Play Therapy Conference
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Child Parent Relationship Training (CPRT):

Using Play Therapy to Help Traumatized Children Heal

December 2-3, 2016
Westside Campus Ballroom
43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury, CT 06810

Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW-R, RPT-S is in private practice in Buffalo, NY. She is certified in EMDR and is a faculty member of the Child Trauma Institute. She has trained nationally and internationally, including extended training in Beijing, China. Beckley-Forest is currently on the board of the New York Association for Play Therapy. Her presentations will focus on the use of play therapy with traumatized children. The impact of both exposure to trauma and insecure attachment is now well understood to have a key role in most of the presenting problems for our child clients. Play therapists need a framework to help children move from being either avoidant of these experiences or “stuck” in post-traumatic play. This two-day training builds on foundational play therapy skills to understand the impact of trauma and how to help children digest trauma and difficult experiences to reduce their reactivity. Attendees will learn creative interventions as well as how to use the themes and metaphors of the child’s play to gradually approach and process traumatic material. We will review in depth the work of leading play therapists such as Paris Goodyear-Brown and Eliana Gil. A core component of this training will be understanding attachment wounds and how to utilize attachment based activities and behaviors and learning soothing interventions to manage dissociation and hyperarousal.



Attendees may register by mailing in a registration form and the appropriate payment.


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

Ann Beckley-Forest will speak on play therapy with traumatized children, part 1.

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

Ann Beckley-Forest will speak on play therapy with traumatized children, part 2.


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 2016 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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