Cancelled – Distance Supervision and Digital Ethics – February 22nd

Distance Supervision and Digital Ethics

Please join Utah Association for Play Therapy’s own Heather Stephenson and Laura Da Silva for an educational walk through the benefits and challenges of offering distance supervision in a digital format. This full-day training offered by the Utah Association for Play Therapy, will give participants necessary information on the ins and outs of using digital technology and the ethical pitfalls surrounding it.  Participants will also learn about how to provide quality play therapy supervision in a distance format using digital technology.  This training is excellent for Registered Play Therapists who are working toward becoming supervisors.

February 22, 2019

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Draper City Council Chambers

1020 East Pioneer Road

Draper, UT  84720

(Council chambers are located on the main floor, southeast corner)

Distant Supervision Objectives:

  1. Participants will receive an overview of the requirements to become an RPT/S and the potential changes coming in the next few years.
  2. Participants will learn how to structure a supervision contract and what to include specifically for web-based supervision.
  3. Participants will learn the important of using HIPPA compliant web-based platforms and the use of BAAs.
  4. Participants will be able to identify the most common challenges to offering distant supervision and how to prepare for and overcome those challenges.
  5. Participants will learn several play therapy based interventions to use with supervisees.

Digital Ethics and Technology:

  1. Participants will learn the history of ethics
  2. Participants will learn about electronic record keeping and keeping it confidential
  3. Participants will learn what a client informed consent, to the use of technology, needs to include
  4. Participants will learn about being competent in using technology in their practice
  5. Participants will learn how to use social media in a safe way
  6. Participants will learn about confidentiality when using technology
  7. Participants will learn about HIPPA and the use of Technology



Heather Stephenson is the current UAPT President. She is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Utah State University and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She has been working in a private practice setting for 10 years in Logan. She started her own private practice, Spring Tree Counseling, about 4 years ago and specializes in play therapy (of course), trauma, EMDR, and anxiety. When she’s not at work she can be found moonlighting as a taxi service to her four teenagers. She enjoys being a mom and volunteering for her children’s various activities. And from time to time she gets to go out on a date with her husband. She will be presenting on distant supervision for the training.



Laura da Silva is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor. She earned a Bachelors in Psychology from Utah State University and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She has been working as a therapist for over 10 years. She owns her own private practice in Riverton – Lighthouse Counseling Services. She has published 3 articles and 3 books. She has also presented on self-esteem as well as Depression, in the community. Her specialties include child therapy, EMDR, self-esteem, trauma and abuse, depression and anxiety. She is fluent in the Portuguese language. As well as spending time with her husband and 4 children, she enjoys going camping, snowboarding, and making craft projects in her spare time. She will be presenting on digital ethics for the training.




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