Training Cost: 

General Registration:

SHAPT Member- $120; Non-Member- $155; Student- $100

* Calendar is subject to change. 

Playing for Peace: Play Therapy with High Conflict Families

Presented by: Mandi Meléndez, LMFT, LPC, RPT, NCC

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020     9am-4pm

Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

1st Floor Fellowship Center

Families experiencing high levels of conflict are struggling on many levels, as individuals and as part of the family system. Strengthening familial bonds is critical, particularly for children who will see benefit to their wellbeing throughout the lifespan (Bastiaansen et al., 2005; Felitti et al., 1998; Kessler et al., 2010; Paradis et al., 2011). Research supports the importance of family-oriented clinical practices, but children and caregivers often experience therapy alone (Haslam & Harris, 2011; Sori & Sprenkle, 2004). In this workshop we will discuss the rationale for family play therapy, explore creative and playful means of support for every member of the family while holding therapeutic boundaries and demonstrating ethical and theoretically sound practice. Special attention will be given to attachment and its role in the entire family system, and case examples will be provided to deepen understanding of the clinical applications of family play therapy.