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Julie Nash, Ph.D., RPT-S
Upcoming Trainings

Interested in a training? Email [email protected] to schedule.

2nd Annual Summer Continuing Education Series

Presented by Julie Nash, Ph.D., RPT-S


Sponsored by:

Riverside Psychological Associates, LLC

7 Spring Street


Middletown, CT 06457


(860) 344-9558



To register or for any questions, please email Dr. Nash directly at [email protected]


Treating Disruptive Behavior Disorders with Play Therapy

Thursday June 30, 2016

9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

3 continuing education credits from NASW

APT Approved Provider #14-380

Fee: $100


Disruptive behavior disorders are being diagnosed at increasing rates. This workshop is intended to teach the practitioner current definitions of the most common disorders: Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Conduct Disorder. The participant will learn how to utilize play therapy to build on a child’s strengths following such a diagnosis, and how to foster a child’s self-esteem, sense of responsibility, and ability to interact more positively within family and school systems.



Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1.         Describe the diagnostic criteria for ODD, ADHD, and CD.

2.         Identify at least 5 play therapy techniques especially suited for this population.

3.         Explain how to incorporate parents and teachers into the treatment process.





Is it ADHD or Trauma? Using Play Therapy to Differentiate

Tuesday July 12, 2016

9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

3 continuing education credits from NASW

APT Approved Provider #14-380

Fee: $100



 “ADHD” and “PTSD” are both commonly heard terms in the mental health field today. While the origins and symptoms differ, the clinical presentation can be markedly similar in children. This workshop will give you an overview of each diagnosis including symptom presentation in various domains (home, school, social, etc.). Participants will learn key differences in a child’s play that can help with differential diagnosis as well as techniques to support children dealing with each condition. The impact of symptoms on education will also be discussed.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1.         Identify at least 3 differences in the play styles of children with ADHD compared to trauma reactions.

2.         Identify at least 4 play therapy techniques suited to children dealing with trauma.

3.         Identify at least 4 play therapy techniques suited to children with ADHD.

4.         Describe at least 2 impacts each condition has on education.


**The ADHD or Trauma workshop will also be held via a live webinar on Tuesday July 19 from 9:30-12:45. Please email for details or to express interest!**




Foundations of Play Therapy

Wednesday July 27, 2016

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

6 continuing education credits from NASW

APT Approved Provider #14-380


Learning foundational principles of play therapy, including theory, research, and practice, is key in providing effective and efficient play therapy. This workshop will give an overview of play from early development in a child through the growth of play therapy as a field. We will cover the cognitive and social stages of play development as well as the importance of play and what makes play therapeutic. Examples of the multiple theoretical orientations used in play therapy will be discussed. Learn how to think about play in therapy sessions and how to best use play therapy interventions including how to build on a client’s strengths, support needs, and set appropriate limits.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1.   Identify the cognitive and social stages of play development.

2.   Identify at least 5 primary play therapy theoretical orientations including core tenets.

3.   Use play therapy techniques from at least 4 treatment modalities.

4.   Discuss the 8 great traits of play.

5.   Identify at least 4 clinical themes in play.

6.   Implement a limit setting technique in a play therapy session.





As Foundations of Play Therapy is a 6 credit, full day workshop, the fee is $150 and a minimum enrollment of 5 participants is necessary for the workshop to be held.





About the Presenter: Julie Nash, Ph.D., RPT-S

Dr. Nash is a licensed clinical psychologist and registered play therapist-supervisor. She obtained her Ph.D. at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and completed her internship and postdoctoral residency at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. Dr. Nash is the author of multiple book chapters on the development of social skills and using play therapy to treat social skills deficits, as well as introductions to play therapy and working with preschool children. She has presented at national and international conferences on play therapy and has been trained in using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to work with children facing the results of a variety of traumas. The former Foster Care Clinic Coordinator and Training Director of the postdoctoral residency at a multi-site community health center, Dr. Nash is now in private practice and teaching graduate level classes in counseling. Dr. Nash is the owner of Riverside Psychological Associates, LLC in Middletown, CT where she provides individual and family therapy sessions for people across the age range as well as continuing education seminars.


Email Dr. Nash directly ([email protected]).


This workshop is appropriate for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, counselors, school counselors, and other mental health professionals who hold at least a master’s degree in a counseling related field. Maximum enrollment is 10 participants.


Fees; Cancellation and Refund Policy

The cost for these workshops is $100 per event (except as noted in description) and can be paid in cash, by check, or by credit card (either on site or prior to the training). $25 of this fee is nonrefundable. Registration will be taken on a first come, first served basis and is limited to ten participants per session. Written requests for cancellation will be accepted up to three weeks prior to the workshop, and will receive a $75 refund. Cancellations after three weeks prior to the workshop will receive a $50 refund. Refunds can only be made on cancellations made one or more weeks before the scheduled workshop.


Continuing Education

Continuing education credits will be offered. Partial credit cannot be given. Participants must be present for the entire workshop to receive credits. Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT are offered, and meets the continuing education criteria for Social Work Licensure renewal. Riverside Psychological Associates, LLC is a Continuing Education Provider for the Association for Play Therapy; APT Approved Provider # 14-380. For more information on APT or Play Therapy see www.a4pt.org.


Special Needs

If you have special needs, please inform Riverside Psychological Associates, LLC prior to registration.