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Autplay® 

Therapeutic Counseling for Children, Adults, and Families!

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Autplay® is returning to Oklahoma!

March 31-April 1, 2023

Northeastern State University

Broken Arrow, OK

Registration Fees:

$475.00

Register early for a discount!

$425.00 by March 1, 2023

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This is an intensive training that focuses on teaching the AutPlay Therapy protocol, an integrative family play therapy approach to working with autistic children and adolescents, neurodivergent children, children with developmental disabilities, and their families. AutPlay Therapy emphasizes a neurodiversity-affirming and informed approach and harnesses the therapeutic powers of play to help address mental health issues for neurodivergent children and their families. This training presents an overview of autistic and neurodivergent children. How to build relationships and assess for needs (utilizing several AutPlay inventories) for target goal areas is covered along with parent and child co-change agent processes. Goal areas of connection, emotional regulation, and social navigation are described with example play therapy interventions for each area. The three progressive phases are presented (intake and assessment, structured play interventions, and termination).


Parent/family/child involvement is explained with a protocol for working with parents and children as partners in the process. The AutPlay Therapy Follow Me Approach is explained which details how to work with children with little to no engagement and attunement ability creating special play times to improve connection and relationship development. Additional components such as theoretical underpinnings, understanding dysregulation, improving regulation ability, research, and case examples are covered. Several play therapy interventions are explained and demonstrated through session video clips. Experiential activities are presented, and case conceptualization and planning are discussed.


Once you have registered for the training, you will be emailed a pre-training form with a few instructions before your two-day in-person training. This includes instructions for purchasing and reading the book The AutPlay Therapy Handbook: Integrative Family Play Therapy with Neurodivergent Children by Robert Jason Grant and watching two recorded webinars prior to your training.


Link to order the newest version of the book that will be utilized in training:

https://www.amazon.com/AutPlay%C2%AE-Therapy-Handbook-Integrative-Neurodivergent/dp/1032075481/?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_w=Fqqau&content-id=amzn1.sym.e4bd6ac6-9035-4a04-92a6-fc4ad60e09ad&pf_rd_p=e4bd6ac6-9035-4a04-92a6-fc4ad60e09ad&pf_rd_r=5A4RW3CX4E47Y1WPGM3M&pd_rd_wg=qvSnn&pd_rd_r=92e55328-3301-4e12-a886-1e939e1a759b&ref_=pd_gw_ci_mcx_mr_hp_atf_m


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain neurodiversity and implementing a neurodiversity-affirming approach.
  2. Describe the components of AutPlay Therapy including conducting an AutPlay Therapy session, theoretical underpinnings, phases of therapy, assessment and screening instruments, and goal planning.
  3. Describe common mental health goals addressed in AutPlay Therapy.
  4. Identify several structured play therapy interventions to use for addressing goals.
  5. Discuss how to involve parents and other family members as co-change agents (partners).
  6. Describe the AutPlay model of dysregulation
  7. Identify play therapy interventions to address dysregulation issues.
  8. Implement the AutPlay Follow Me Approach, designed for children with higher needs.
  9. Describe how to work with parents in implementing AutPlay Follow Me play times at home.
  10. Explain research and evidence-based practices in AutPlay Therapy.
  11. Outline the theoretical underpinnings of AutPlay, including seminal play therapy theories and other integrated methods.
  12. Identify at least 6 AutPlay interventions to increase experiential knowledge.


Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals:

This training is approved for:

  •  14 contact CE hrs applicable to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and IBCCES (Certified Autism Specialist and Autism Certificate)
  • 14 contact CE hrs for the Association for Play Therapy (APT).
  • 14 contact CE hrs in Oklahoma for LPC, LMFT, and LCSW.


The independent AutPlay book reading portion of this training is approved for 2 non-contact CE Hrs applicable to the Association for Play Therapy (APT), IBCCES (Certified Autism Specialist and Autism Certificate),  and Oklahoma LPC, LMFT, and LCSW.


Attendees wishing to receive NBCC, APT, or IBCCES continuing education hours must meet the guidelines established by these organizations.


This training is relevant for Registered Play Therapists, Licensed Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Psychologists, School Counselors, Certified Counselors, and other Mental Health Professionals.


Continuing Education for Other Professionals:

This training is approved for 14 contact CE Hrs by IBCCES for the Certified Autism Specialist and Autism Certificate Credentials.


Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Special Education Teachers, and other professionals in case management, education, and medical fields working with children and adolescents with autism and related conditions may complete the AutPlay training but will not receive certification status (certification is for mental health professionals only) and will not receive Play Therapy (APT) or NBCC continuing education hours.



All above information is taken from Dr. Robert Jason Grant's website: www.autplaytherapy.com


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Dr. Robert Jason Grant

Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, including working with neurodivergent children (autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders, and developmental disabilities). He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy framework designed to help address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and adolescents. He is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma-related therapy for children and adults.

Dr. Grant utilizes several years of clinical experience and his own lived neurodivergent experience to work with children and their families. Dr. Grant is committed to providing affirming resources to help address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and their families. He owns and operates the AutPlay® Therapy Clinic in Southwest Missouri, providing play therapy, trauma-informed therapy, and educational resources for the neurodivergent population. Dr. Grant is an international speaker and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. He is a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters, and books including the following titles:

  • The AutPlay® Therapy Handbook: Integrative Family Play Therapy with Neurodivergent Children
  • Play-Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Understanding Sensory Differences: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens
  • Understanding Autism: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens
  • Understanding ADHD: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens
  • AutPlay® Therapy Play and Social Skills Groups: A Ten Session Model
  • Implementing Play Therapy with Groups: Contemporary Issues in Practice
  • Play Therapy Theories and Perspectives: Diversity of Thought in the Field

In 2015, Dr. Grant was awarded Play Therapist of the Year by the Missouri Association for Play Therapy. In 2017, Dr. Grant was presented with the APT Service Award by the National Association for Play Therapy. He is currently serving as the chair of the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy. He is also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). Dr. Grant is also a Certified Life Coach through the PeopleKeys® program and provides life coaching, consultations, and play therapy supervision services. He is also a Board Certified Telepractice Specialist providing therapy and coaching through tele-processes. You can read more about these specific services on the coaching and consultations page.

For speaking, training, and consultation inquiries, you may call Dr. Grant (417)-755-9042 for more information. You may also email Dr. Grant at [email protected] Note: email, phone, and social media correspondence are not typically encrypted nor HIPAA-compatible means of transferring and sharing information you might want to be kept confidential.

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Training Information

Northeastern State University

3100 New Orleans St

Broken Arrow, OK 74014

Training Schedule:

Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, 2023

8:00-8:30 a.m. - Registration and Sign-in

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Training

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Break

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Training

12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-3:15 p.m. Training

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 - 5:15 p.m. Training and Evaluation



APT Approved Provider #17-514

OK Board of Social Work Provider 20220385