23rd Annual Play Therapy Conference

NYAPT Annual Conference 2023

April 21-22, 2023 – Embassy Suites by Hilton –  Buffalo, NY

We welcome all Social workers, psychologists, family therapists, psychiatrists, school counselors, child life specialists, nurses, mental health counselors and graduate students to attend.

Registration deadline: March 20, 2023

One Day Pass:
Full time student: $140
Members of APT/NYAPT: $185
Non-Members: $240

Full Conference Pass:
Full time Student: $199
Members of APT/NYAPT: $299
Non-Members: $399

Use the link below to register:

Download our conference brochure for all information and resources (PDF)

Hotel and Booking Information:

Booking Link: https://group.embassysuites.com/rkg495
Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton Buffalo 200 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14202, US
Phone: (716) 842-1000
Group Name: New York Association for
Play Therapy Rate: $149

Speaker Highlight:

Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S
Lisa is an international teacher, clinical supervisor, author, coach
and entrepreneur. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and is at the cutting edge of her field creating new and innovative models of therapy with children and adults. She is the founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy®. She is also a Certified Gestalt Therapist, Parent Educator, Level II EMDR Practitioner and Master Certified Facilitator of the Demartini MethodTM.

Lisa will be leading the following sessions:

  • Friday, April 21st – Working with Aggression and Intensity in the Playroom Workshop
  • Saturday, April 22nd –Medical Trauma in Play Therapy Workshop

Break-out Sessions:

Break-Out A :

Tara Benson, LCSW

Tara Benson, LCSW
Session Title: Providing Anti-Racist and Trauma Informed Play Therapy inside the Play Room


Break Out B:

Maria Knickerbocker, LCSW-R, RPT-SMaria Knickerbocker, LCSW-R, RPT-S
Session Title: The Play Therapist in the Courtroom from Disclosure to Testimony: Providing Safety for All in Play Therapy


Break-Out C:

Dr. Jodi Ann Mullen, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-MasterDr. Jodi Ann Mullen, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-Master
Session Title: Keeping Your Play Therapy Spark Ignited


Break-Out D:

Erin Hassall, LMFT, RPT-SErin Hassall, LMFT, RPT-S
Session Title: Bereavement and The Invisible String: School Based Play Therapy Activities to Connect, Support, and Heal


Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW-R, RPT-S

Play Therapy Supervision Workshop

Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW-R, RPT-S
Title: Play Therapy Competencies in the Supervision Relationship

2 CEs play therapy supervision credits

Who should take this: Any RPT-S member and those RPTs looking for continuing education to prepare them for the RPT-S mentorship role in play therapy.


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*BONUS* you will continue to receive 15% off anything you purchase at the conference as well! Reserve your books by these amazing authors including Lisa Dion, Jodi Mullen, Ann Beckley- Forest and more to be ready to get those autographs!


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