Scenes from a Play Therapy Conference 2

Day 2 of the 3rd annual Appalachian Play Therapy Center conference with Dr. Terry Kottman. 


Preventing Play Therapy Burnout: Techniques for Self-Understanding and Self-Nurturing

Such an important topic--really for anyone but especially for therapists who are


big givers to begin with.

We experienced much large and small group work, sharing and learning from one another.

We played games.  A fun way to experience some significant learnings.

I loved seeing the smiles on everyone's faces.  Adults, in general, don't play enough.  And, play therapists can get very busy and forget to practice what we already believe very deeply.  We must strive to ensure our values are aligned with our behavior in order to prevent burnout.

One of my favorite scenes of the day was this one.

This young woman danced her way down the line.  She seemed so free, so happy, so bad-ass (pardon the language but it really fits here). 

You don't have to be a play therapist or go to a conference to experience such a moment.

My hope for you is that you give yourself permission to play freely in whatever way you prefer.

My Very First Blogpost EVAH!

Why am I doing this…

Mainly for myself for so many reasons:

To practice the importance of play. It’s what I preach (teach).
To practice writing. I’d love to write a book someday.
To practice photography. I have always loved photos.
To practice creativity. Being creative is what makes us human.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!? Nah, I know this blog will be far from perfect and I am SO okay with that.

More reasons…

To express myself. I’ve got many years of being a shy, quiet kid to make up for.
To connect with others.
To inspire others. ‘Cuz it sure feels good!