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June 2015

Fourth Annual Play Therapy Symposium

June 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

“Creative Interventions for Disruptive Behavior Disorders: A Play Therapy Approach” by Scott Riviere, LPC, RPT-S. Register here.

Disruptive Behavior Disorders are the most common reasons for referral of children to mental health professionals. Children with these disorders often struggle at home as well as in the school setting.  Both parents and professionals need an effective treatment program that builds on the strengths of the child rather than his or her weaknesses.  This workshop will review the three main Disruptive Behavior Disorders: ODD, Conduct Disorder, and ADHD.  Assessment tools and diagnostic criteria will be presented to assist the clinician in confirming a diagnosis.  A review of directive and nondirective techniques will be explored with an emphasis on basic behavior modification principles.  Experiential Play Therapy activities will be used to help participants gain insight into the child’s world.  Play Therapy interventions to help build trust, teach self-discipline, and develop positive social skills will be reviewed and modifications for a group format will be presented.


Participant will be able to:

• Identify the three main DBD Diagnosis

• Explain why traditional punishment based approaches are ineffective in play therapy

• List the benefits of directive and non-directive play therapy techniques

• Describe several practical play therapy techniques


Scott Riviere, M.S., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and one of the first Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors in Louisiana. He is the Director of K.I.D.Z., Inc., Louisiana’s first Play Therapy Institute, where his practice is limited exclusively to children and adolescents, ages 2-18, and their families. Mr. Riviere has over 20 years experience with children and their families dealing with such issues as grief and trauma, anxiety disorders, divorce, behavioral problems, attachment disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders.

Mr. Riviere is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and is approved to supervise interns seeking to obtain their state-counseling license and Registered Play Therapist status. He is Past-President of The Louisiana Association for Play Therapy and has been recognized by the International Association of Play Therapy for his contribution to the field. He is a published author, international speaker and frequent guest on various media outlets.

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Art of Clinical Supervision

June 29 - July 1

The Art of Clinical Supervision: A Relational-Cultural Model Board-Approved Supervision Certification Program for Licensed Clinicians by Tammy Linseisen, ACSW, LCSW. **COURSE FULL**

This 40-hour course is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners and the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors to meet training qualifications to supervise candidates for clinical licensure. The classroom sessions will be collaborative, experiential, and interactive with an emphasis on practical applications and skill building. LCSWs: When considering registration for this course, note that according to Texas Social Work Licensing Board rules, supervision status will only be approved after clinician has held license for two years.

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July 2015

Social Work Licensing Exam Prep Course

July 31 - August 1

Social Work Licensing Examination Preparation Course by Dr. Karen Knox, and Andrew Marks, LMSW. Register Here.

This course will be an in-depth exploration and review of the content to prepare for the national clinical and masters level licensure examinations. The review is based on the newly-revised two volume Social Work Examination Services (SWES) Comprehensive Program. Participants will engage in lecture, group exercise and didactic learning experiences to assist in preparing for the examination. This workshop is designed to prepare social workers for the examinations to qualify for both the LMSW and the LCSW licenses.

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