therapy. Ms. Mellenthin is a sought after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, and the University of Southern California MSW programs. She is currently the President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy.

In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings and appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues.

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 or contact Nick Cornett at 479-524-7445. 

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 identified. ArAPT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

ArAPT is also an APT Approved Provider (07-199).