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2023 TSTA Conference

Road Trip

Friday, September 8th from 9am-4pm

McKinney, TX

Join TSTA as we road trip to a new city! We are so excited to connect with you all as we learn more about sandtray.

Morning Session 9am-12pm

Kelly will host an experiential workshop where participants will explore the impact of traumatic childhood experiences, how those experiences are stored in the brain, and the healing power of  sandtray play therapy through exploration of The Window of Tolerance.  After learning about the Window of Tolerance participants will get the opportunity to experience an intervention created by Marshall Lyles to create their own Window of Tolerance in the sandtray.

We will break for a catered lunch from 12-1pm.

Afternoon Session 1-4pm

Exploring the Window of Tolerance through Sandtray Play Therapy

Presented by Kelly Pullen, LPC-S, RPT

Schedule + Workshop Details

(Pre)Teenage Wasteland: Humanistic Sandtray Play Therapy in Schools

Presented by
Ryan D. Foster, PhD LPC-S CHST
Ryan Holliman, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Pedro J Blanco, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, CHST

Dr. Foster, Dr. Blanco, and Dr. Holliman will present on how Humanistic sandtray play therapy is a developmentally appropriate form of play therapy for clients 9 years old or older. The presentation will discuss the pragmatic issues regarding the development of a humanistic sandtray play therapy program in a school setting. The presenter will review philosophical underpinnings of humanistic sandtray play therapy and describe how to successfully integrate it in middle school settings with diverse populations. The presentation will include common struggles for students in school settings. The presentation will provide data regarding the impact of sandtray play therapy on students’ trauma and externalizing behavior. 

Fees + What's Included

$200 Non-Members

$165 TSTA Members

$85 Students

Your Registration Includes:

1) Admission to both workshops, for a total of 6 CEs (including all major licenses, sandtray, and play therapy).

Light breakfast and catered lunch

3) Access to a silent auction. All transactions will be collected through PayPal and Venmo. 

4) In-person connection and networking

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made by September 1st will receive a refund minus $30 for processing fees. Cancellations made after the cut-off date will not be refunded.

The Conference Site

The conference will take place in McKinney, TX. This suburb outside of Dallas was founded in 1848. McKinney's historical district is one of the oldest and largest in the state. 
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*Registration deadline is August 28th.

Hotel Rooms Available at Best Western

There is a block of rooms reserved for conference attendees from September 7th-9th. Call 972-548-3000 to make a reservation and tell them you're with TSTA and pay $105 per night.

The hotel is located at 480 Wilson Creek Blvd, McKinney, TX 75069 and is a 5 minute drive from the conference site.
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