6th Annual Leben Play Therapy Symposium

Mural 1 SWSixth Annual Leben Play Therapy Symposium

June 23, 2017


Joe C. Thompson Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Registration now open!

Fee: $60; $75 after 6/16/17


Keynote: Garry Landreth, The Art of the Relationship in Play Therapy: Exploring Deeper Issues

This interactive workshop will focus on a variety of issues that emerge in play therapy relationships. Landreth will discuss how play therapy is a process of living out beliefs about the child rather than a process of applying techniques, methods or skills, and how the play therapist must be a person of commitment and passion. He will address the difference between expectancy versus expectations, and highlight the intangibles that impact possibilities and progress in play therapy, which will lead to an understanding of the sequence of inner emotional steps that precede behavioral change.

Garry Landreth, LPC, RPT-S, is internationally recognized for his writings and work in promoting the development of child-centered play therapy. He is a regents professor emeritus in the Department of Counseling, and founder of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Landreth is a frequent speaker at play therapy conferences around the world.  His more than 150 journal articles, books and videos include the 2014 DVD CPRT In Action: Four Couples In A CPRT Group, and the 2012 3rd edition of his award-winning book Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. His other recent books are Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model and an accompanying Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual. His CPRT Model received the 2010 Best Practices in Parent/Family Education Award.  He is director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy (APT). He received the APT Lifetime Achievement Award, the APT Research Award, and the Virginia Axline Distinguished Professional Award for his work in conceptualizing and advancing the child-centered approach to play therapy.  He is an honorary visiting professor at the University of Roehampton in England.

 The Annual Play Therapy symposia are possible thanks to support from The Norma and Clay Leben Endowment for Excellence in Play Therapy Methods.