2023 September 16: Play Therapist Parts and Self: An Internal Family Systems (IFS) Exploration of Compassion Fatigue in the Play Therapy Room


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2023 September 16: Play Therapist Parts and Self: An Internal Family Systems (IFS) Exploration of Compassion Fatigue in the Play Therapy Room

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Cost: Free

Workshop Description

This is an experiential workshop intended to support therapists with self-reflection of personal parts/internal system when with play therapy clients, learn mindfulness of compassion fatigue/burnout, and learn strategies for recouping/self-care from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) lens.    


Maddisen Espeseth, PsyD is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Anaheim Hills, CA where she offers psychotherapy and psychodiagnostic testing/assessment services. Dr. Espeseth practices from an attachment-heavy, neurosequential lens, and is a Registered Play Therapist, Registered Sandplay Practitioner, and Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapist. Specific to psychotherapy, Dr. Espeseth specializes in treating clients 3 to 35-years-old struggling with trauma-related disorders and/or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). With regard to psychodiagnostics testing, Dr. Espeseth presently offers child and adult assessment services intended to support the rule-out of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Specific Learning Disorders, etc. Prior to private practice, Dr. Espeseth practiced in both the pediatric hospital (inpatient and outpatient) and community mental health settings.  

Speaker Disclosures:

  • Financial: Dr. Maddisen Espeseth maintains a private practice and is currently employed as a contracted licensed psychologist supervisor, therapist and risk assessor.  Dr. Espeseth has no other commercial interests to disclose and no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.   
  • Non-Financial:  Dr. Maddisen Espeseth is an active member of the Association for Play Therapy. She is currently serving as an Orange County chapter leader for the California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Esepesth is a member of the Orange County Psychological Association, Sandplay Therapists of America and American Psychological Association. 

After session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least 3 basic assumptions of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and how they relate to treating play therapy clients.
  2. Identify at least 1 sign of compassion fatigue when treating play therapy clients as directly relevant to the participant.
  3. Discuss at least 2 self-care strategies to support recoup from compassion fatigue when treating play therapy clients.

Learning Objectives


8:30am-9:00am ​​CalAPT Announcements

​9:00am-9:15am ​ Brief review of IFS theory and basic assumptions

9:15am-9:30am ​ Explanation of play therapist parts and defining  ​compassion fatigue in the play therapy room

9:30am-10:00am ​​ Experiential play therapy activity regarding play therapist parts ​and group processing 

10:00am-10:15am ​Defining self-care and audience experience of how to address self-care needs

10:15am-10:30am ​ Explanation of how to connect play therapist parts to IFS concept ​of Self as a self-care strategy 

10:30am-10:45am ​Experiential play therapy activity supporting practice of play ​therapist part-to-Self relationship building

10:45am-11:00am ​Q&A

11:00am-11:30am ​CalAPT Announcements

Continuing Education Details

Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 non-contact hours of continuing education credit per day for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs and LPCC’s. The California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) 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. APA Credit is not offered for this workshop.

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

Instructional Level: Intermediate - requires a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of play therapy, play therapy theory, play therapy applications, and child psychopathology 

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

Play Therapy Areas: Special Topics (2 hours)

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 healthy and safety governance.

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


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Date & Time
Saturday, September 16, 2023
8:30 AM 11:30 AM (America/Los_Angeles)

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