Non-Parent Play Therapists: Building Connections and Self-Care — February 9, 2024

What is it like to be a play therapist without children? Many of our clients can just assume we are parents. We may look around at our colleagues and notice we are the only non-parents in the room.

This workshop invites those of us without kids, whether childless, childfree, undecided, or intending to parent “one day…” to share experiences and build community. We will discuss insights from the literature, identify issues unique to play therapy, and gain a broad sense of how to be a less isolated minority within a very child-full profession.

Presenter: Katie Maynard, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S

Location: Via Zoom

Date: Friday, Feb 9, 2024

Time: 10am-12pm PST (Convert Time Zone)

2 APT Specialized Live Webinar Hours*

*These CE hours are applicable for the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential and other mental health credentials in WA as approved by an industry-recognized local, state, national, international organization or institution of higher learning” [WAC 246-809-610(3)(a)]. For other states, please consult your state-specific CE requirements. You must be present with camera on the entire session and pass post-tests in order to receive continuing education credits.

Please note: This workshop is only for play therapists without children. If there is interest in a
broader discussion, future trainings on this topic will welcome all parent statuses.

Price: $90

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Workshop Objectives:

After the training, participants will be able to:
1. Identify three unique challenges of being a play therapist without having children of one’s own
2. Strengthen their sense of professional identity and ability to practice self-care
3. Demonstrate awareness of the ways that non-parenthood intersects with other cultural identities and lived experiences as a play therapist.
4. Identify strategies to explore and address ethical and practice issues as a play therapist such as self-disclosure, self-reflection, and imposter syndrome.

Katie Maynard, LICSW, RPT-S is a play therapist and a childless person. Alongside her private practice she is creating awareness and training about the lived experience of people without children. After working in the child therapy field for 20+ years, she is thrilled to be able to support and build community around this topic.


APT Approved Provider 18-545

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