Have you ever felt stuck, confused, or frustrated in the play therapy process?

  • Do you need a deeper understanding of why you are doing what you are doing in the playroom?

    And confidence in your ability to create theoretically sound treatment plans that you know will work.

  • Did you learn there is only one “right” way of doing play therapy?

    And now that you are in clinical practice, you're realizing that you may need more tools in your toolbox

  • Are you ready to learn how to engage in play therapy in new ways?

    It's time to learn how to have an integrative, prescriptive, and systemic play therapy practice!

Take your Practice to New Heights in this Mountain-Top Play Therapy Retreat

With the ALL the essentials included so you can spend more time enjoying the area and on nourishing yourself!

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast each day is included in the cost of your registration. We want to start the day off right!

  • Lunch

    Lunch is Included also! Your Day 1 and Day 2 lunches are included as part of your registration -so you don't have to worry about rushing back and forth during lunch breaks.


    And of course, morning AND afternoon snacks are included as well as plenty of coffee! We know how your energy level can dip after lunch and we'll help you recharge with a sweet treat.

Check out this beautiful resort

The Grand Summit, Park City, Utah

The resort gave us a phenomenal deal with rooms at only $209 per night - so it's even easier to stay on site! Check out their award winning golf, spa, restaurants, pools, hiking, and there's even a gondola to take you right to the top of the mountain! ?Our discounted room start at just $209 per Park City has all sorts of fun summer activities for you to explore and enjoy nature. Park City is known for the art galleries and unique shopping experiences. Located at: 4000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City, Utah, 84098

3 Days with these 3 Play Therapy Leaders

What you will Learn


There exists a multitude of techniques within the modality of play therapy, but what do we need to understand about the integrative rhythm of play therapy theory, intervention, and the complexities of the individual client? Join us in the beautiful mountains of Park City, Utah as we deconstruct and conceptualize the utilization of play therapy interventions within a mindful theory based approach designed to support individual client manifestations and address play therapy goals.

Understanding why you are doing what you are doing is crucial to practice play therapy in a competent, confident manner.

Join us as we dive into the whys and the whats that make play therapy work.

This retreat is perfect for the new or experienced play therapist. As a participant, you will go beyond your current skill set and develop a new perspective in your play therapy practice with individual, family, and group work. 

Come ready to take a deeper exploration into the synthesis of play therapy theory and intervention.

Participants will leave with a toolbox of interventions, a solid understanding of how theory and practice interweave throughout, and have plenty of time for self-care and relaxation in the mountainous beauty of Utah!

Learning Objectives:

1) Analyze the difference and similarities of the seminal play therapy theories.

2) Analyze various family systems through the lens of attachment theory to strengthen clinical assessment skills.

3) Conceptualize attachment patterns that impact parent-child relationships to further advance your clinical practice.

4) Implement play therapy interventions to foster engagement with parents in family play therapy in order to repair, and enhance the parent-child relationship.

5) Conceptualize how play therapy interventions align with play therapy theory.

6) Deconstruct play therapy interventions for alignment with client individualization.

5) Describe the theoretical and therapeutic goal purpose for implementation of a specific play therapy intervention.

6) Explain content, purpose and goal alignment of play therapy interventions to parents and third parties.

7) Describe at least 2 digital play therapy interventions to implement with clients.

8) Practice 4 play therapy interventions to implement with families.

9) Describe at least 4 play therapy interventions to implement with groups.

10) Identity integration processes and perspective when implementing play therapy interventions.

11) Determine the developmental stages of attachment needs and behaviors to identify maladaptive responses in children and families.

12) Explore various components of self-compassion and discuss its clinical applications and importance in working traumatized clients.

13) Apply mindfulness skills and practice in play therapy treatment to promote self-soothing and affect regulation.

14) Complete a journal prompt regarding the conceptualization of play therapy theory and technique.

15) Complete a reflective/experiential exercise regarding personal growth in theory/intervention/client coalescence.

16) Understand their own “fit” as a play therapist working from a theoretical knowledge and implementing play therapy interventions.

