Play Therapy Conference
Theatre Arts
Theatre Arts
Theatre Arts

Child Parent Relationship Training (CPRT):

An Evidence-Based 10-Session Filial Play Therapy Model

Oct. 22 - 24, 2015
Westside Campus Ballroom
43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury, CT 06810

Sue C. Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S is Professor at the University of North Texas and Director of UNT Center for Play Therapy with over 20 years of experience as a university professor, researcher, and clinician. Dr. Bratton is an internationally known speaker and author with over 60 publications in the areas of child counseling, play therapy and filial therapy. Her most recent books are Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), CPRT Treatment Manual, Integrative Play Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Practitioners. Dr. Bratton’s research agenda focuses on investigating the effectiveness of school-based play therapy and CPRT/Filial Therapy. Dr. Bratton is a Past President of the Association for Play Therapy (APT), recipient of the 2007 APT Outstanding Research Award, 2011 Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor Award, 2013 ACA Best Practice Award, 2013 AHC Humanistic Educator/ Supervisor Award, and 2014 ACA Extended Research Award, and the 2015 ASGW Outstanding Group Research Article.

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.


Thursday - 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (dinner served)

Dr. Drewes will present “Supervision can be Playful”

Friday - 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (box lunch served)

Dr. Bratton will present the first half of the Child-Parent Relationship Training model.

Saturday - 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (box lunch served)

Dr. Bratton will present the second half of the Child-Parent Relationship Training model.


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 

Holiday Inn Express
89 Mill Plain Rd, 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

All workshops are designed for mental health professionals, and mental health professionals who are in training. While beginners will benefit greatly from this training, all 2015 workshops are designed for Intermediate and Advanced practitioners who have some experience with Child Centered Play Therapy.

Conference Questions

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

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