Minnesota Association for Play Therapy

Minnesota Association for Play Therapy


School Based Counseling leads?
I am honored to have been entrusted with the stories of children for the past 9 years as an Elementary Education teacher. I also have my MA in Clinical Mental Health/Professional Counseling, and I am earning my RPT. I am looking to transition PT or FT into School Based Counseling. If you know of companies or schools that are looking for a SBT, please feel free to contact me!
The Minnesota Association for Play Therapy chapter…they are serious about their fun! I’ve never ever been in a training venue that has roller coasters! Also had an ASL interpreter for the entire training. What a magical day. Thank you for having me!
Minnesota Association for Play Therapy here I come!
Another fun activity during National Play Therapy Week! Thank you Minnesota Association for Play Therapy
Greetings my playful friends! I will be relocating in the summer and plan to sell my Jungian sandtray, my figurines and the display shelves. Email me if you want to come by my office and take a look. I would like to sell as a set.
Helen Boy email:[email protected]
Who wants to join me at this year's virtual Theraplay conference in July? Wonderful speakers on using play therapy with foster children, with families with young children, children who have experienced sexual abuse (with Dr. Eliana Gill), play therapy and the polyvagel theory and combining Theraplay and EMDR (with Dr. Ana Gomez)! For more information
Honored to spend the morning with Minnesota Association for Play Therapy — a vibrant community of play therapists doing incredibly important work and changing the lives of local families every day. ❤️❤️👏👏👏
Sentier Psychotherapy is hiring. We’re looking for another awesome Play Therapist to join our team! Please check out our website for full details. Contact Megan with questions: [email protected] 😁😁
Looking for someone who is Theraplay trained, can take MA and is in the Princeton, Elk River, Cambridge area. Thanks!
Hello all. I need to find an online or local HISTORY course stat so I can finish up my requirements and get my application in by the end of the month. Anyone have any recommendations?
Thought I posted this but it didn't show!
Sunday Smiles! (a day late!)
I'm trying to find an online history of play therapy online, but haven't found anything that is up and running even on the website. Any suggestions?
This holiday season, give time! Memories last forever.

MNAPT strives to build a cohesive community of professionals committed to the practice and promotion

Operating as usual




Thank you to everyone who made it to "Late Night Learning" 🌙 with MNAPT and Ann Meehan, LPCC, RPT-S™ to learn about Polyvagal Theory in the playroom!

Couldn't make it? Don't worry - we have more where that came from!! 🙌🏻 Make sure you're signed up for email blasts to get all the latest training resources & news!

➡️ To join our email list, visit www.mna4pt.org, click Get Involved, click Connect with MNAPT, and under the first bullet point, you can click to enter your email address! 📧

📣 If you're still reading this, drop a comment below with your favorite part about our new website and you may be the lucky recipient of something special from us! 😏🤭


Who needs a good laugh today?! 🙋🏾‍♀️


🎉🎉 F R E E 🎉🎉 CE - Oh, yeah!

Join MNAPT's very own VP for a little "late night learning"! 🌙

• This training is via secure Zoom link which is provided to you upon registration

• 1 Non-Contact CE (APT Approved Provider-06177)

• FREE for MNAPT Members

• $20 for Non-Members

• No refunds will be provided unless the event is cancelled by MNAPT

• Ann Meehan, LPCC, RPT-S™ will guide learners through the following objectives:

1. Explain Polyvagal Theory including the function of the 3 states of the Autonomic Nervous System.

2. Identify and explain at least 5 Play Therapy techniques for emotional regulation.





Lovely reminder as we embark on a new school year 💚

Annual Conference - Association for Play Therapy 08/29/2022

Annual Conference - Association for Play Therapy

The Annual International Association for Play Therapy Comference is coming up fast - check out all the details & registration info here! If you're registered to attend, drop a comment below! 🥳


Annual Conference - Association for Play Therapy The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society established in 1982 to foster contact among mental health professionals interested in exploring and, when developmentally appropriate, applying the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients, particularly....


