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Play Therapy with Traumatized Families, January 24, 2020 ****SOLD OUT!****

January 24

$50.00 – $100.00

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Play Therapy With Traumatized Families

Presenters: Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPTS & Kayelyn Robinson, LCSW, RPTS

January 24, 2020

Southwest Behavioral Health Center

474 West 200 North

St. George, UT 84770

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM



Trauma impacts families in many ways – some traumas are very visible such as natural disasters, community violence, chronic medical issues, loss of a home to fire, to name a few. Other types of trauma are hiding in plain sight and tend to be the most painful and long-lasting.  Relational trauma and interpersonal violence occur in homes across America and the legacy of this impacts generations of families.  Secondary trauma is also a very real experience for many parents and family members, after a loved one has been exposed to a traumatic experience.

Play therapists are often the first responders in restoring emotional, mental, and relational well-being to young children and their parents following a traumatic experience. In this daylong workshop, we will explore the impact of trauma on the attachment relationship between family members and how to repair, rebuild, and restore a secure connection using Attachment Centered Play Therapy. Join us as we explore how to help parents become a resource to their child and a critical component to their child’s healing journey using parent-child play therapy interventions to promote repair and attachment building.

Learning Objectives:

  • Conceptualize development of attachment patterns in parent-child relationships.
  • Identify ways trauma impacts development and how play aids in the healing of relational trauma.
  • Name two play-based co-regulation strategies for use with parent and child in play therapy.
  • Assess appropriateness of parent involvement in play therapy
  • Demonstrate two Attachment Centered Play Therapy interventions to repair parent-child relationship
  • Conceptualize role of parent in facilitating safety in the environment


8:30 Registration

9:00 – 10:15          Training begins at 9:00 AM

10:15 – 10:30        Break

12:00 – 1:00          Lunch – On your own

2:15 – 2:30            Break

2:30 – 4:30            Training concludes at 4:30 PM


  • Kayelyn Robinson, LCSW (She, Her, Hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She is trained in EMDR, Trauma-focused CBT, infant mental health, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder, and provides play therapy supervision/consultation for those working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She is specialized in children, play therapy, trauma and attachment. She enjoys working with children, teens, adults, and families on a variety of issues, including: play therapy, trauma, attachment and abuse, and addictions. She developed a Parenting the Traumatized Child Group for caregivers in a surrogate parent role (kinship, guardianship, foster care, and adoptive parents). She has served as a backup trainer for Utah Foster Care for potential (pre service training) foster parents and also for ongoing training for currently licensed foster parents. She currently serves on the Utah Association of Play Therapy board.


  • Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S is an international speaker, author, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has specialized in providing play therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Child & Adolescents at Wasatch Family Therapy. Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy professional trainings on Attachment Centered Play Therapy, Family, and Trauma issues both nationally and internationally. Ms. Mellenthin is a sought-after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program.  She is the Past-President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy and remains an active member on the Board of Directors. She is the author of Attachment Centered Play TherapyPlay Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders;  My Many Colors of Me Workbook, and has authored several chapters and articles.  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.


Earn up to 6 APT approved CEU’s

APT approved provider #98-036

UAPT Cancelation Policy

Registration cancellations must be submitted to UAPT in writing. The Conference fees, minus a $75 administrative charge, will be refunded only if the request is postmarked, or emailed to utahplaytherapy@gmail.com, 30 days prior to the conference or workshop. Registration refunds will not be made within 30 days prior to the conference or workshop.   No refunds will be given to parties who register but do not attend. Registrations may be transferred to another person without penalty only if original registrant notifies UAPT.


UAPT reserves the right to cancel this conference in the event of unforeseen circumstances.  If such occurs, UAPT will attempt to notify registrants at least 10 calendar days prior to the conference and refund all registration, workshop, continuing education fees.


January 24
$50.00 – $100.00
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Southwest Behavioral Health Center
474 West 200 North
St George, UT 84770 United States
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