NMAPT Annual Conference

Friday April 16, 2021

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Meet Jared

Jared Andes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist who graduated from the University of Utah. Throughout his career Jared has focused on children, teens, and families who experience a wide variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, autism spectrum, selective mutism, and more. Jared currently works in private practice and for Intermountain Health. For the last three years, he has also participated in Resilience Camp, an intensive group behavioral treatment program for children diagnosed with Selective Mutism, as a camp counselor.

Selective Mutism and Play Therapy


After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the four stages in the Anxiety Cycle and how it impacts Selective Mutism.

  2. Learn to implement three play therapy approaches to foster relationship and growth within the therapeutic alliance.

  3. Learn to identify 2 therapeutic exposures to decrease Selective Mutism symptoms.

Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S, is an Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University where she teaches play therapy, animal-assisted counseling, and marriage and family therapy courses. Dr. Hartwig is the author of the book Solution-Focused Play Therapy: A Strengths-Based Clinical Approach to Play Therapy and co-author of the book Canine-Assisted Interventions: A Comprehensive Guide to Credentialing Therapy Dog Teams. She is a Past President of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and is currently serving on the Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors. She is also the founder and director of the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy. Dr. Hartwig has a private practice in New Braunfels, TX called Pawsitive Family Counseling, LLC, where she works with her canine partners, Ruggles and Holly.

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


After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define 3 key concepts of Solution Focused Play Therapy.

  2. Describe 2 Solution Focused Play Therapy techniques that emphasize goal setting and progress assessment.

  3. Evaluate 2 Solution Focused Play Therapy interventions that can be employed in the playroom.