Something to hold in mind as we approach back to school time 🏫


What a fantastic resource from Robyn Gobbel - Attachment, Trauma, & Adoption !! 💚💚



Photos from Oaklander Training's post 08/07/2022

How amazing! 💚💚💚


How would you rather spend it? 🤔 💚


Being a Play Therapist means we value the treasures, too! 💚


Play more! 🤸🏿‍♀️🚵🤾🏾🏊‍♀️


It's National Fry Day!! 👀🍟
Who has the BEST fries in Minnesota? ⤵️
Maybe MNAPT will pick a new spot for our next Board meeting 😂😋


Which one are you picking, and unlike the special play room, you can't mix them together!!! 👀 😝

Photos from Minnesota Association for Play Therapy's post 07/08/2022

Play matters! 💚


Last but certainly not least, welcome to another NEW Board Member at Large, Joel Lambrides! 🥳

Joel will provide insight and support to the Board surrounding planning and executing new events and, of course, sharing the therapeutic powers of play! 🤹‍♂️

Welcome, Joel! Leave a message for him in the comments!


Please help me welcome our NEW Board Member at Large, Diana Loaiza Tangarife! 👋

Diana is bringing so much joy and excitement to the Board this year and we are thrilled to have her! 🥰 Diana will support committees in developing, organizing, and seeing through new events, elections, and more.

Drop Diana a message below!


Please join me in giving a warm welcome to our NEW Treasurer, Nicole Harriman! 👋 Nicole will continue keeping MNAPT in good (great!) financial standing, ensuring we follow our budget, and support each committee as they plan events! 🥳

Click the photo to learn more about Nicole and drop her a friendly comment down below to welcome her to this new position! 🥰


Our next Board Introduction is for Elizabeth Szybatka who is continuing her term as Secretary! 👩‍💻 Click on the photo below to learn more about Elizabeth!

Elizabeth supports the Board by organizing meeting agendas and minutes, community outreach through social media (Hi! It's me behind here!😂) and email blasts, managing the Board's Gmail account, and other organizational fun!

You can follow Elizabeth here: Elizabeth Szybatka, LPCC, RPT-S


Next up is our NEW Vice President - Ann Meehan! 🎉
Ann served as Treasurer in 2021 (and, boy, did she serve! The financials for MNAPT are looking SO good!) 🤩

Ann is going to bring so much organization, excitement, and fun to the VP Position this year! Click on the photo below to learn more about Ann! ⤵️

You can follow Ann at Meehan Mental Health Services: Training & Consultation


Who's ready for some get-to-know-ya's with your 2022-23 MNAPT Board? 🙋‍♀️

First up is our MNAPT President, Megan Oudekerk! 🥳 We are so grateful for Megan - she has stepped up and shown out in some big ways in the past several years, and (luckily for us!) continues her term through 2023, while the rest of the Board continue to gain experience and knowledge from her! 🧠

Do you have questions for Megan? 🤔 Want to just say "Hi, Megan"?! 👋 Drop them in the comments below! 💚


Your MNAPT Board kicked things off with a bang today! 🎉 Pizza & Planning?! Who can imagine a better Friday? 🍕📑

New Board Members? Oriented & excited! ✅️
2022-23 Meetings? Scheduled! ✅️
2022-23 Events? Planned! ✅️
NEW Committees? 👀 Ready to roll! ✅️
2023 Spring Conference Speakers? You know we got you! ✅️✅️✅️

Stay tuned for ✨️ L O T S ✨️ of exciting info rolling out soon. As for your Board? Introductions and get-to-know-ya's coming up next week! 👏🏼

Have a great weekend!! Play on, friends! ✌🏼

Timeline photos 06/19/2022

Timeline photos

“Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.” - History.com


A little action for you to kick off the weekend!! And here's to hoping for no chores all weekend! 😂🤞


What beautiful work we have the
privilege of walking in to and
walking alongside every day 💚


Unfortunately, due to low registration, the Live Virtual Q&A Event with National APT has been cancelled. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns - [email protected]


📢📢📢 We are thrilled to announce our

Nicole, Diana, and Joel are a pivotal part of our Play Therapy Comnunity and will serve as Treasurer and Members-at-Large, respectively.

Please join me in giving a warm welcome 👋🏼 to these three Board Members and stay tuned during the month of June for more fun details about your MNAPT Board! 🥳


We're getting so excited to share the results of our 2022 Elections with you all! 🥳 Stay tuned to your emails and our page this week for more!

In the meantime, 📢📢 CALLING ALL MNAPT MEMBERS!! 📢📢
What are some things you want to see from MNAPT in 2022? Our Annual Planning Meeting is coming up in a few short weeks and we want to hear from YOU! Events? Trainings? Emails? Resources? What's most important in supporting you? 💚


When you reach the age where you need to start bringing a pillow to sit on in the playroom 🤭🙃 Happy Friday, everyone!

