Multicultural Play Therapy Center Conference

June 24-June 30, 2022

The mission of the Multicultural Play Therapy Center Conference is to help professionals in the fields of education and mental health broaden their knowledge and clinical skills in play therapy by providing high quality training. Although our clients, settings, and approaches may vary, we are all joined together in our sincere desire to meet the diverse needs of our clients through the healing power of play therapy. Welcome to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Multicultural Play Therapy Center.

Because of COVID-19, the Multicultural Play Therapy Center Conference will be a virtual conference this year.

Who Should Attend: Professional counselors, school counselors, play therapists, psychologists, and students. Special rates for current students (and May graduates).

What: The 14th Annual Multicultural Play Therapy Center Conference

Where: This year's conference will take place on-line via Zoom. You will receive an email invitation with directions for access after the close of registration on June 22, 2022. Please find best practice tips here. A computer is recommended for participation versus use of a smart phone. Also, hard wiring your computer to your router is highly recommended to ensure connectivity. If you have difficulty connecting with the web conference, here are some numbers you can call for support: Zoom Toll-Free (serving all 50 states, the Caribbean, and Canada) 833-302-1536 or UNC Charlotte Tech Support 704-687-5500.

When: The conference will be from June 24 - June 30, 2022 (excluding Saturday evening and all day Sunday)

Times: We will offer three (3) sessions per day EASTERN STANDARD TIME from: 8:30 to 11:45 am (EST), 12:30 to 3:45 pm (EST), and 5:00 to 8:15 pm (EST).

Approved Providers: NBCC Approved Provider #4208 and APT Approved Provider #07-191. Of the 17 workshops, 8 will be limited to 40 participants to ensure the CEs are approved by APT for CONTACT CE hours. All of the other workshops will be approved as non-contact CE hours.

: $65.00 per session
Students (non-UNC Charlotte students): $25.00 per session

No refunds will be made after June 22, 2022. The registration deadline is June 22, 2022. Refunds will be subject to a $25 processing fee.

All students must register with an official university email address to ensure student rate.

Photo and Video Release: As a result of your registration for the conference, you hereby consent to being photographed, videotaped, or audio-taped by UNC Charlotte in connection with the above- named event or activity; provided, however, that UNC Charlotte has authority to use or reproduce such photographs, video recordings, or audio recordings for UNC Charlotte educational or promotional purposes only. You understand that UNC Charlotte will not distribute such photographs, video recordings, or audio recordings to any third party, or use such photographs, video recordings, or audio recordings for any other purpose without your further written consent and agreement. Any unauthorized reproduction, dissemination, or use of video, photography, and/or audio associated with this event is strictly prohibited and will result in charges in accordance with North Carolina General Statute Chapter 14, Article 58, 14-433 through 14-440 .


Friday, June 24, 2022

Play Therapy for the Attention Different Child: Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
Scott Riviere

8:30-11:45 a.m.

Play Therapy for the Attention Different Child: Treatment Interventions
Scott Riviere
12:30-3:45 p.m.

Group Sand Tray Therapy: Play Therapy in a Virtual Environment

Olivia Tusa
5:00-8:15 p.m.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Solution Focused Play Therapy: The Magic of Strengths Based Play
Elizabeth Hartwig

8:30-11:45 a.m.

Taking Play Therapy Sessions into K-2 Classrooms: Title 1 Schools
Tim VanderGast

12:30-3:45 p.m.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Foundations of Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)
Kristie Opiola

2:00-5:15 p.m.

Monday, June 27, 2022

ACEs Too High: Child-Centered Play Therapy as The Card Up Your Sleeve

Amy Grybush
8:30-11:45 a.m.

The Heroic Transformational Journey of Play Therapy
John Paul Lilly
12:30-3:45 p.m.

The Power of Equus and the Close Ties to Play Therapy
Jill VanHorne
5:00-8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Cultivating Self-Care in Play Therapy Supervision
Jennifer Hall
8:30-11:45 a.m.

Play Therapy with Angry and Aggressive Clients: An Adlerian Approach - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Jeff Ashby
12:30-3:45 p.m.

Addressing Play Therapists Supervisees' Multicultural Competence

Peggy Ceballos
5:00-8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Tapping into Playful Parts; Building on the Foundations of CCPT to Construct an Integrative Approach to Play Therapy
Christa Phipps
8:30-11:45 a.m.

Enhancing Play Therapists' Multicultural Awareness

Peggy Ceballos
12:30-3:45 p.m.

Working Through Traumatic Events: Release Play Therapy in Action- REGISTRATION CLOSED
Heidi Kaduson
5:00-8:15 p.m.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Growing Healthy Attachment through Nature-Based Play Therapy
Anne Stewart
8:30-11:45 a.m.

Room for Everyone: Using Family Play Therapy to Treat Attachment Wounds
Marshall Lyles
12:30-3:45 p.m.

Play and Sandtray Therapy with Clients Impacted by Shame
Daniel Sweeney
5:00-8:15 p.m.


Please contact Dr. Phyllis Post regarding program questions at or (704) 488-6111.

Please contact Dr. Victor Mack at (704) 687-8801 or if you have questions regarding registration.