20th Annual Play Therapy Conference

20th Annual Play Therapy ConferenceThe 20th Annual Play Therapy Conference will be held
March 22 – 23, 2019 in Niagara Falls, NY.

Stay, learn and play in Niagara Falls, New York!

Niagara Falls, NY is a great place to visit! Our conference site is a 5 min walk from the overlook for the American Falls.

A passport or enhanced license is needed to cross into Canada to view the Canadian side, but can be accessed easily by pedestrians over the Rainbow Bridge. A map of the local area is available for download (PDF).

There are still spots available!

View the conference brochure

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Conference Details

Handouts will not be printed for you. As part of having a “green” conference, we no longer print the handouts ahead of time. Many people access them electronically, or you may print them for yourself prior to arrival. Handouts for both days of the conference are available for download below:

Continuing Education Credit

Please refer to the brochure for a list of the professions covered. To obtain credit you will need to complete a CE packet at the conference AND sign in and out for each day. You must remain for the entire day in order to receive credit for that day. No partial credit will be given per CE policies. Certificates will be mailed to you.

Conference Location

Conference Location:
The Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

5 minutes walk from the American Falls!

Arrival information for hotel guests

Address of the hotel:
Sheraton Niagara Falls
300 Third Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
(716) 285-3361

There are other Sheraton properties in the vicinity so be sure you have the right one in your GPS! Parking is available for hotel guests in the lot adjacent to the Sheraton and is included in your room rate, but you must take your ticket to the front desk for validation and present it when you leave. Bring a swimsuit! There is a terrific pool area at the hotel, also several onsite restaurants and tunnel access to the Seneca Niagara Casino, which also has a number of restaurants.

The Conference is taking place across the street from the Sheraton, at the Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls.

Conference Arrival

Registration will open at 8:00 am and is located inside the Old Falls Street entrance to the Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303.

For those who are not staying in the hotel, you may download this parking and directions pass (PDF).

Our program with Dr. Hudspeth will begin promptly at 8:45 and run until 4:00 each day. We will offer a continental breakfast and buffet lunch each day, and a networking reception with snacks and a cash bar on Friday from 4:00-5:00 which will include the chance to see some play therapy research posters and network with colleagues. During lunch on Saturday we will hold a brief general chapter meeting and throughout the conference we will be giving away prizes, and hold a theme basket raffle to raise money for our scholarship fund.

Supervision Workshop

The 2 hour supervision workshop with Steve Demanchik on Friday from 6:30-8:30 is open to anyone wanting supervision credit towards obtaining or maintaining their RPT-S or anyone with interest in the process of clinical supervision. There are still a few seats available and the cost is $55.

Download the description and objectives for Maximizing Play Therapy Supervision: Partnership and Process by Stephen P. Demanchick, Ph.D, LMHC, RPT-S

Play Therapy Toys and Books

Play Therapy toys and books will be available for purchase from the Self Esteem Shop, our vendor. They have a brief survey they would like attendees to complete about the purchases they are hoping to make.