VOTING FOR MNAPT ELECTIONS CLOSES TODAY AT 5:00pm! 🗳 All current MNAPT Members, please go to your email and cast your vote! Your voice matters! 💚



We are deeply saddened to hear about the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts go out to Robb Elementary School, families who lost their loved ones, and the Uvalde, TX community. For those seeking resources during this difficult time, APT provides a Parents Corner (https://www.a4pt.org/page/ParentsCornerHomePag) on the APT Website, topics include Grief and Loss, and Violence. We will continue updating this page as more resources become available.


Check your emails! 📧

Information about your candidates for 2022 Elections are out now! Voting will take place next week!

Don't receive MNAPT emails? Join our email list here - https://www.mna4pt.org/connect-with-mnapt.html

Photos from Cari Ebert Seminars's post 05/12/2022

We hope we can offer children a place to play freely, in ways that feel empowering to them, without the hidden agendas of an adult! 🤸🏿‍♂️


Type in "My child only listens to me when" and tap the middle word until a sentence forms - post yours in the comments! 😂

Don't forget, today is the last day to submit your nomination for an MNAPT Board Position (Open positions are Treasurer and Memer at Large)! Email [email protected] to submit your nomination! 🗳

Minnesota Association for Play Therapy 05/02/2022

Minnesota Association for Play Therapy

Have you ever been curious about what it's like to serve on the MNAPT Board? (Psss, it's a LOT of fun!) 🤩

It's Election Season at MNAPT!
We have ✌🏼 two open positions:

➡️ Treasurer
➡️ Member At Large

You can learn more about these positions on our website www.mna4pt.org

If you are interested in running for a Board Position, email [email protected] by Friday May 6! Voting happens NEXT WEEK! 🗳

Minnesota Association for Play Therapy Minnesota Association for Play Therapy

Timeline photos 05/01/2022


Photos from Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S's post 04/29/2022

What a blast!! Learning + Roller Coasters?! 🎡 What more could we ask for?!

Thank you to everyone who came out and played today! Share a comment below with one thing that resonated with you from Karen's training ⤵️


Cue Music

🎶 It's the final countdown!! 🎵

MNAPT's Spring Conference is this week!!!

New event center ☑️
Nationally known speaker ☑️
Raffle items ☑️
Resource table ☑️
Roller coasters ☑️

We are ready! Hope to see you there!! 💚


*Ticket sales close Wednesday April 27 at 5:00pm CST*


Want to learn more about supporting and engaging with caregivers? 👥️️ Partnering with caregivers is one of the most important aspects of providing mental health services to children. Good news - Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S is going to be here NEXT WEEK to help us all expand our knowledge!

📲 Registration and more can be found on MNAPTs website www.mna4pt.org


Only two ✌🏼 more weeks until our 2022 Spring Conference, featuring Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S !

How gorgeous is our new location?! The Parkview Meeting + Event Center is located right inside 🎠 Nickelodeon Universe 🎡 at the MOA!

Registration and more details can be found here: www.mna4pt.org

Check out more details of this beautiful venue here: https://www.mallofamerica.com/directory/parkview-meeting-and-event-center


Don't forget there are only THREE weeks left to register for our spring conference with Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S! 🎉

She is going to lead us in some great discussion and learning about partnering with caregivers during the play therapy process! We hope to see you there 💚

You can learn more & register at www.mna4pt.org


Play Therapy IS evidence-based! 👏🏽

Photos from Minnesota Association for Play Therapy's post 03/25/2022

🖐 weeks left to register!

Did you know that we have a resource table available at the conference? 🤩 This is F.R.E.E. to MNAPT Members! You can lay out flyers, marketing materials, ads, and other resources for attendees to take with them!

Registration for our Resource Table and more information about the spring conference can be found under the " Annual Conference" tab on our 📲 website www.mna4pt.org

Dr. Eliana Gil: Symbolism & Metaphor in Attachment Therapy - Part 1 03/23/2022

Dr. Eliana Gil: Symbolism & Metaphor in Attachment Therapy - Part 1

Have you tuned in to Karen's latest podcast episode with Eliana Gil? It's fantastic!! 🤩 We can't wait to learn from Karen, in real time, in just a few weeks!

Check out all the details here: www.mna4pt.org


Dr. Eliana Gil: Symbolism & Metaphor in Attachment Therapy - Part 1 Karen welcomes Dr. Eliana Gil to the show for an in-depth conversation about the use of symbolism and metaphor in attachment based therapy.

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