Three Instructors - Interweaving Play Therapy Theories and Interventions

Join Us in Park City, Utah August 3rd--5th, 2023

The Grand Summit Hotel will be providing our meeting room space as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks. The Grand Summit is one of the country’s largest four season destination resorts. It offers you an expansive variety of summer activities and events. In addition to fresh mountain air, gourmet dining, scenic gondola rides, breath-taking hikes, and an expansive array of mountain bike trails. The Hotel stands majestically at the epicenter of the Canyons Resort Village from which all activities and vibrancy emanate. Park City’s historic Main Street is only a scenic 4.2 mile drive from Canyons. The Grand Summit is located 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International (SLC) airport.


Instructor 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 Attachment Centered Play Therapy, My Many Colors of Me Workbook.

Instructor Robert Jason Grant, EdD, M.S., LPC, NCC, RPT-S

I hold a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, Master’s Degree in Counseling, and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and families, primarily serving neurodivergent children (autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders, and developmental disabilities). I am the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy framework designed to help address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and adolescents. I am also trauma informed and trained and utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I utilize several years of advanced training and my own lived neurodivergent experience to work with children and their families. I have infused my experience and love for education and mental health care to create training programs for professionals and caregivers. I am an international trainer and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. I am also 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 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 Implementing Play Therapy with Groups: Contemporary Issues in Practice Play Therapy Theories and Perspectives: Diversity of Thought in the Field In 2015, I was awarded Play Therapist of the Year by the Missouri Association for Play Therapy. In 2017, I was presented with the APT Service Award by the National Association for Play Therapy. I am currently serving on the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy. I am also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). For speaking, training, and consultation inquires, you may contact me at (417)-755-9042 for more information. You may also email me at drgrant@robertjasongrant.com

Instructor Jessica Stone, PhD, RPT-S

Jessica Stone, Ph.D., CPO, CEO, RPT-S is an international speaker, sought after clinical supervisor, Registered Play Therapist-supervisor, and renowned psychologist. She is the Chief Psychology Officer at AscendantVR, the co-creator and CEO of The Virtual Sandtray®©, a best-selling author, and developer of Digital Play Therapy™. Dr. Stone has been featured for her work throughout the virtual world as an innovator, ambassador of play, and stalwart advocate for the use of digital technology in the field of psychology. She is an affiliate of the East Carolina University College of Education Neurocognition Science Laboratory, serves as an active member of numerous professional boards, and is the founder of the Mental Health Virtual Reality (MHVR) International Coalition.

Reserve your retreat to Park City, Utah

And interweave high quality play therapy training with a restorative nature-based retreat setting

A Look at the Schedule

Training days give you time to learn AND time to explore Park City.

  • Day 1: 6 hours focused on play interventions for working with individual clients.

  • Day 2: 6 hours focused on play interventions for working with families and groups.

  • Day 3: 4 hours focused on experiential reflective conceptualization of day 1 and 2 material.

Save $125 when you register by June 1st!

Come learn, play, explore and soak in the restoring power of nature.

Continuing Education Credits

Earn 16 Continuing Education Credits during this 3-day training

  • 16 APT CONTACT HOURS from Robert Jason Grant Ed.D is an APT Approved Provider #12-318 for continuing education. Visit a4pt.org to learn more about APT (Association for Play Therapy).

  • For those completing the RPT credential, the 16 hours can be counted as up to 6 toward seminal theory and up to 6 toward skills and methods. The remainder and any of the 16 can count toward special topics and applicants choice.

  • 16 NBCC Credit Hours AutPlay Therapy Clinic has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6595. Visit nbcc.org to learn more about NBCC.


  • What if I have a special request?

    If you have a specific need (regarding food allergies, etc) or need something to help make your training experience suit your individual needs, let's discuss it. Email Jen Taylor at info@jentaylorplaytherapy.com

  • What is the refund policy?

    Early Bird Registration Fee $825 before June 1st, 2023. Regular Fee $950 after May 1st, 2023. Last to register is July 15th, 2023. Cancellation Policy: For trainings hosted by the AutPlay Therapy Clinic – Robert Jason Grant Ed.D, registration for trainings may be canceled with a full refund up to 24 hours after registration/payment has been made. Registrations canceled after that time will not receive a refund but participants may transfer their registration to another person at no charge.