APT content area: Special Topics


 A three-hour training focused on the use of touch in therapy. This day in age, it is very stressful to use touch in therapy due to the liability of using physical touch with a child. This is made even more complicated by the myriad of traumas, neglect, and attachment struggles that our clients experience before coming to our office. Despite these struggles, touch is an essential ingredient to building attachment and regulation in young children. Therefore, this training is designed to help therapists understand the ethical dilemmas, best practices and importance of touch in play therapy.

Learning Objectives – Participants will

  • Clinicians will discuss ethical dilemmas and best practices in the use of touch based on APT’s Paper on Touch.
  • Clinicians will identify 3 forms of touch they feel comfortable using in the play therapy room.
  • Clinicians will identify 3 appropriate and intentional sues of touch during play therapy.
  • Clinicians will discuss ways to identify negative uses of touch in play therapy and the triggers for those interactions

Instructor Bio:

Robyn D Rausch, LPC-S, RPT-S, trainer Robyn has 8 years of experience in play therapy. She has been working with kids with mental health difficulties most of her life and has a great passion for helping families build resilience and regulation. She currently works with Renewing Hope Counseling in Houston, Texas and advocates through her business, Calming Communities. She practices Adlerian Play Therapy through Relational Cultural Lens and includes a lot of neuroscience as the foundation for skill building. For more information about Robyn, check out her page www.calmingcommunities.com

Robyn Rausch, LPC-S, RPT-S