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NMAPT Annual Conference

April 16-17, 2021

NMAPT is excited to bring four exciting presenters virtually to New Mexico! We will have four amazing trainings offered by leaders in their work in Play Therapy! Join us for all four sessions, or pick which ones fit your schedule! Each session is limited to 40 participants, so register early!



Due to travel and health restrictions, we are bringing our conference to your office or living room!


Saturday, April 17, 2021

9:00 - 12:00 pm 

Using IMH to Support Parents During Play Therapy Treatment

with Brooke Harris LPC, RPT

Most play therapists are versed in approaches and interventions for children. However, many express that they would like to better understand how to support parents and caregivers throughout the play therapy process. The field of infant mental health has several concepts that can assist play therapists in their work with children, parents and their families. During this workshop, play therapists will become familiar with infant mental health principles, assessments and interventions so that they may appropriately involve parents in play therapy.

1:00 - 4:00 pm 

Looking Deeper into the Presenting Problem: Practicing Cultural Humility and Ethics in the Play Therapy Room

with Carmen Jimenez-Pride LCSW, LISW-CP, RPT-S

When working with culturally diverse populations the need to look deeper into the presenting problem is more prevalent with those exhibiting symptoms of racial trauma on the rise. Oftentimes clinical professionals are minimizing cultural and racial experiences in their treatment of Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). This workshop will focus on bringing cultural humility and ethics into the play therapy setting and challenging all play therapists and mental health professionals with examining their potential biases, how they show up in their work and their impact on the clients served.


NMAPT/APT Members:

$50 per session

Non-NMAPT/APT Members:

$65 per session

Student Rate:

$50 per session

Please note there are only 40 seats available for each session!


Each training session will offer 3 CE hours. NMAPT is an approved provider by NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board Approved Provider #0179331 and the Association for Play Therapy Approved Provider 03-132.

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 3 CONTACT CE Hours for each section.

*You must attend the live webinar presentation, with your camera on the entire time, and complete the quiz to ensure attendance.

**Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals and graduate students in a mental health program

Friday, April 16, 2021

9:00 - 12:00 pm   

Selective Mutism and Play Therapy

with Jared Andes LCSW, RPT

Treating Selective Mutism can be hard! This interactive webinar will be a fun and enlightening introduction to engaging with and treating clients with Selective Mutism. Topics will include ways to conceptualize Selective Mutism, building rapport when speech is not present, and building confidence and overcoming the anxiety cycle. This training is designed for therapists, psychologists, social workers and others who work with individuals diagnosed with Selective Mutism.

1:00 - 4:00 pm   

Solution Focused Play Therapy: The Magic of Strengths-Based Play

with Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S

Get ready to explore the magic of strengths-based play! Solution-focused play therapy (SFPT) is a strengths-based approach to play therapy. This interactive workshop will explore ways of being with kids that are playful, systemic, and affirmative. SFPT focuses on helping clients work through challenges by identifying and building on internal assets and external resources. In this workshop we will discuss the foundations and key concepts of solution-focused play therapy. Participants will explore the difference between a problem-oriented and solution-focused perspective. We will also identify how to employ SFPT techniques with children. Through this presentation, participants will practice several SFPT interventions that can be used in both in-person or virtual play therapy sessions.

Jared Andes

Selective Mutism and Play Therapy

Friday AM Session

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Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig

Solution Focused Play Therapy: The Magic of Strengths-Based Play Therapy

Friday PM Session


Brooke Harris

Using IMH to Support Parents During Play Therapy Treatment

Saturday AM Session


Carmen Jimenez-Pride

Looking Deeper into the Presenting Problem: Practicing Cultural Humility and Ethics in the Play Therapy Room

Saturday PM Session

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Cancellation is available until April 3, 2021 minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds after April 4th.