Get Anchored: February 17-20, 2022

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A Wellness Retreat for Play Therapists

with Clair Mellenthin, Lisa Dion and Jen Taylor

Program Description: In this four day, retreat-style workshop, participants will use the power of metaphor to explore compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burn-out experienced by play therapists. Participants will explore the stress responses observed during the play therapy process for both the therapist and for the client and learn strategies to manage dysregulation. Participants will examine how attachment styles and relationships impact resiliency after a traumatic world event and use their reflections of their play therapy cases during experiential exercises, therapuetic writing/journaling exercises and group discussions. Participants will analyze the role of gratitude in overcoming challneges and create a self-care plan for use upon return to the play therapy space (whether virtual, in-person or hybrid). Explore various components of self-compassion and discuss its clinical applications and importance for the play therapist Implement 2 journaling interventions that foster self-reflection and case conceptualization of your work in the playroom. Examine what regulation is and what it is not and how play therapists can use this knowledge to deal with compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma Identify your own patterns of dysregulation and ways to regulate through the activation to support your ability to self-regulate and co-regulate Explore ways to identify different states of dysregulation in your own body and your child client’s body Identify and discuss at least 4 ideas from neurobiology, the creative arts, and mindfulness to help you stay present in the playroom and deal with the stress in between sessions Examine the role that “should's" play in the development of symptoms in the therapist and the child client. Utilize mindfulness and breath work to address stress responses and prevent burnout for the play therapist Examine the ethics and importance of self care practices as part of the professional development of the play therapist Create and identify at least 2 strategies to incorporate in the play therapist's self care plan Examine the role that gratitude plays in overcoming challenges and regulating the nervous system Learn how to notice and manage your own personal stress responses Identify ways that your attachment styles and resources have played a role in your response to stressLearn how to process traumatic events and create a meaningful narrative in your play therapy practice using a four-part journaling technique. Practice somatic regulation strategies to anchor yourself in the play therapy process APT credit hours for this training are sponsored by Clair Mellenthin LLC APT Provider: 15-442 Jennifer Taylor has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6928. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Jennifer Taylor is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Clair Mellenthin, Lisa Dion and Jen Taylor


Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has focused on providing play therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Child & Adolescents at Wasatch Family Therapy.Ms. Mellenthin is a sought after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She is the Past-President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy and remains an active member on the Board of Directors. She is the author of My Many Colors of Me Workbook.


Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an international teacher, creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, and host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast. She is the author of Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity and is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.


Jennifer Taylor, LCSW-C, RPT-S

Jennifer Taylor is an LCSW-C and RPT-S with nearly 20 years experience in the field of social work. She is EMDR Certified and an Approved Consultant. She is a certified Journal to the Self Instructor.   She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis currently living near Baltimore, MD.   Jennifer graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in 1999. She graduated from the Florida State University with a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2005. Jennifer is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Maryland, Florida, Tennessee and Hawaii.  

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  • FOOD

    Refuel your tank! Nibble on some tasty treats upon arrival on Thursday! Breakfast, refreshments and snacks will be provided on both Friday and Saturday! Lunch on Friday is included! And we've even got a great dinner planned for Saturday night!

  • FUN

    Relax and Unwind: Saturday night we set sail for a relaxing dinner cruise in the San Diego Harbor. We incorporate all of our senses as we notice the breeze, the smell of the water and the gentle rocking of the boat.

  • Community

    Our Facebook Group will help you meet and connect with other participants before you arrive, share photos during the event, and keep relationships thriving as you return home.

Space is Limited

Register before 12/31/2021 for Early Bird Discount. Regular Price is $850


  • What is included in my registration fee?

    Registration Fees Include Just About Everything You Need: EARLY BIRD: $725 (until 11/30/2021) Registration: $850 ( after 12/1/2021) Registration fee includes Four days of guided instruction and experiential exercises led by Clair Mellenthin, Lisa Dion and Jen Taylor Thursday: Opening Evening Reception with Light Refreshments Friday: Breakfast and Lunch Saturday: Breakfast AND Dinner Cruise Ticket to San Diego Harbor Cruise (dinner included) Sunday: Breakfast Hotel, airfare, transportation, child care or any other travel expenses are not included in the cost of registration.

  • Where should I stay?

    Make your hotel reservations at conference hotel: Humphreys Half Moon Inn on Shelter Island using our special event rates. Humphreys Half Moon Inn 2303 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, California 92106 Phone: 619-224-3411 Fax: 619-224-3478 Email: Book by 1/17/2022. Reserved conference rooms will book quickly - please reserve early! Special rates start at $129/night (Thursday) and $179 (Friday/Saturday) USD/night plus taxes and fees. Additional rooms at special rates include waterfront views and suites. Book here for standard room (or contact the hotel directly and ask for our special rates on suites and other upgraded room choices). Hotel and Transportation Information Check-in and Check-out Check in: 4:00 PM Check out: 11:00 AM Parking On-site parking, fee: Overnight $18 USD per day and $10 per day for daytime only parking. Airport San Diego International Airport - SAN Hotel direction: 3 miles (a 10 minute drive) This hotel does not provide shuttle service. High-Speed Internet Included in Humphreys Passport for $15 per day plus taxes and includes discounts on dining, entertainment and activities. See hotel website for more details. Hotel, airfare, and any rental car reservations are not included in conference registration and are the responsibility of the participant. If you need help making reservations, please contact Jen Taylor at Book your room for Play Therapy Retreat

  • Will there be Continuing Education Credits?

    YES. 14 APT contact hours are sponsored by Clair Mellenthin LLC, APT Provider 15-442. 14 NBCC credit hours are sponsored by Jennifer Taylor. Jennifer Taylor has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No 6928. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly listed. Jennifer Taylor is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • What COVID precautions are you taking?

    Your safety at this event is our number one concern, especially given that this event is designed to foster close connections! As such, we are taking a very conservative stance regarding COVID precautions. All participants will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival to the program, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, masks will be required during all program activities. Full refund (less $100 admin fee) before 11/30/2021 50% Refund until 12/31/2021 No refunds after 1/31/2022. COVID related cancellations: Due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic, the program organizers will follow all local, state, and national guidance regarding in-person events. If the event is cancelled due to hotel closures or other governmental regulations, participants will receive a full refund of program fees. The hotel venue has agreed to refund any lodging booked for this program in the event of a COVID related closure. Participants are responsible for ensuring that any other travel related costs are refundable or to fully understand the policies related to cancelling/rescheduling airfare, rental cars, etc. Participants who need to cancel last-minute due to a positive COVID test we will receive a refund of registration fees minus $100 administrative fee.