Professional Development

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Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT) presents 
Responding to Trauma using Play Therapy

Friday, May 4 to Sunday May 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls 
6039 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3V6

Certificate Overview
New information on trauma enables us to understand its implications in a way that was not possible a decade ago. Both short term and longer treatment require an innovative approach. Play Therapy’s innate flexibility makes it an excellent resource for many developmental levels. In this Certificate program we will examine creative and neuroscientific methods for understanding and responding to trauma. Recent research also reminds us that the risk of vicarious trauma is very real and as therapists we need to be proactive about our own wellbeing.

Register by March 31st and save! Check out the Early Bird pricing now!”

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ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
Two-day Training
by the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018       |  8
:30 am
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018  |  4:30 pm 

LOCATION:  Suiteworks Business Centre
                      92 Caplan Avenue
                      Barrie, ON L4N 9J2
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ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions. Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles. ASIST teaches the Suicide Intervention Model, a practical guide to doing suicide interventions.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide
  • understand how beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions
  • seek a shared understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
  • review current risk and develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behavior for an agreed amount of time
  • follow up on safety commitments, accessing further help as needed
  • ASIST caregivers complete the process that safeTALK helper’s start, providing life-saving suicide first aid interventions.

Presenter Bio
Sonia McDonald is a qualified Child & Youth Worker; she is a Cambrian College graduate with experience working with youth of all ages and is a professional, certified member of the Ontario Association of Child & Youth Care (OACYC).  With over twenty years experience in the field, Sonia contributes a wide range of skills and experiences to her facilitation.  She has an exceptional ability to engage children, youth and parents in a positive way and offer them a different perspective during presentations.

Sonia became an ASIST Trainer with Living works in 2007 within her role as a youth project facilitator at the Canadian Mental Health Association.  In addition, she is also a certified SafeTalk Trainer and ASK Trainer.  She has worked with a community training team as well as facilitated much training at colleges and high schools over the past few years.  She has recently upgraded her ASIST certification to become a Consultant Trainer.

Workshop - Mindfulness & Related Clinical Appraoches:  Getting Practical  
June 7th, 2018 | 8:30am - 12:00pm.  Click here to see flyer.


Tuesday, July 2 to Saturday, August 10, 2018   |   Toronto Ontario

The Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT) is Canada’s national play therapy association.  The Play Therapy Certificate Program is the only play therapy training program of its kind in Canada.  The purpose of the program is to provide training in the theory and practice of play therapy.  The training offered through the Play Therapy Certificate Program provides the academic requirements as defined by CAPT’s Certification Process.  

Instructors are skilled play therapists who bring expertise on a wide variety of topics.  Instructors are certified play therapists with CAPT or have received approval from the CAPT certification committee because of their particular area of expertise.  


Location: CPA Professional Development Institute, 25 York Street, Toronto, Ontario

Program Format:  Each ten-day level can be taken one year at a time or an application can be made to “Fast Track” in order to complete level 2 or 3 concurrently.  Each level requires one written assignment.  

Any of the individual courses can be taken as individual workshops.

The cost of each ten-day level of the Play Therapy Certificate Program is $2,000.00 plus HST ($2,260.00) per level. Any workshops can be taken for $248.60 for members and $282.50 for non-members. Both these include the HST. 

The Program Covers

Theory and Approaches:  Play Therapy Process, Theoretical Models, Assessment, Family Play Therapy, Group Work, Brain Research, Filial Therapy.
Techniques:  Sandtray, Puppets, Storytelling, Games, Art, Theraplay.
Populations:  Trauma, Abuse, Grief & Loss, Attachment, Learning Disabilities, ODD, Anxiety.

For Further Information and Registration Forms Please Visit:  or call 519-827-1506 or email Kip at


Autism – Strategies for Self-Regulation, Learning and Challenging Behaviours
Ottawa: April 9-10, 2018;  Mississauga: April 11-12, 2018

Walking Through Grief – Helping Others Deal with Loss
London: May 7-8, 2018;   Toronto: May 9-10, 2018;   Ottawa: May 14-15, 2018