21st Annual Play Therapy Conference

NYAPT Annual Conference 2020

Come learn and play in Buffalo, NY
April 3-4, 2020

Presenter Bio
Lisa Dion - Founder and President of Synergistic Play Therapy InstituteLisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is the founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute. She is an international teacher, the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast and webinar series and author of Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity (2018). She is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.

Conference Workshops:

April 3, 2020:
Aggression in Play Therapy
This full-day workshop is designed to help play therapists understand aggressive play from a neuro-biological perspective.

April 4, 2020:
Playing Perfectly: A Play Therapist’s Guide for Working with OCD and Perfectionism in Play Therapy
Play therapists will learn how to use themselves and the play to help these children access an understanding of the greatest perfection that exists, the child just as they are.

Supervision workshop option:
Play Therapy Supervision Through an Adlerian Lens
Mary Anne Assini, LCSW, RPT-S
Friday April 3rd, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 2 supervision CEs
Download workshop description and objectives (PDF).

Download conference brochure (PDF)

Register Online Now

Deadline to register is March 20, 2020, early registration by February 15 makes you eligible for a special prize drawing!


Come early and experience historic Buffalo!

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Afternoon tour (approximately 3 p.m)

Richardson Complex - Buffalo NYOne hour guided tour of the 145-year-old former state psychiatric facility, now a National Historic Landmark.
The Richardson Olmsted Campus will give 20 people from our group a guided tour of what was a therapeutic environment for clients in an inpatient building. Afterwards, we will stop in at the recently refurbished part of the center (now the Hotel Henry) for happy hour. Exact pricing and advance sign up will be posted here closer to the conference.




Conference Scholarship

Download our conference scholarship information. (PDF)

Continuing Education Credits

Download and read our revised statement for CE credits. (PDF)