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Holding Space in Times of Tragedy: Play Therapy, Clinical Applications, and Self-Care in a Culture of Mass Shootings

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Holding Space in Times of Tragedy: Play Therapy, Clinical Applications, and Self-Care in a Culture of Mass Shootings
Holding Space in Times of Tragedy: Play Therapy, Clinical Applications, and Self-Care in a Culture of Mass Shootings

Time & Location

Sep 09, 2023, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Dallas, 11211 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230, USA


About the event


Mass shootings are a collective trauma which may leave therapists and children feeling helpless. Play therapists can empower themselves by collaborating together, preparing their clinical toolbox for the possibility of tragedy, and cultivating self-care skills. This workshop will provide didactic and experiential opportunities to prepare play therapists to work with populations impacted by mass shootings.


1. Participants will examine the impact of mass violence on play therapists and children.

2. Participants will explore clinical and play therapy applications in working with populations impacted by mass shootings.

3. Participants will identify self-care strategies they can utilize when working with play therapy clients impacted by mass shootings.


9am to 12:30pm 

15 minute break

Breakfast included


Liza Raynor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervisor (LCSW-S) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT.) At Momentous Institute, she works in the preschool interventionn program, Launch, as well as with families in areas of trauma, attachment, anxiety, and dysregulation. Liza’s background in domestic violence, adoption, trauma, and disrupted attachment informs her work with children. She incorporates Theraplay, Trust-Based Relationship Intervention (TBRI), TraumaPlay, sensory regulation, and EMDR in her work with children and their parents. Liza equips parents and caregivers to be therapeutic partners in their child’s healing and growth.

Lupita Rentería (she/her/ella) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervisor (LCSW-S) and has formal training in Theraplay, TF-CBT, and is a EMDR certified therapist. Lupita enjoys integrating sandtray, play therapy, and parts-work into her therapeutic approach as an EMDR therapist. Lupita is passionate about strengthening attachment relationships within the parent-child dyad and addressing intergenerational trauma wounds. Lupita has worked alongside trauma

survivors across the lifespan including survivors of sexual abuse, crime, domestic violence, and the immigrant and Latine/x communities as a licensed therapist for the past seven years.

Magela Robinson is a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) who is also trained in TF-CBT, and EMDR. Magela has been working in the field for over 18 years and works as a licensed clinician to provide therapy services to individuals, families and children who are survivors of abuse, crime, and complex trauma. Her areas of professional experQse include working with immigrant and LaQnx/e community, Trauma recovery, abuse, grief, anxiety and crisis intervenQon.

Diana Rodriguez (she/ella) is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas as well as a National Certified Counselor. Diana has experience working alongside Latinx/e families for 10 years. She has worked in community-based intervention programs such as “Juega Conmigo” and “Huddle Up” alongside providing counseling services for Latinx/e families and adolescents. Currently, Diana is attending Texas A&M – Commerce and hopes to complete her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision by the year 2024. Diana’s research interest include bilingual (Spanish/English) counselor education and supervision, treatment modalities for recently migrated Latinx/e youth, and program development.

Fees & CE's:

FREE for chapter members to attend

$25 for non-chapter members

3 CE's included applicable to APT and TX LPC, LCSW, LMFT 

Workshop sponsored by North Texas Chapter of TxAPT. APT approved provider: #99-072

This workshop counts as in-person / contact training for APT.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: Registration cancellation refund requests should be submitted to We reserve the right to cancel this training in the event of unforeseen circumstances. If such occurs, we will attempt to notify registrants prior to the event and refund all registration, workshop, and continuing education fees. In all instances, the liability of the North Texas Chapter of TxAPT is limited to refunding such fees.


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