2023 Northern California Conference


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2023 Northern California Conference

Registration Information

Registration fee: $384

Early bird pricing available through 6/12/2023

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Workshop Description

This is an intensive training that focuses on teaching the  AutPlay® Therapy framework, integrative family play therapy for working with neurodivergent children (autistic, ADHD, sensory differences, learning differences, developmental disabilities) and their families. AutPlay Therapy emphasizes a neurodiversity affirming and informed approach and harnesses the therapeutic powers of play to help address mental health issues for neurodivergent children and their families. This training presents an overview of autistic and neurodivergent children and how to build relationship, assess for needs, and establish therapy goals. 

Additional components such as theoretical underpinnings, understanding dysregulation, improving regulation ability, research, and case examples are covered. Several play therapy interventions are explained and demonstrated through session video clips. Experiential activities are presented, and case conceptualization and planning are discussed.


​Dr. Robert Jason Grant, Ed.D is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy . He is a therapist, supervisor, and consultant and utilizes several years of advanced training and his own lived neurodivergent experience to provide affirming services to children and their families.He is an international trainer and keynote presenter and multi-published author of several articlesand books. He is currently serving as past chair on the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy. .

Speaker Disclosures:

  • Financial: Dr. Grant is the creator of this training and AutPlay® Therapy. He receives royalties on trainings sold and all products related to AutPlay® Therapy.
  • Dr. Grant receives a speaking honorarium from CalAPT for this workshop. He has no other commercial interests to disclose and no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
  • Non-financial: Dr Grant is a member of the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy.  He receives no compensation as member of board of directors.

Continuing Education Details

Continuing Education: This program is co-sponsored by the California Association for Play Therapy and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program on August 25-26,2023, offers a total of 12.00 contact hours (6.00 hrs. per day). Full attendance is required for the days you attend. There is no additional fee to submit application for CE credit. CE application forms and other materials will be available on site. If you have questions regarding the program, continuing education, learning objectives, faculty, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at: 800-557-1950 / email: instconted@aol.com

NOTE: To receive continuing education credit, applicants must complete all CE materials, sign in/out at designated locations, and submit an evaluation form for the sessions attended.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

  • Psychology: This program is co-sponsored by the California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy and Cognitive Leap. Cognitive Leap is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cognitive Leap maintains responsibility for this program. The California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider #00-094). NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE. 
  • Counseling / MFT: The Institute for Continuing Education and the California Association for Play Therapy are co-sponsors of this event. This co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. The Institute for Continuing Education is an NBCC approved continuing education provider, ACEP 5643. The Institute for Continuing Education is solely responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.
  • California Professionals: The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 56590, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This Course meets the qualifications for up to 12.00 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCC, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Play Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. APT Approved Provider 98-040.

Non-Credit Events: Light refreshments, lunch (included), and vendor halls

Who Should Attend: Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, School Counselors, and Students.

Instructional Level: Intermediate - requires a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of play therapy

Instructional Methodology: May include lecture, demonstration, audio/visual, experiential practice of techniques, case examples, large and small group discussion

Play Therapy Areas: Seminal Theories or Historically Significant Theories (4 hours), Skills and Methods (2 hours), Cultural and Social Diversity (6 hours)

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain neurodiversity and implementing a neurodiversity affirming approach.
  2. ​Describe the components of AutPlay Therapy including conducting an AutPlay Therapy session, theoretical underpinnings, phases of therapy, assessment and screening instruments, and goal planning.
  3. Describe common mental health goals addressed in AutPlay Therapy.​
  4. Identify several structured play therapy interventions to use for addressing goals.​
  5. Identify at least 2 strategies to involve parents and other family members as co-change agents.
  6. Describe the AutPlay model of dysregulation.​
  7. Identify play therapy interventions to address dysregulation issues.
  8. Implement the AutPlay Follow Me Approach, designed for children with higher needs.
  9. Describe how to work with parents in implementing AutPlay Follow Me play times at home.
  10. Explain research and evidence-based practices in AutPlay Therapy.
  11. Outline the theoretical underpinnings of AutPlay, including seminal play therapy theories and other integrated methods.
  12. Identify at least 6 AutPlay interventions to increase experiential knowledge.​



8:30 am ​Registration and CalAPT Announcements

9:00 am ​Overview of Neurodiversity, Overview of autistic and neurodivergent 

10:30 am         ​Morning Break

10:45 am           ​Theoretical Underpinnings of AutPlay Therapy
​Seminal Play Therapy Approaches
​Psychological/Counseling Methods

12:00 pm        ​Lunch Break (provided by Panera)

1:00 pm ​Overview of the AutPlay Therapy Process, Phases of AutPlay Therapy ​ (Therapy Course Outline), Assessment in AutPlay Therapy, Addressing Mental  Health Needs, ​Regulation, Social Navigation/​Connection (relationship development)​

2:30 pm ​Afternoon Break

2:45 pm ​AutPlay Play Therapy Interventions

4:15 pm ​Q & A


8:30 am ​Registration and CalAPT Announcements

9:00 am ​Partnering with Parents, AutPlay for higher needs Children (Follow Me Approach),                                                      Advanced Review of the AutPlay Follow Me Approach

10:30 am ​         Morning Break

10:45 am ​         Connecting Sets and Follow Me Approach Progression, Follow Me Approach 
         ​Session Clips and Role Play

12:00 pm          ​Lunch Break (provided by Panera)

1:00 pm ​Regulation and AutPlay Therapy, Regulation Based Interventions, AutPlay Therapy 
          ​Limit Setting Models

2:30 pm ​Afternoon Break

2:45 pm ​AutPlay Research, AutPlay Case Conceptualization

4:15 pm ​Q & A

CALAPT Policies and Disclaimers

Cancellations & Refunds: Requests for refunds must be made in writing by e-mail to president@calplaytherapy.org. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the training to receive a refund. There is a $25.00 administrative fee for refunds. There are no refunds for cancellations after the deadline, however, registration may be transferred to another individual. There are no price breaks for partial attendance.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by presenters at the CALAPT events do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CALAPT Board of Directors or its membership. CALAPT reserves the right to make changes to the conference schedule, speakers and presentation, if this becomes necessary.

Accessibility Information: CALAPT is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact president@calplaytherapy.org to request disability accommodations per ADA/504. Advance notice is necessary to arrange some accessibility needs. Please provide notification two weeks prior to the workshop date.

Health and Safety Information: CALAPT follows all guidance and recommendations set forth by the CDC and other state, local, and federal health and safety governance.

Questions and Concerns: Contact us at president@calplaytherapy.org with any event or registration related questions or concerns.

Event Co-Sponsor

CalAPT Members, you’re invited to join the vCAT™ Partner Program, brought to you by Cognitive Leap. Developed with extensive research in collaboration with virtual reality expert Dr. Skip Rizzo, we present the “Virtual Classroom Attention Tracker” (vCAT™), which allows you to measure a child's ability to focus in a VR-simulated classroom environment.

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Date & Time
Friday, August 25, 2023
Start - 8:30 AM (America/Los_Angeles)
Saturday, August 26, 2023
End - 4:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles)

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