Play Therapy Conference
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Traumatized Children: Play Therapy Tools to Sow the Seeds of Healing

Nov. 15-17, 2013
Westside Campus Ballroom
43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury, CT 06810

Dr. Athena A. Drewes, RPT-S, a licensed psychologist, is director of clinical training at Astor Services for Children & Families in New York. She has served in various capacities on the board of the New York - APT. She has authored and co-edited seven books on play therapy, and is a renowned national and international lecturer on play therapy. Her treatment specialization is children in schools and foster care, trauma, sexual abuse, and attachment issues.


Attendees may register by mailing in a registration form and the appropriate payment. We are also allowing attendees to register electronically, by clicking here (link). However, due to financial rules and regulations, we are unable to accept payments electronically. Attendees who register on-line will need to mail in the appropriate payment. Your registration will be considered incomplete until your payment is received.  


Friday Evening:

  • 5:30 to 8:30 (Drewes & Lomas) Playful Supervision: Making Supervision both Fun and Meaningful using Play Therapy
  • 5:30 to 8:30 Dinner Served (Included)


  • 8:00 to 8:45 Continental Breakfast (Included)
  • 9:00 to 10:30 (Keynote: Drewes) The Therapeutic Powers of Play and Play Therapy: Magical Moments
  • 10:45 to 12:15 (Nash) Treating Trauma Reactions in the Schools: Considerations, Play Therapy Techniques, and Supporting Staff
  • 12:15 Lunch Served (Included)
  • 1:15 to 4:30 (Carey) Sandplay Therapy for Trauma Survivors


  • 8:00 to 8:45 Continental Breakfast (Included)
  • 9:00 to 12:15 (Tonning) When there are no words: Treating Trauma using Play Therapy
  • 12:15 Lunch (Included)
  • 1:15 to 4:30 (Drewes) Play-based Applications for Trauma Focused CBT with Children


Individuals with disability accommodations should request them in writing at least 10 days prior to the conference. Requests can be sent to the organizer, Dr. Gabriel Lomas, at


There are a number of comfortable and reasonably-priced hotels within a 5 minute drive of the WCSU Westside Campus. The list below is a sample of several hotels in the area. Attendees will need to arrange for accommodations on their own.  

Ethan Allen
21 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT 

Super 8
3 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT

Residence Inn
22 Segar St, Danbury, CT 

Spring Hill Suites
30 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT 

Hilton Garden Inn
119 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury, CT

Crowne Plaza
18 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT 

Workshop Skills Level

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Conference Questions

Contact Dr. Gabriel Lomas at 203-837-8512 or

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