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A Play Therapists Guide to Child Protection: Strategies and Advocacy

A Play Therapists Guide to Child Protection: Strategies and Advocacy

Presentation Date: June 10th 

Presentation time 9:30am-12:30pm 

Presented by: Ashley E.A. Lawton, MS, LMHC,NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-S

Location: Zoom, Online 



Parking Info: Integrative Counseling Services has convenient parking to the right of the building. It is a public parking lot that borders the New York State Barge Canal. If you require alternate parking accommodations, please contact our office at 315.342.9255



In this seminar participants will delve into practical strategies and effective advocacy techniques designed to equip play therapists with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate complex child protection issues. Participants will learn how to recognize signs of abuse and neglect in play therapy sessions, engage in ethical reporting practices, and collaborate effectively with child protection agencies. Whether you're a seasoned play therapist or new to the field, this seminar offers a unique opportunity to navigate and explore the complexities associated with working with children using play therapy.  As well as the opportunity to join in supporting other play therapists in our vital role as advocates for vulnerable children.



  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the unique role that play therapists play in advocating for the safety and well-being of children within the context of child protection services.


  • Develop the skills necessary to recognize and appropriately respond to signs of abuse and neglect that may emerge during play therapy sessions, including understanding the nuances of trauma presentation in children.


  • Explore ethical considerations related to reporting suspected abuse or neglect, confidentiality, and maintaining professional boundaries in the context of child protection advocacy, fostering a deeper understanding of the ethical obligations inherent in advocating for child welfare as a play therapist.



About the Presenter:

Ashley Lawton is the Director at Integrative Counseling Services. She has several postgraduate certifications in working with children using Play Therapy and additional training in working with traumatized populations. Ashley has presented on various Play Therapy topics, often relating to grief and loss. She is a board member of Friends of Hospice in Oswego County. At Integrative Counseling Services Ashley provides counseling to adolescents and young adults, as well as Play Therapy to children. When not working Ashley enjoys spending time with her two children, being outdoors, and can often be found with a good book.



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