Every fall, OAPT hosts a 6-hour day of training, FREE to Ohio Association for Play Therapy members! Non-members, or those who are members of another state are also welcome for a fee. Seating is limited so register early!

Ohio CSWMFT and APT credits provided to those who attend! 

Light refreshments provided. 


Join us in the Spring for a 2-day conference to learn more about Play Therapy! Ohio Association for Play Therapy members receive a discounted rate for the conference. All are welcome! 

Ohio CSWMFT and APT credits are provided to those who attend!

Lunch and snack provided both days.

Cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check back as we work to reschedule our annual conference. 


20th Annual OAPT Spring Conference

Presenter: Pam Dyson

April 23 & 24, 2020

Thursday, April 23 - Using Play Therapy to Treat Attachment Disorders

6 APT CE hours

Children with traumatic early life experiences are at risk for attachment disorders. This training will help play therapists develop a fundamental understanding of how attachment impacts brain development. We will explore how play therapy interventions can assist in helping form secure attachments between children and caregivers. Video clips of attachment based play therapy sessions will be shown.



1. Summarize the fundamentals of attachment theory as it applies to play therapy

2. List the four dimensions of Theraplay® and play therapy interventions to use within the


3. List the four goals of I Love You Rituals

4. Explain why play therapy is an effective treatment approach

5. Utilize play therapy techniques that will enhance attachment

6. Identify how to educate and involve caregivers in play therapy to promote healthy attachment

Friday, April 24 - Play Therapy for the Often Misunderstood Preschool Population

6 APT CE hours

The focus of this training will be on play therapy with children 3-5 years of age. We will look at child development, developmental delays and common clinical disorders of preschoolers. Play therapy interventions appropriate for preschoolers will be shared. Video clips of play therapy sessions with preschoolers will be shown and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in experiential activities.



1. Summarize the basic developmental aspects of preschoolers

2. Recognize how developmental delays affect preschoolers

3. Explain why play therapy is an effective treatment approach

4. List barriers to seeking play therapy treatment

5. Identify how to use play therapy in conjunction with parent education

6. Describe play therapy interventions and strategies specifically for preschool aged children

About the Presenter

The Director of the DFW Center for Play Therapy Training, Pam Dyson, MA, LPC-S, RPT-S is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and child development expert providing play therapy services, training, supervision and consultation.


She is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Academy of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and was a member of the 2013 and 2014 Leadership Academy Committees.  In 2012 she served as a member of the APT Technology Task Force, and was the co-chair of the 2013-2014 APT Public Awareness Task Force.  Pam was the recipient of the APT 2013 Key Award for Professional Education and Training.


In 2010, she founded the St. Louis Center for Play Therapy Training and in 2014, upon relocating to Texas, founded the DFW Center for Play Therapy Training. Pam is serving a second, three-year term (2017-2020) on the APT Board of Directors to which she was recently elected as secretary. Her contributions have been featured in several play therapy publications.



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1394 Community Park Drive

Columbus, Ohio 43229

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