2017 Summer Institute

5th Annual RPSI:

Play Therapy is Outta this World!

August 3, 4, & 5

Hampton Inn, Great Falls, MT

Participants receive a 5% discount for signing up for 2 days and a 10% discount for signing up for all 3 days.  All workshops are approved for CEU hours by the State of Montana & Association for Play Therapy. 

The Final Frontier: Incorporating Technology into Play Therapy

Thursday, 08/03/17, 1:00p-5:00p

4 CEUs, $80

Practically every aspect of our lives is impacted by technology, should our play therapy practices be any different?  This workshop will explore technology trends as they relate to children & their treatment goals.  Participants will leave equipped to translate technology into effective play therapy interventions.

Instructor: Crystal Amundson, MS, LCPC, RPT-S

Course Objectives

  1. Recognize various types of technology (including cameras, tablets, and the internet) that can be incorporated into a play therapy session.
  2. Describe at least 10 different play therapy interventions that incorporate the use of technology.
  3. List populations and circumstances that the use of technology in play therapy may be counter-indicated.
  4. Design a set of best practices for the safe and ethical use of technology in play therapy sessions.


Ready for Launch: Assessment & Diagnosis in Play Therapy

Friday, 08/04/17, 9:00a-5:00p

7 CEUs, $140

As play therapists, we shoot for the stars.  This workshop will outline the tools and procedures to have in place to get things off the ground in an ethical, culturally aware manner.  Participants will explore pediatric-oriented diagnostic systems, learn a multitude of play-based assessments, and practice formulating diagnostic impressions that will stand up to insurance audits and concerned caregivers.  APT Approved Provider 12-307 maintains responsibility for this course & course content enhances multicultural competency.  Instructor: Crystal Amundson, MS, LCPC, RPT-S

Course Objectives

  1. Describe similarities and differences of 2 Diagnostic Classification Systems commonly used with play therapy clients.
  2. Identify qualities of ethical and culturally competent play therapy assessment practices.
  3. List at least 15 play therapy interventions used for assessment.
  4. Practice formulating diagnostic impressions for play therapy clients from course materials, case studies, and experiential activities.


Out-of-Sync with Mission Control: Sensory-Informed Play Therapy

Saturday, 08/05/17, 9:00a-5:00p

7 CEUs, $140

Children with sensory integration concerns have a difficult time making sense of their world. Layer this on top of mental health concerns, and “Huston, we’ve got a problem.” Thankfully, as our understanding of the nervous system develops, so does the potential for effective intervention. This course will combine the knowledge and experience of a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor to take your understanding of sensory integration to new levels. APT Approved Provider 12-307 maintains responsibility for this course.

Instructors: Crystal Amundson, MS, LCPC, RPT-S and Charla Banks MOTR/L

Course Objectives

  1. Identify the 7 sensory systems involved with sensory integration during play therapy.
  2. Describe basic neuroscience as it relates to children in play therapy.
  3. List differences and similarities between Occupational Therapy and Play Therapy & identify when referral is appropriate.
  4. Identify characteristics & practice designing a sensory-friendly play therapy office setting.
  5. Learn & practice a variety of sensory-informed play therapy interventions.


Stay where we’ll play!  The hotel features a pool, free breakfast, and shopping/restaurants within walking distance.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn. Both Double Queen & Single King rooms are available for $119+tax. If you’d like this discounted rate, please call 406-453-2675 no later than July 5th to make your reservation.

APT Approved Provider 12-307 maintains responsibility for all programming.